Vanderwal not keen to dwell on EuroBasket disappointment

Vanderwal not keen to dwell on EuroBasket disappointment

16 June 2015 / 07:36

Rachael Vanderwal is urging her fellow GB women basketball players to dust themselves off as quickly as possible after failing to sign off their EuroBasket adventure with a victory.

After defeats to Russia, Latvia and Serbia, Great Britain headed into their final clash with Croatia knowing that it was already impossible to advance from their EuroBasket Women 2015 group.

But Vanderwal and co still took to the court looking to finish on a high, fighting back from a slow start to lead 58-55 at one point.

However, despite 20 points, four rebounds and four assists from Vanderwal, it wasn’t to be as Croatia ran out 76-70 winners.

And while Vanderwal insists the campaign is far from doom and gloom, she knows her side must not dwell on the disappointment of failing to win a game as they must start qualification for the next edition imminently.

"We're obviously disappointed we didn't take the last opportunity we had to get a win under our belt and truly show who we are as a team," said the guard.

"We came out too slow and fought hard to catch up, but we didn't make enough shots at the end to take the win.

"Now we have to re-group and look forward as it is only a few months until we start the qualification games for the next EuroBasket Women tournament.

"We also need to congratulate the younger players like Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott who have come into the team and showed the potential for the future."

And head coach Peter Buckle was left bemoaning his side’s preparation.

"We had a tough ride during preparation with illnesses and injuries, which meant we only had our 12 together for two training sessions,” Buckle said. "It is nobody's fault - just circumstances.

"It took us to game four to shoot the ball well enough and understand the tempo and defensive effort that was required.

"Ultimately, we just took too long to adjust."

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