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European Championships U16 2010 - Women Basketball


Division A  Division B  Division C  



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Final Standings
 1. Russia    
 2. Croatia    
 3. France    
 4. Serbia    
 5. Spain    
 6. Turkey    
 7. Holland    
 8. Belgium    
 9. Czech Rep.    
 10. Greece    
 11. Sweden    
 12. Finland    
 13. Italy    
 14. Poland    
 15. Belarus    
 16. Lithuania    
Points Per Game
 Kourtney TREFFERS
  (184-F-94)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Treffers, NED18.6 
 2. Epoupa, FRA17.9 
 3. Kovacevic, SRB16.6 
 4. Hersler, SWE13.4 
 5. Dzankic, CRO13.3 
 6. Vyoralova, CZE12.6 
 7. Delaere, BEL12.3 
 8. Reggiani, ITA11.8 
 9. Kalenta, BLR11.4 
 10. Marchenkova, RUS11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marles BALART
  (182-F/C-94)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Balart, ESP12.1 
 2. Salacova, CZE10.8 
 3. Fouraki, GRE10.8 
 4. Papova, BLR10.3 
 5. Treffers, NED9.9 
 6. Shchetina, RUS9.4 
 7. Minali, ITA9.2 
 8. Senyurek, TUR9.1 
 9. Begic, CRO8.7 
 10. Tarla, GRE8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominika OWCZARZAK
  (166-G-94)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Owczarzak, POL4.3 
 2. Packovski, CRO3.9 
 3. Epoupa, FRA3.8 
 4. Papova, BLR3.0 
 5. Naczk, POL2.8 
 6. Aydin, TUR2.8 
 7. Kyratzi, GRE2.5 
 8. Stromberg, SWE2.5 
 9. Delaere, BEL2.4 
 10. Balart, ESP2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (163-G-94)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Epoupa, FRA4.1 
 2. Kovacevic, SRB3.6 
 3. Aydin, TUR3.2 
 4. Slim, NED2.8 
 5. Mazzoleni, ITA2.6 
 6. Tikvic, CRO2.4 
 7. Vidakovic, SRB2.2 
 8. Delaere, BEL2.2 
 9. Papova, BLR2.2 
 10. Marchenkova, RUS2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hanna KALENTA
  (187-C/F-94)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kalenta, BLR3.9 
 2. Shchetina, RUS2.7 
 3. Zelnyte, LTU2.6 
 4. Tikvic, CRO2.1 
 5. Badiane, FRA2.0 
 6. Balart, ESP1.6 
 7. Salacova, CZE1.5 
 8. Fouraki, GRE1.4 
 9. Begic, CRO1.1 
 10. Vuckovic, SRB1.1 
Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. Russia 4-1 
 2. Croatia 4-1 
 3. France 4-1 
 4. Serbia 2-3 
 5. Sweden 1-4 
 6. Finland 0-5 
Group F
 1. Turkey 5-0 
 2. Spain 3-2 
 3. Belgium 3-2 
 4. Holland 2-3 
 5. Greece 1-4 
 6. Czech Rep. 1-4 
Group G
 1. Italy 5-1 
 2. Poland 3-3 
 3. Belarus 3-3 
 4. Lithuania 1-5 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. Russia 3-0 
 2. Sweden 2-1 
 3. Finland 1-2 
 4. Lithuania 0-3 
Group B
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Croatia 2-1 
 3. Serbia 1-2 
 4. Italy 0-3 
Group C
 1. Turkey 2-1 
 2. Holland 2-1 
 3. Spain 1-2 
 4. Poland 1-2 
Group D
 1. Belgium 3-0 
 2. Greece 2-1 
 3. Czech Rep. 1-2 
 4. Belarus 0-3 
 

Russian team celebrates championship (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Russian U16 National Team 2010

