Lithuania is making its debut in the FIBA Women’s Series and will compete in the first tournament of the season in Tel Aviv (Israel) this weekend, May 28-29. It will depend on how successful Lithuania is in the Women’s Series tournament, whether on November 1, 2023, it will be among the four countries that will travel to the Paris Olympic Olympics without selection. In the first stage of the Women’s Series, the Lithuanian national team is represented by the famous basketball players of the country – Kamilė Nacickaitė, Monika Grigalauskytė, Gabrielė Šulskė and Martyna Petrėnaitė.
Lithuanians in Group A started the victory on Saturday 17:14 against the Germans and took an important step towards the quarterfinals. The most effective player M.Grigalauskytė, who scored 5 points and threw all 5 shots from close and medium distance. She also rebounded 4 balls. K.Nacickaitė, M.Petrėnaitė and G.Šulskė added 4 points each.
Excellent Lithuanian reliability and the second match 21:16 defeated the Spaniards, securing first place in the group and a ticket to the quarterfinals. this time the most productive player was 7 points. winner K.Nacickaitė, 6 points. added M.Grigalauskytė, 5 – G.Šulskė, and 3 – M.Petrėnaitė. At the end of the match, G.Šulskė took the initiative – she hit a long throw, then added 2 penalties and secured the victory. The Lithuanians took advantage of the fact that the Spaniards often broke the rules and collected as many as 10 fouls during the match.
The two strongest teams will advance to the quarterfinals. Lithuanian rivals in the quarterfinals will be revealed a little later.
The Women ‘s Series is a club-based tournament in which teams compete for ranking points and prize pools: 20,000 in each round and 224,000 in the final finals.
Immediately after the battles in Tel Aviv, the Lithuanian women’s team will move to Jerusalem, where they will try to win a ticket to the European Championship on June 9-10.
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