Great Britain’s women became the first home nation to reach a EuroBasket quarter-final when they beat Montenegro 92-71 to win their play-off in Riga.
Temi Fagbenle hit 29 points to lead GB’s scoring, with Karlie Samuelson adding 28 and Rachael Vanderwal 15.
GB trailed only briefly in the game, but were unable to gain a comfortable lead against dogged opponents.
Chem Buceta’s team will next face Hungary in their quarter-final in Belgrade at 11:30 BST on Friday.
GB scored the first seven points of the game before Fagbenle took charge, scoring nine of the team’s next 11 points as Samuelson also got into the act early.
The 22-14 lead was lost almost immediately in the second quarter, with Montenegro’s 8-0 start giving them their first advantage.
Vanderwal and Samuelson hit threes to restore GB’s advantage, with Fagbenle now turning provider, but GB’s lead was just 44-41 at the interval with Montenegro once again proving proving stubborn opponents.
GB’s defence at the start of the second half was the key to their 11-2 start, giving them a 55-42 lead, only to be pulled back to single figures (69-60) with 10 minutes to go.
Fagbenle was called for a fourth foul at the start of the fourth quarter but GB were already making their big break for the finish line, hitting a 16-6 run with a three-point play from Vanderwal and a three-pointer from Samuelson.
A further 8-0 run confirmed that GB were heading to Belgrade, breaking new ground for the national basketball programme.
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