Russian team for World Championships U17
#s#
Ekaterina Posylkina
Posylkina
Ksenia Tikhonenko
Tikhonenko
Marina Ryavkina
Ryavkina
Julia Gladkova
Gladkova
Mariya-Margarita Davydova
Davydova
#e#5
4 Mariya-Margarita Davydova 189-F/C-93 Trinta Russia
5 Ekaterina Fedorenkova 175-G-93 Dynamo M. Russia
6 Anna Khmelevskaya 172-G-94 Spartak V MR Russia
7 Alina Zamaraeva 180-G-93 Chevakata Russia
8 Anastasia Tochilova 168-G-93 UMMC Russia
9 Darya Namok 179-G-93 Spartak V MR Russia
10 Alexandra Yakovleva 181-F-93 Spartak V MR Russia
11 Ekaterina Posylkina 182-F-93 UMMC Russia
12 Ksenia Tikhonenko 190-C/F-93 Spartak V MR Russia
13 Marina Ryavkina 169-G-93 Spartak V MR Russia
14 Julia Gladkova 183-G-94 Spartak V MR Russia
15 Galina Kiseleva 182-F-93 Spartak V MR Russia

Anna Arkhipova Head Coach

Russian team for European Championships U16
#s#
Olga Novikova
Novikova
Natalia Grishkevich
Grishkevich
Polina Sych
Sych
Alexandra Marchenkova
Marchenkova
Albina Razheva
Razheva
#e#5
4 Olga Novikova 177-G-94 Spartak M. Russia
5 Yuliya Chaykovskaya 172-G-95
6 Natalia Grishkevich 175-G-94
7 Yulia Sorokina 170-G-94
8 Zhanna Byazrova 180-F-94
9 Polina Sych 180-G-94
10 Julia Gladkova 183-G-94 Spartak V MR Russia
11 Anna Shchetina 195-C-95
12 Alexandra Marchenkova 183-F-94
13 Ekaterina Ryabova 180-G-94
14 Daria Levchenko 182-F-94
15 Albina Razheva 186-F-94

Elena Shulzhenko Head Coach Krasnoyan. Russia
Olga Ermolaeva Assistant
Aleksey Kaukin Assistant Dynamo K. Russia
Valery Tsibulevskiy Assistant Krasnoyan. Russia


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Awards 2010 - Aug. 25, 2010 

All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Olivia Epoupa
Epoupa
Ruzica Dzankic
Dzankic
Kourtney Treffers
Treffers
Alexandra Marchenkova
Marchenkova
Marles Balart
Balart
#e#5

MVP: Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) France
Best Guard: Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) France
Best Forward: Alexandra Marchenkova (183-F-94) Russia
Best Center: Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) Spain
Best Defensive Player: Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) France
Best Coach: Elena Shulzhenko Russia

1st Team
G: Olivia Epoupa (163-94) France
F/G: Ruzica Dzankic (180-94) Croatia
F: Kourtney Treffers (184-94) Holland
F: Alexandra Marchenkova (183-94) Russia
F/C: Marles Balart (182-94) Spain

2nd Team
G: Merve Aydin (174-94) Turkey
G: Antonia Delaere (174-94) Belgium
F: Natasa Kovacevic (187-94) Serbia
F: Maryia Papova (186-94) Belarus
C: Anna Shchetina (195-95) Russia

3rd Team
G: Tereza Vyoralova (176-94)
F: Egle Zelnyte (187-94) Lithuania
F: Cansu Koksal (185-94) Turkey
C/F: Ivana Tikvic (189-94) Croatia
C: Ana-Marija Begic (190-94) Croatia

Honorable Mention
Hanna Kalenta (187-C/F-94) Belarus
Beata Jaworska (186-F-94) Poland
Francesca Minali (185-F-94)
Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94)
Nada Salacova (190-C-94)



