16 Sep 14
You would be hard pressed to find a player in any Great Britain programme who rose to the fore more during this past summer than Rachael Vanderwal.
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.
For the box score click here.