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GB start Belgium tournament with loss to Germany

Friday, 01-Jun-2012

The Standard Life GB Women's team lost 68-54 to Germany on Friday in their opening game of the four nation tournament in Liege.
 
Tom Maher's line-up was never able to come back from an early deficit despite a battling rally.
 
Rose AndersonJo Leedham had a team-high 11 points as well as 7 rebounds for GB who now face Ukraine in their second game on Saturday before finishing the tournament against Belgium on Sunday.
 
"We didn't start well today, we weren't ready," Maher commented. "They caught us out and we were left playing catch up the whole game.
 
"We have to get back to basics, focus on the things we're good at and take it one game at a time from here," he added.
 
Britain briefly led in the opening quarter but eventually went as much as 18 behind as the Germans stormed ahead. Pulling clear with a 10-0 run, Germany - paced by a game-high 18 points from Romy Bar - punished British turnovers to lead 34-18 at half-time.
 
However GB used their inside game to steadily claw back the deficit, closing to 48-39 with ten minutes left. Despite a 32-22 rebounding advantage - even in the absence of the injured Kim Butler - Maher's side had left themselves with too much to do.
 
Young star Temi Fagbenle added 10 points and 7 boards for GB.
 
With the start of the Olympics exactly eight weeks away on Saturday, guard Rose Anderson commented that the side don't need any extra motivation from Maher to set their sights high: "Even if he didn't give us that message, we'd have that mentality anyway," said the Scot.
 
"We want to get people behind us. Even if they don't understand the sport, we want to show we have energy and that we're a team people can be proud of."

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