Turkey beats Brazil 79-76 in double OT in women’s hoops

by Associated Press on August 13, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Turkey denied host Brazil its lone win in women’s basketball Saturday, rallying from 18 points down in the third quarter and beating the Brazilians 79-76 in double overtime.

Brazil (0-5) had the biggest and loudest crowd of group play trying to will the Brazilians to a win. It was working early, as Brazil grabbed an early lead and appeared to be cruising before Turkey went on a 24-5 run to set up a thrilling finish that kept fans on their feet.

Lara Sanders led Turkey (3-2) with 23 points, but Isil Alben engineered the comeback with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight steals.

Brazil had a chance to send the game to triple-overtime. Iziane Castro’s 3-pointer bounced off the left rim at the buzzer, leaving coach Antonio Carlos Barbosa sitting stunned on the bench.

Castro finished with 22 points in what was a long day for Brazil basketball fans. The men’s team lost in double-overtime, 111-107 against Argentina, shortly before the women’s game ended.

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