In the first women’s matchup of day five, Great Britain took on Italy. Great Britain entered the game with two wins and one loss whilst the Italians three losses. The Italians faced an uphill battle from the start. GB opened up their scoring account with a basket from number 9, Judith Hamer. The GB women produced a dominant first half performance displaying a tough unrelenting defense and flowing offence. The GB full court press put the Italians under huge pressure, forcing turnovers and preventing the Italians from scoring in the quarter. GB led 20-0 at the end of the first period.
Despite the strong defensive display from the GB team, the Italian number 13, Dianna, sank a long two point effort to register Italy’s first points of the match. The GB lead continued to grow whilst GB coach Miles Thompson rotated his bench effectively. GB ended the first half with a 34-2 lead.
The second half played out much like the first, as GB continued to add points to their tally and kept it tight in defense, the third quarter finished 52-4 with GB leading. Italy had their best scoring quarter in the fourth period of the game, with six points. Despite Italy’s relentless effort, GB stretched out their lead to 69-10 before the final buzzer.
GB: 1. A Conroy (12); 2 J.Hamer (14); 3.R .Love (11)
Italy : 1: B.Ion (4); 2 I. D’anna (4) ; 3. M.Roglieri (2)
MVP: Great Britain’s Amy Conroy