After a successful summer, Great Britain's women made an impressive start to their EuroBasket 2021 qualifying campaign with a 75-63 win against Poland in Walbrzych.
Eilidh Simpson hit 18 points to lead GB's scoring, and Karlie Samuelson and Temi Fagbenle added 16 and 15 respectively.
A much-needed boost for the basketball community in the UK as the GB women lead the way in showing the nation why we should pay attention to them.
They will now host Belarus at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester on Sunday, November 17. This is the first home game after the teams' fantastic summer where they finished fourth at 2019 FIBA Women's Eurobasket and gained a spot in the Qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They will be joined by crowd favourite Jo Leedham-Warner this Sunday.
GB go into the three-team group on a high after the record fourth-place finish at Women's EuroBasket 2019 in Latvia and Serbia with all the players who featured returning.
Simpson, whose performance was described as "amazing" by coach Chem Buceta, had not expected to start Thursday's game.
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"It's a great honour - it is for any player - but I'm just happy to be part of the team, whether I play one minute or 30 minutes, I was lucky my shots were falling tonight too," said Simpson
Buceta said: "She did a great job in defence and offence. She's a very intelligent player, and she has the skills.
"Jo is not here, and of course we would prefer to have her play in the team, but without her, we are still able to play as a team - the teamwork is still functioning."
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