The Malta national women team, displaying a very positive style of play and clearly prepared well for the 40 minutes of play, made it 2 wins in 2 days by beating the more fancied Iceland 68-49, just 24 hours after beating Cyprus.
Malta 68 – Iceland 49
(19-6, 18-14, 23-12, 8-17)
Malta shocked Iceland with an impressive 16-0 run in the first period to go from 3-5 down to a noteworthy 19-6 lead after the first quarter. The local girls maintained their composure to change ends 37-20 ahead and then ascertained their win in the third quarter where they opened a maximum lead of 30 points, 64-34 led by efficient 40+% shooting, even from behind the 3 point arc with Stephanie Demartino notching an impressive 6 from 10 3-point attempts on her way to 22 personal points.
Asleigh Vella, Cristina Grima and Josephine Grima also had double digit personal tallies in this win.
In the last minutes (‘garbage time’) of the game,Iceland (shorn of the services of their influential captain Helena Sverisdottir) managed to obtain a more respectable scoreline although Angela Adamoli’s Malta girls were poised and well in control of the game.
Malta now plays Luxembourg in a potential gold medal game, although Luxembourg still need to meet Iceland on Friday, thus mathematically all the medals are still open. However Malta’s large wins, especially over Iceland, places the local girls in a much more favourable position.