Lithuania’s women opened their 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships campaign yesterday with a crushing 77 – 16 over Sweden. In their second game earlier today, they repeated their dominance by stomping all over Israel 100 – 21.
Lithuanian fans on Facebook were surprised and delighted with their team’s early performance.
Ramunė Eskertaitė was the team’s leading scorer in their game against Sweden, putting up 16 points. Justina Burbaitė-Mačiulienė was not far behind with 14. Gabrielė Valaitytė was third in scoring with 10 points. Gražina Jočytė pulled down the most rebounds with 7.
Burbaitė-Mačiulienė’s dominance continued into her team’s second game, where she led the team in scoring with an impressive 22 points and tied Deimantė Naruševičiūtė with a team high 8 rebounds. Eskertaitė gave another great and consistent offensive performance, scoring 16 points. Jočytė upped her offensive game, and scored 13 points but only grabbed 3 rebounds.
The team meets hosts Chinese Taipei tomorrow afternoon local time for their third game. In their opener, Chinese Taipei beat Israel 62 – 42. They were blown away 82 – 21 in their second match against Greece.
The Lithuanian women’s roster includes Agnė Žegytė, Aušra Milašauskaitė, Deimantė Naruševičiūtė, Gabrielė Valaitytė, Gražina Jočytė, Jurgita Jankutė-Meškinė, Jurgita Navickaitė, Jurgita Šegždaitė, Justina Burbaitė-Mačiulienė, Ramunė Eskertaitė, Rūta Pazdrazdienė and Sonata Bareikienė. The team only had a few days to get acclimated to Taiwan after arriving on July 2, and playing their first game on July 5.