Great Britain’s Women’s team suffered their first defeat at the European Championships as Paralympic champions the Netherlands proved too strong in a close-fought contest.
Bo Kramer and Mariska Beijer starred for the Dutch, scoring 29 and 21 points respectively.
From Great Britain, Helen Freeman and captain Charlotte Moore led a team determined to push their opponents all the way, and started the game strongly, Pressuring the Netherlands from the off, it took over a minute to see the first points of the game, Freeman netting a 2-pointer to give Great Britain the lead.
Up against the very best, but the first quarter remained a close encounter – only as we approached the final two minutes did the Netherlands flex their muscles and establish a slightly healthier lead.
Joy Haizelden was on top form from the free-throw line, scoring 4 in succession to draw Great Britain closer to their counterparts. Unfortunately for the Brits, both of the Netherlands’ sharp-shooters were in-form from every position on the court, and despite stern pressure from the likes of the industrious Lucy Robinson, put in an impressive attacking performance.
Great Britain Women return to action with another tough game against Spain.