Britain’s ladies should beat European champions Spain on the ultimate day of the Olympic qualifying occasion in Belgrade after shedding 82-79 to South Korea.
Searching for to develop into the primary nationwide squad to qualify by proper for Tokyo 2020, GB trailed all through however rallied with a late 15-Zero spurt.
Temi Fagbenle led GB with 28 factors and Johannah Leedham-Warner added 21 however GB misplaced for the second time in three days.
GB, Spain and South Korea are actually chasing two qualifying spots on Sunday.
A second defeat in Serbia leaves Britain backside of the four-team desk and so they need to hope that China, who’ve already certified, beat South Korea.
“You possibly can’t play like that, we’re enjoying for an Olympic ticket, we’re not on the YMCA … it’s important to play with urgency from the beginning and never simply within the final 5 minutes once you realise it is nearly over,” Leedham-Warner informed BBC Sport.
“Proper now we’ve got to give attention to Spain. It is do or die. It isn’t going to return all the way down to ability, it is come all the way down to who needs it extra.”
China’s earlier 64-62 upset win in opposition to Spain meant GB would have been dwelling and dry for Tokyo with a win, however it did little to settle their nerves. Leedham-Warner, who hit the primary six pictures of the sport, seemed as prepared as ever however her team-mates spilled early pictures that they’d scored within the opening recreation in opposition to China.
On the different finish South Korea, who misplaced their first recreation by 37 factors to Spain, have been exhibiting gorgeous capturing kind, hitting 5 of seven three-point makes an attempt within the first quarter.
GB’s restoration began with a change of defensive set to cease South Korea’s shooters and continued when Karlie Samuelson discovered her capturing vary for the primary time since she got here to Belgrade.
She added two extra threes to maintain her workforce within the hunt, though GB nonetheless trailed 45-37 on the interval.
GB at all times struggled to make inroads into the lead within the second half, with South Korea’s WNBA star Park Ji-su main her workforce at each ends because the lead stayed stubbornly in double figures.
That modified dramatically within the final six minutes when Samuelson sparked a late 15-Zero run which supplied GB hope, just for a misplaced possession, two South Korean free throws and a missed three by Rachael Vanderwal within the final minute to stop GB’s qualification for Tokyo, or a minimum of delay it for 24 hours.
‘We’ve got to show it round quick’
GB captain Chantelle Helpful:
“Korea had an important capturing night time, they went 60% from the three-point line. We in all probability began to chip away at their lead somewhat too late.
“I do not assume we have been too nervous coming into this recreation. It is good to have nerves coming right into a recreation like this. We knew how essential this recreation was however there’s one other likelihood tomorrow. We have simply obtained to be prepared – we’ve got to show it round quick.”
GB head coach Chema Buceta:
“The story of the sport is Korea’s superb three-point capturing. How typically do you see a workforce capturing like that at this degree of competitors?”
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