Russia U16 captures Gold in Greece - Aug. 22, 2010 

FINAL
Russia - Croatia 71-53
Russia U16 captures Gold at the European Championship Women 2010 in Greece. In the Final game Russia edged Croatia 71:53 due to the victories in all the quarters. Russia started the game with 10-0 run and never looked behind in the game. Grishkevich nailed three for 16:7 and Byazrova gave the winners 21:15. Marchenkova drove a lay-up for 25:17 at the end of the quarter another lay-up from the player brought 30:17 in the beginning of the second period. Cvitkovic reduced to 31:21 and Majstorovic was the last to score in the half at 38:28. Packovski scored for 41:33 and Chiabov pulled Croatia within 5 at 45:40. Russia responded with 7-0 run to take 52:40 and Sych closed the period at 56:44. In the last frame Russia used a special strategy of the game. Instead of tough defense, they went on a bigger lead and reached 70:50 when Grishkevich made two free throws. Sorokina scored the last points for the winners, while Dzankic made the final result. Shchetina paced all the winners with 15 points and Marchenkova netted 13. Gladkova posted 12 and Grishkevich chipped in 10. Cvitkovic ended up with 17 points in the losing effort as Croatia enjoys Silver. Dzankic nailed 8 and Begic scored 7.

3rd place
France - Serbia 50-44
France captures Bronze at the U16 European Championship Women 2010. In their last game they rolled over Serbia 50:44 as the latter finished 4th tournament. More than 1200 fans came to see the game for the third place in Kozani. Ayayi scored the first two points for the winners, while Stanacev responded for 9:7. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) closed the first period for 12:10 making a free throw. Epoupa tied the game at 12:12 and Djaldi-Tabdi increased to 22:14. Ayayi poured in two for 28:18, while Jankovic cut it to 28:19 at the halftime. Natasa Kovacevic brought 32:26 Vidakovic cut it to 37:31. Natasa Kovacevic was the last to score in the third period for 39:34 as Serbia won the frame 15-11. Serbia continued to play better and better and Natasa Kovacevic tied the game at 42:42. France meanwhile answered with 8-0 run to seal the victory. Mandic drove a lay-up at the very end to close the game. Epoupa and Ayayi top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Koundouno collected 9 points and 13 rebounds. Natasa Kovacevic notched 13 points in the losing case and Mandic added 8.

5-6 places
Spain - Turkey 45-39
Spain is fifth at the U16 European Championship Women after the last win tonight in Greece. Spain secured the fifth place in a real defensive battle with Turkey. Due to the second half Spain won 45:39 as the teams finished the tournament. Turkey started with 5-0 run and kept the opponents scoreless for the first 4 minutes. Senyurek scored for 9:1 and she also made two free throws for 13:8. De Alfredo closed the first period at 13:10 making a jump shot. Montoliu tied the game at 13:13, while Turkey erupted with 7-0 run for 20:13. Aydin was the last to score at the half for 24:15. Turkey led 28:17, but could not win the game. Spain bounced back for 29:26 when Aliaga made a jump shot. Irene Gari (184-F-94) reduced to 31:28 at the end of the third period as Spain won the frame 13-7. Irene Gari also scored another three for 31:31 and then Spain went on a lead. Montoliu added for 41:33, whilst Irene Gari scored for 44:36. Aydin responded from the perimeter to make the final score in the game. Irene Gari poured in 19 points for the winners and Montoliu netted 9. Aydin finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort as Turkey is on the 6th spot. Senyurek collected 9 points and 16 rebounds, while Comba netted 5.

7-8 place
Holland - Belgium 65-56
Netherlands U16 edged Belgium U16 for the 7th place at the European Championship. The Dutch team produced a final 65:56 win to end up on a higher spot. Treffers brought the winners the first points and later Hind Ben Abdelkader tied the game at 4:4. The score was tied several times in the frame, while Cornelius closed the period at 21:19. Harris made 32:23 as Holland finished an 11-0 run. Goyvaerts cut it to 36:27 and Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) was the last to post in the second frame for 38:29. Netherlands U16 again pushed the tempo for the bigger lead and Treffers scored for 44:29. Slim gave Holland 46:34, while Belgium finished the period with 6-0 run for 47:43. Moreover Goyvaerts reduced to 49:46 and Antonia Delaere for 53:50. It was however the last push of the Belgian team that had to admit the loss. Holland scored more points int he final stanza to seal the victory. Treffers paced all the winners with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Droste delivered 11. Hind Ben Abdelkader ended up with 16 points in the losing effort as Belgium is 8th. Antonia Delaere netted 14 and Goyvaerts notched 10.

