The Standard Life GB Women missed out on making it three wins in a row this evening when they were defeated 73-54 by the host nation, Turkey, in Ankara.
Both teams were previously undefeated in the tournament so went into the game looking to seal the International Foundation Tournament title, but it was the EuroBasket Women 2011 runners up, Turkey, who took the honours. A decisive 13-4 run saw the Turkish side take a 50-40 lead at the end of the third quarter and they never looked back as they went on to secure the victory.
Jo Leedham led the GB scoring for the third night in a row with 14 points, while Azania Stewart battled hard inside for her team-high 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Head coach Tom Maher was disappointed with the result against some tough opposition: "We were competitive for almost three quarters but there was too much slippage, too many unforced mistakes. In the end we lost to the better team."
GB kept pace throughout the first half and trailed just 30-28 at the break, but Turkey's Alban and Hollingsworth made some key baskets in the third that finally turned the game in their favour.
Leedham was presented with the tournament's Most Valuable Player award, having averaged an impressive 21.7 points over the three games, but was she was also disappointed GB could not get a third straight win: "In the second half we were scrappy and had a really poor third quarter, but we've just got to stay focused, stay persistent, make plays, get loose balls and just make smarter plays overall."
However Leedham believes that GB took a few big steps this weekend and that will come in handy as they get ready to face the Czech Republic.
She added: "We've got two more games, so we're looking forward to them and to just keep moving forward."
Those games will take place in Prague this coming Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, against a Czech team currently ranked fourth in the world.
February 06th, 2017: British Basketball has secured £1,000,000 of National Lottery funding, from Sport England, to support the delivery of its programmes this year, including its campaign at EuroBasket 2017. The funding will help ensure the Great Britain team receives the preparation it needs, when it competes at EuroBasket 2017 and will provide vital support for other programmes over the 2017-18 funding period.