The Luxembourg national women's basketball team continued their qualifying campaign for EuroBasket 2025 on Sunday with a thrilling victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Luxembourg faced off against their opponents, ranked 17th in the world and 7th in Europe, in front of an 800-strong crowd at the Coque in Kirchberg on Sunday.
The home team got off to a strong start and soon established a ten-point lead, as Faith Ehi Etute and Magaly Meynadie were unstoppable, with the former scoring 18 points in the first half alone. After 20 minutes, Mariusz Dziurdzia's Red Lionesses led the match 47:34.
In the second half, Luxembourg remained a step ahead of their opponents, heading into the final quarter at 59:47. As the end of the game approached, the home side extended their lead to 15 points.
Although Bosnia-Herzegovina battled to shorten the gap between the two teams, Luxembourg's players were quick to respond, and their tenacity paid off. The Red Lionesses emerged with a surprise victory of 77:64 against a side ranked 49 places higher than Luxembourg. Forward Ehi Etute delivered a stellar performance for the Grand Duchy, achieving 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals.
Sunday's match represented Luxembourg's second win in two games, after beating Switzerland 56:48 last week. The next qualifier will take place later this month.
At half-time, Luxembourg's U18 girls' team were honoured on the court for their achievement at the U18 European Championship over the summer, during which they won second place in the B division.
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