Group G
Belarus - Poland 55-50
Belarus overcame Poland in the last game of the European Championship in Greece but it wasn't sufficient to avoid relegation. In the Classification Round for 13th to 16th places Belarus defeated Poland 55:50 as both teams finished with 3-3 records. In the start of the Classification Round Polish U16 team earned the second win as they stunned Belarus 66:27. In order to advance Belarus had to smash Poland by 39 points. Only at the end of the first frame Belarus took 10:9 lead and Rudzka gave Poland 14:13. The second period gave Belarus a small chance when they stormed with 17-4 run. Yuliya Haponava (184-F-94) made a lay-up for 30:18 at the halftime. Moreover Yuliya Haponava brought 42:22 and Belarus needed another 20. Wisniewska however reduce to 45:30 at the end of the third stanza. Poland decided not to wait until the end of the game and won the last period 20-10 to confirm the participation in Division A next year. Kalenta top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Yuliya Haponava nailed 11. Papova collected 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Voishal netted also 10 points. Rudzka responded with 10 points in the losing effort and Blicharz posted 9.


Italy - Lithuania 58-62
Lithuania U16 farewell to Division A with the win over Italy in their last game at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th places. The Baltic side won 62:58 but finished the tournament on the last spot. The game did not decide anything for both teams but both squads showed their best in the last game. Brusokaite started for the Baltic side and Reggiani scored the first points for Italy. Lithuania pushed the tempo at the end of the frame and Zilyte closed it at 24:16. Italy however opened the second period with 6-2 run as Minali reduced to 26:22. Lithuania won the second quarter as well and enjoyed 38:26 at the halftime. Bona cut it to 38:31 and Kruckauskaite scored for 45:33. Laura Zelnyte (185-F-94) made a free throw for Lithuania at 49:37 at the end of thirty minutes. In the last frame Italy looked much better and won the stanza 21-13. They could not however to come closer to the winners as Lithuania celebrated the initial victory at the tournament. Laura Zelnyte top-scored for the winners with 14 points for 1-5 record in Group G. Brusokaite posted 12 and Jasiunskaite chipped in 11. Reggiani finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Zanetti added 7.



Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Aug. 21, 2010 

SEMIFINAL
Croatia - Serbia 64-51
Croatia became another Finalist of the U16 European Championship in Greece. The team won over Serbia 64:51 in the last game of the day to face Russia tomorrow for Gold. The game between two neighbors was expected a lot in Kozani. Croatia won the opening tip 6:1 and Iva Cigic (174-G-94) scored for 14:8. She also closed the first frame from the free throw line giving Croatia 18:8 lead. Tikvic nailed two for 22:14 and Iva Cigic brought 26:17. Serbia however managed to win the frame 12-11, while Iva Cigic sent the teams to the lockers for 29:20. With another 8-0 run Croatia opened the third period and of course never looked behind after. Natasa Kovacevic nailed three for 44:31 and Cvitkovic posted two for 47:33. Cvitkovic and Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) made 57:40 on the board, while Boskovic scored for 60:44. Vidakovic was the last to score in the game but Croatia celebrated 64:51 to take the Final ticket. Begic and Ruzica Dzankic paced all the winners with 12 points each. Tikvic ended up with 10 points and Iva Cigic posted 9. Natasa Kovacevic answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Vidakovic netted 7.
Russia - France 66-59
Russia U16 reached the Final of the U16 European Championship. The team overcame the French outfit 66:59 in Kozani. Sych and Shchetina brought 3-0 in the opening tip and the latter also scored for 11:4. Ayayi netted for 13:7 but Russia closed the first period with 5-0 run for 18:7. Marchenkova continued the run for 20:7 in the start of the second period and Levchenko improved to 25:11. Ayayi sent both squads to the lockers at 29:18 after 11-11 in the frame. Shchetina made four free throws in the third period for 35:23, while Epoupa cut it to 35:25. Gladkova made a jump shot for 42:32 and her last lay-up in the frame gave Russia 47:34. Gladkova also opened the last period for 49:34 and Novikova netted two for 53:39. It seemed that Russia would easily lead to the easy win but France was too far to give up. Lidija Turcinovic (178-G-94) cut it to 56:54 and Epoupa tied it at 59:59. Russia however closed the game with 7-0 run for the final success. Shchetina top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Marchenkova nailed 13, while Gladkova and Novikova scored 10 each. Epoupa resisted with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, whilst Ayayi notched 16 points.


