Basketball: Malta down senior women

SCOTLAND'S senior women's basketball team slumped to one of their worst ever defeats when they went down 64-35 to Malta in their opening game of the Euro C Championships in Yerevan, Armenia yesterday.

Not one of the side managed into double figures, Emma Findlay (Edinburgh Kool Kats) leading the scoring with seven points and clubmate Sarah O'Brien adding six.

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Down 34-17 at half-time, the Scots, coached by Aussie Trudi Hopgood, converted only 14 of their 45 two-point shot attempts and one from 11 of their three-point efforts. Scotland play Wales today in a must-win game if they are to avoid playing Gibraltar for the wooden spoon.

Scotland junior men were comfortable winners of all their games in the Celtic Challenge tournament at Musselburgh Sports Centre.

They thrashed Ireland in their opening game then beat Wales under-20 84-50 on Saturday before again beating Ireland 67-34. And in their final game of what was their last preparation before going to the Euro B Championship in Tel Aviv they walloped Wales 86-31.