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U.S. women's national basketball team in Hungary

In a preparation match in women's basketball and a farewell game for one of the local players, Hungarian champions Sopron, NW Hungary, received the American national team this past Sunday. The U.S.A. won the match 73-63.

At the last stop of their European tour, the United States women’s basketball team played a exhibitiotion match as host of Hungarian champions Sopron and defeated the hosts by ten points, 73-63.

The American team, one of the strongest sides in the world, arrived in Hungary after matches in Naples, Italy, Valencia, Spain and Prague, the Czech Republic. This was the second time the Team USA played in Sopron after 2006. The match also served as an occasion for saying farewell to Edit Eördögh, a prominent Sopron player who retired from basketball this summer.

In the absence of Diana Taurasi, who is considered the world’s best player currently, the Americans had a hard time to overcome the Hungarian club. At half time, the two sides were level at 41-all. The local side was led by Ukrainian player Olexandra Kurasova-Gorbunova while the Americans’ best scorer was Cappie Pondexter, elected as one of the top 15 players of the American professional league WNBA.

In the third quarter, Tina Charles and Sophia Young took the lead in exploiting the increasing number of mistakes by the local side and the 8-times Olympic and 10-times world champion Team USA took a 10-point lead before the last quarter in which the Sopron players could only narrow the gap by two points.

Sándor Laczkó

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