5-8 places
Belgium - Turkey 45-62
Turkey proved their ambitions for at least 5th place after the win over Belgium at the Classification Game for 5-8 places in Greece at the U16 European Championship. Turkey rolled over the opponents 62:45 and will meet Spain tomorrow. Turkey tried to go on a lead immediately, however Belgium started also well. Lambert scored for 15:11 and Merve Aydin (174-G-94) tied the quarter at 15:15. Adams nailed three for 21:20, while Turkey won the rest of the half. Yusufoglu closed the first half at 33:23 as her team won the frame 18-8. Turkey never looked behind after and only increased their deficit. Merve Aydin made a jump shot at the end of thirty minutes for 49:37, while Dogan netted two for 55:39 early in the fourth. Bayraktar nailed three that was the last successful shot in the game for the total win. Coklar led the way with 12 points to recover from the loss last night. Yusufoglu nailed 11 and Merve Aydin added 10. Delaere poured in 14 points, whilst Adams finished the game with 6 in defeat. In another game Spain U16 limited the Dutch side to 38 points in the Classification Game for 5-8 places in Greece at the U16 European Championship. Spain won 52:36 to play tomorrow with Turkey.
Holland - Spain 36-52
Spain U16 limited the Dutch side to 38 points in the Classification Game for 5-8 places in Greece at the U16 European Championship. Spain won 52:36 to play tomorrow with Turkey. Both squads suffered the losses last night in the Quarterfinals and managed somehow to recover. Spain started with 7-0 run as Faussurier made the jump shot in the opening tip. Balart brought 15:5 and Marta Montoliu (182-G-94) closed the period at 21:9. Correa increased to 25:11, while Balart gave her side 30:15 at the halftime. The tempo continued to be slow in the game as the teams paid too much attention in defense. After 12-5 in the third frame Spain enjoyed 42:20 lead. There were no questions even in the start of the last period about the winner. Although Netherlands produced 16-10 in the last stanza they could only reduce the gap. Droste drove a lay-up at the very end to reduce to 52:36 on the board. Marta Montoliu and Balart top-scored for the winners with 9 points and Arrojo added 8. Klerx responded with 9 points in the losing case and Slim netted 8.

9-10 places
Czech Republic - Greece 78-52
Czech Republic U16 beat the hosts for the 9th spot at the U16 European Championship in Greece. The winners produced a 78:52 victory as both squads finished their campaign at the tournament this year. No matter how different the teams looked in the Qualifying and Preliminary Rounds, the last game was special for both of them. Greece as the hosts wanted to win their last game, while Czech Republic desired a higher place. After 13:11 in the middle of the quarter the guests created a 13-0 run when Severova closed the period at 26:11. The run continued in the second period and reached 22-0 run in total. Matulkova scored for 35:11 and it became clear about the winner. Pohunkova downed the hosts at 47:17 at the halftime. In the second period Greece started to play better and both squads nailed 22 points each in the third period. Papavasileiou closed the quarter with a jump shot for 69:39 advantage. Kyratzi nailed three in the start of the last frame and Papavasileiou reduced to 69:44. Kamila Hoskova (174-F-95) made the last two free throws in the game for the last victory. Pohunkova poured in 11 points for the winners and Vyoralova followed her with 10. Severova and Havlikova ended up with 9 points for the win. Kyratzi brought 12 points in the losing effort, while Fouraki and Ioannidou added 10 each.

