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Stars shine as Qualifiers conclude
MUNICH (FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 Qualifiers) – The Qualifiers ended in style, with several players showing pure class to lead their team to next year’s FIBA Women's EuroBasket.
Holding their fate in their own hands, Great Britain got the job done with an 83-42 win over Portugal to top Group D and punch their ticket to the Final Round. Johannah Leedham underlined her leadership qualities with an all-action 18 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.
There were also smiles in Belgium, as Emma Meesseman led the home side to a crucial 66-62 triumph over Czech Republic. The 25-year-old collected 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to ensure a FIBA Women's EuroBasket berth for the 2017 bronze medalists.
Joining her in the frontcourt of the Top Performer lineup is Glory Johnson after she posted an outstanding double-double of 27 points and 16 boards, while also adding 3 steals and a pair of blocks in Montenegro's 82-68 win in Slovakia. The Montenegrins clinched top spot in their group to qualify for next year's championship.
Bosnia and Herzegovina edged out Iceland 84-74 to finish second behind Montenegro but were one of the two unlucky runners-up to miss out on the Final Round. Forward Marica Gajic had left a mark on the Qualifiers and bowed out with another impressive stat line, with 13 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 4 blocks to her name.
Iceland guard Helena Sverrisdottir found herself on the losing end, but could find some consolation in earning Top Performer honors after flirting with a triple-double, finishing the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.