GB women out of European Championships in Poland

By Jessica CreightonOlympic sports reporter

Great Britain women have slumped out of the European Championships after they lost 64-57 to Turkey and Russia beat the Czech Republic.

With Russia overcoming the Czechs 69-55, GB can no longer progress to the knock-out stages of what is their debut EuroBasket competition.

Natalie Stafford led the way for GB against Turkey with 18 points.

GB still have one match to play on Monday against Russia, 2009's EuroBasket runners-up.

GB made a positive start, sinking the first basket and winning three offensive rebounds in the opening 90 seconds.

But GB could not withstand pressure from Turkey, who went on an eight-point run to take an 8-5 lead midway through the first quarter.

Star player Johannah Leedham ended that run with a basket off the backboard but GB's attack continued to stall as they racked up six turnovers in the opening quarter alone.

GB's front line then came to life and they managed to draw level at 27-27 with three-and-a-half minutes to go in the second period.

But Turkey replied vigorously again to lead 33-27 at half-time after Birsel Vardarli and Naile Ivegin netted back-to-back three pointers.

Turkey increased the lead to 10 points in the third quarter but GB managed to cut the deficit to 45-40 as Stafford hit an excellent three.

As the clocked ran down in the final stanza, Britain trailed by just two points at one stage but the Turkish defence stood strong.

In marked contrast to the gutsy performance against Lithuania in their previous match, GB lacked the energy to ever really trouble Turkey, who placed ninth in their last EuroBasket outing in 2009.

Following two losses in the second group stage and Russia's 69-55 win against the Czech Republic, GB will be playing for pride in their final group game versus Russia on Monday.

Watch GB v Russia, live on BBC Red Button and (UK users only), Monday 27 June, 1430 BST.

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