Graf Helps Germany to Rout of Switzerland
KLATOVY, Czech Republic — Janna Graf, a junior guard on the Yale University women's basketball team, continued her strong play in a reserve role for Germany's U-20 national team on Friday, this time scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting in 14 minutes of action in a 91-52 win over Switzerland in the second game of the U-20 European Championships.
Graf scored all four of her points in the opening 1:32 of the second quarter. Germany entered the quarter leading 28-14, and Graf's lay-up at 9:37 put Germany ahead 30-16. Following a free throw by her teammate, Christina Schnorr, Graf sank a jump shot at 8:28 to put Germany ahead 33-18.
Graf also recorded two rebounds, one assist and one steal in Germany's second victory of the tournament. On Thursday, she tallied five points on 2-of-4 shooting (1-of-2 from 3-point range), three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 13 minutes of action to help lift Germany to a 95-66 win over Romania.
Through the first two days of the European Championships, Germany has proven to be the most dominant team among the nine countries represented. Germany has averaged 93.0 points, more than 20 points higher than the second-highest scoring team, the Czech Republic.
In her two games, Graf is averaging 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Her 2.0 assists currently rank 17th among the players in the tournament.
Along with Germany, Switzerland, Romania and six other teams are competing in the Division B tournament including Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Israel and the Czech Republic. The top three teams in the tournament will gain a promotion to Division A.
Germany returns to the court on Monday against Greece in a game that is scheduled to begin at 3:15 EDT.
While she is gaining valuable experience on the international stage, Graf is expected to be a key contributor to Germany's quest for gold in the European Championships.
Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity