< /p> Czech Republic – Netherlands, final match of group I qualification for the European Championship 2023 women's basketball, February 12, 2023, Prague. Czech players celebrate their victory and promotion to the European Championship.
Prague – Czech female basketball players can look forward to their fifteenth participation in the European Championship in a row. In the decisive match, they defeated the Netherlands 69:49 in Prague at Královka and dominated the three-member group I, from which only the winners qualified. The tournament in Israel and Slovenia will be played from June 15 to 25 this year.
Photo gallery: Qualification of female basketball players for European Championship 2023
The wards of coach Romana Ptáčková could afford to lose by a maximum of five points to progress. A group from which Belarus was excluded, but they finished with a 100% record of four wins. The best scorer of the match was captain Renáta Březinová with 19 points.
In the beginning, the Dutchman Březinová responded to the lead three times, and Natálie Stoupalová put home players in the lead for the first time. Thanks to Veronica Voráčková, the Czechs took a 10:7 lead, but Iris Vennema made it 12:10 for the visiting team with a three-pointer after the first quarter.
At the start of the second half, the home basketball players extended their lead to seven points. Petra Holešínská started it with two successful sixes, Březinová scored a triple and Stoupalová scored after a great turn.
The Dutch had only one converted free throw by Natalie van den Adelová, while the difference increased to 24:13 thanks to a three-pointer by Gabriela Andělová, a basket by Eliška Hamzová and two sixes by Březinová. The Netherlands put a basket out of the game after a long nine minutes and 32 seconds thanks to Laura Cornelius. But Tereza Vyoralová answered immediately with a three-pointer and the Czechs led 31:19 at halftime.
The star of the evening in front of 1,823 spectators at Královka Březinová started the third quarter with a converted six-pointer, and Holešínská added two more free throws. Overall, with a 12:4 passage, the home players were already ahead by 20 points. The Netherlands lost, but the eleven-point streak gave the Czechs a 54:27 lead.
Although the visiting team corrected the situation with three-pointers by Jamailah Adams and Esther Fokke at the end of the third and the beginning of the final quarter, the Czech team could calmly enjoy the final minutes of the qualification. After the hits of Emma Čechová, Simona Sklenářová and Anežka Kopecka, all 12 players from the match roster entered the score sheet.
Czech Republic – Netherlands 69:49 (10:12, 31:19, 54:30)
Most points: Březinová 19, Voráčková 9, G. Andělová 7, Stoupalová, Hamzová and Holešínská 6 each, Vyoralová 5, Zeithammerová 3, Čechová, Kopecká, Sklenářová and Vojtíková 2 each – Fokkeová, Vennemaová 9 each, Westeriková 7. Fouls: 18:18. Free throws: 19/18 – 22/10. Triples: 5:7. Rebounds: 38:36.