11-12 places
Sweden - Finland 64-62 OT
Sweden clinched 11th place at the 2010 U16 European Championship Women in Ptolemaida and Kozani. The team needed overtime in the Scandinavian derby to beat Finland 64:62 in the last game for both teams. Frykbo made the jump shots for the Swedish side in the opening tip and Leino gave Finland 11:6 later in the period. Rantanen increased the lead to 18:9, while Frykbo closed the frame at 21:13. Leino scored for 26:15 and Karkkainen sent the teams to the lockers for 31:22. Sweden started to come closer in the third period and Hersler posted two for 33:30. Iderstal nailed three for 37:36 and she also made a jump shot for 40:38. Finland had 10 points deficit with 4 minutes in the quarter but could not win the game. A 13-0 run gave Sweden 55:52, while Kuisma tied it all at 56:56 after four quarters. In overtime Sweden won 8-6 to grab the last victory. Elme Hansson (180-F-94) made the final free throw in the game for 64:62. Hersler collected 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Frykbo netted 12 and Elme Hansson chipped in 11. Karkkainen ended up with 15 points in the losing effort as Finland finished on the 12th spot. Leino nailed 13 and Kuisma poured in 10.

Group G
Lithuania - Poland 51-58
Poland overcame Lithuania at the Classification Round of the U16 European Championship. The winners improved to 3-2 record after 58:51 win however will need to win tomorrow in order to remain in Division A. Lithuania desired to taste the first win and Kruckauskaite brought them 8:4. Brusokaite scored for 17:8 and Wisniewska closed the period at 17:10. Poland however needed the win more to remain alive for staying in Division A. Wisniewska tied the game at 17:17 closing 7-0 run for Poland and Blicharz brought 21:20 lead. Tamasauskaite nailed three for 30:26 at the halftime. Kinga Wozniak (166-G-94) tied it again at 30:30 and Owczarzak gave Poland 43:40. Miloszewska closed the period at 45:40 as her team won the frame 19-10. The intrigue continued in the last quarter as well but Poland managed to keep the lead. Owczarzak scored for 52:49, while Jaworska added two for 56:51. Miloszewska was the last to score in the game for the final victory. Blicharz paced all the winners with 16 points. Kinga Wozniak notched 11, whilst Owczarzak added 9. Tamasauskaite ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Kruckauskaite posted 8.
Italy - Belarus 64-46
Italy continues to prove that they are too good for other opponents at the Classification Round of the U16 European Championship. Italy beat Belarus one more time 64:46 for 5-0 record. The teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip and Ramo scored six points in a row for 11:6. Zizola closed the first period for 17:11 and Reggiani brought 21:13. Holubeva reduced to 21:20 and again her shot changed 26:23 on the board. Papova changed the score on the board for 33;25 at the halftime. Italy won also the third period 14-10 as Gombac scored the 47th team point. Peresson opened the last quarter with a lay-up and Bona increased to 52:37. Italy produced 17-11 in the stanza for the fifth victory in Group G. Giulia Scaramuzza (167-G-94) paced all the winners with 12 points and Reggiani, Orazzo and Minali poured in 9 each. Haponava collected 14 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Holubeva scored 9.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Aug. 20, 2010 

