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Hoopsters get a taste of victory

Indian hoopsters got a taste of victory when they pulled off a narrow win over Mozambique in the women's last league match of the Commonwealth Games.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2006 22:36 IST
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Indian hoopsters got a taste of victory when they pulled off a narrow win over Mozambique in the women's last league match of the Commonwealth Gameson Monday.

The 41st ranked Indian eves, who earlier suffered huge losses to hosts Australia and England in league matches, edged past their African rivals 58-54.

India, who were lagging behind Mozambique 13-15 in first the first quarter, staged a comeback in the second and third to wipe out the deficit and take a six-point lead at the end of three quarters.

However, Mozambique gave the Indians a run for their money in the last quarter winning it 14-12. But the effort was not sufficient to stop India from winning the tie.

Surprisingly, the Indians could not garner much benefit from their strength of scoring off three-pointers. Instead, their maximum scoring came off field goals (24) and two-pointers (20). They also gained from free throws, scoring six points with a success rate of 66 per cent.

Geethu Anna Jose (17) and Shiba Maggon (17) were the main architects of India's victory.

For Mozambique, Deolinda Muloi Gimo (15) was the top-scorer.