Great Britain are making history at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019
The Great Britain women’s basketball team is making history at the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019.
Head coach Chema Buceta’s team face France in the semi-finals of the competition on Saturday (17:00 BST) with the British basketball nation thrilled at a series of historic performances.
After reaching the quarter-finals for the first time ever – where they beat Hungary 62-59 – they are now preparing for a maiden semi-final spot. The team, who have also claimed a place in the Olympic Qualification Tournament for Tokyo 2020 as a result, are flying the flag for the country among Europe’s elite.
And Jo Leedham-Warner, a 2012 Olympian and one of the driving forces behind GB’s success, could not be prouder. She said: “Just, wow. I’m just so proud of this team.
“We came here expecting to do something but I don’t know if I can honestly say I expected us to be in the semi-finals.
“From the start we were trying to get to the quarter-finals but this team is just so special.
“We’re just enjoying the ride, man. We’re trying to get a medal now – we’ve actually got a chance.”
GB, who have beaten also Latvia, Ukraine and Montenegro at the tournament, are ranked 25th in the world.
Saturday’s opponents France are ranked fourth, but Buceta said: “We came here to do something. This is why we came. Now we have something big.”
The winners of the game will play either Serbia or Spain in Sunday’s final.
FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2019 semi-finals – Saturday
France vs Great Britain (17:00)
Serbia vs Spain (19:30)