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Demerc leads France past Czech Republic 71-68, into women's Olympic basketball semifinals

08/07/2012 07:27 EDT | Updated 10/07/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - Celine Dumerc scored 23 points and Enden Miyem had four points down the stretch to send France to the semifinals of the women's Olympic basketball tournament with a 71-68 win over the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Dumerc hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 65 seconds left to make it 67-65, Miyem grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to make it 69-65 with 29 seconds remaining, then sank two free throws to seal the win.

France reached its first Olympic women's semifinal after overcoming a 13-point deficit. The French have continued to find ways to win and are 6-0 in the tournament. They beat Australia and Britain in overtime and they topped Canada by just four points in pool play.

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