Russia, who appeared as though they couldn’t miss for stretches of the game, were too much for GB, who once again couldn’t make plays down the stretch.
Natalie Stafford led GB with 18 points, a game-high, with Jo Leedham adding 14 points.
GB coach Tom Maher was positive after the game:
“I thought it was an excellent performance. This is the second time we’ve ever played Russia in our history in a proper tournament. They’re a famous basketball country, and we played well, we just couldn’t get it together in the end.”
Stafford echoed Maher’s opinions:
“We battled really hard as a team. Russia is a great basketball nation and a great team and we worked really hard but we made some crucial errors down the stretch and it was lost from there.”
GB will look to bounce back against France on Friday.
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