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