Another close game for Great Britain women saw them edge out Germany in the final group stage game, booking a rematch against the Germans in the semi-finals.
Despite less-than-ideal conditions with Great Britain missing players and their coaching staff isolating, the team put in a collective effort to be proud of, and showed impressive mental resilience to stand their ground against a strong opponent.
Even with such a team effort – Robyn Love put in an especially strong performance, top scoring with 18 and playing every minute of the game.
There was nothing between the teams after the first quarter, Sophie Carrigill drew Great Britain level with a lovely effort on three minutes. In quarter two it was Charlotte Moore who turned on the style, netting twice in quick succession as the balance began to tip towards GB’s favour. Moore added 7 points in the second quarter alone, a vital contribution in a huge victory.
Going into the final quarter ten points clear of Germany, two coolly taken free-throws from Robyn Love early in the quarter settled any late nerves, and despite a few free-throw opportunities missed later in the quarter, Great Britain had done enough to invoke some desperation in the German team.
Capitalising effectively on some excessive fouls and some frantic play from their opponents as they tried to get back in the game, Great Britain saw out the encounter with bold and energetic pressing – Helen Freeman stealing the ball herself and scoring in style with just 3 minutes left.
Great Britain Women finished 40-53 winners, advancing to the semi-finals where they will take on Germany once more.