Quarterfinal
Spain - France 57-60
France U16 gets the last train to the Semifinals after a thriller over Spain at the U16 European Championship. France grabbed 60:57 win to face Russia in the 1/2 Finals. Badiane started with with a lay-up and Epoupa scored for 12:11. Ayayi went on a free-throw line to score two for 21:15. Marin pulled her side to 25:23, while Montoliu reduced to 30:29 at the halftime. It was hot in the court in the third period as well and Aliaga nailed three for 37:36 midway through the third period. Epoupa scored three for the French outfit and Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) cut it to 49:47 at the end of three quarters. No matter how hard Spain tried to recover, they could not step in front. Epoupa made the final shot for the winners to bring the necessary win. Epoupa poured in 21 points for the winners. Ayayi nailed 11, while Turcinovic netted 8. Elena De Alfredo finished the night with 19 points in the losing effort and Aliaga notched 11. In the Semifinal France will face Russia U16 that became the first Semifinalist of the 2010 U16 European Championship Women in Kozani. Russia grabbed a 80:58 win to prove the ambitions for the higher place.
Russia - Holland 80-58
Russia U16 became the first Semifinalist of the 2010 U16 European Championship Women in Kozani. Russia grabbed a 80:58 win to prove the ambitions for the higher place. Razheva gave Russia the first lead and Sych scored for 12:7. Sorokina brought 16:12, while Treffers reduced to 20:19. Sorokina opened the second period for 22:19, while again Treffers cut it to 26:25. Razheva later closed a 7-0 run for her team and Shchetina scored for 39:31. Treffers sent the teams to the lockers for 39:32. Zappeij nailed five points in a row for the Dutch side to bring them back to 42:41. Marchenkova however pulled Russia to 54:44 in the carousel quarter. Ekaterina Ryabova (180-G-94) closed it at 62:46 as Russia won the third stanza 23-14. Russia also won the last period 18-12 and rightfully clinched the place at the Semifinals. Marchenkova top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Razheva collected 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Ekaterina Ryabova netted 11. Treffers ended up with 23 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Zappeij scored 10.
Croatia - Belgium 56-51
Croatia advanced to the Semifinals at the U16 European Championship Women. In the tough Quarterfinal game they edged Belgium U16 56:51 as the latter will play for 5-8 places. Humblet nailed three in the start of the game and Adams made the same for 6:2. Another three-pointer from Adams brought 14:8 and Packovski closed the frame at 14:12. The second period however belonged to Croatia as Begic at first tied the game at 14:14. Andrijana Cvitkovic (186-C-94) gave her side 26:17 and she scored the last points for Croatia in the quarter. The last free throw from the top-scorer gave them 30:25 at the halftime. The battle continued in the court and Delaere reduced to 34:31. Dzankic closed a 7-0 run for 41:31 and Delaere was the last to score in the frame at 43:39. Moreover Lebrun nailed three for 45:44, while another three-pointer from her pulled Belgium in front at 47:45. Begic brought her side back at 51:47 and Andrijana Cvitkovic increased to 54:49. The latter also was the last to score at the game for 56:51 Croatian win. Andrijana Cvitkovic paced all the winners with 17 points for the 1/2 spot. Cigic nailed 11, while Packovski scored 9. Lebrun answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Humblet netted 14.
Turkey - Serbia 49-54
Serbia eliminate perfect Turkey from the medals in Greece of the U16 European Championship Women. Serbia handed Turkey 54:49 loss as the favorite had to stop in the Quarterfinals. Vuckovic gave the winners the first lead and Aydin later tied it at 8:8. Turkey later stepped in front and enjoyed 19:12 at the end of the period. Serbia could not score in the first 5 minutes of the second period and Nakas later nailed three for 26:16. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) closed the half at 28:19 as Turkey won the frame 9-7. Although Serbia won the third period 16-10, Turkey kept 38:35 lead after three quarter. Boskovic tied it later at 47:47, while Turkey equalized at 49:49. Natasa Kovacevic delivered a three pointer just in time to avoid a shot clock violation. Serbia went up by three again with 22 seconds to go. After Turkey's following possession failed Aleksandra Stanacev sank two free throws to make the Serbian triumph perfect. Natasa Kovacevic top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Vuckovic added 16. Nakas ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Aydin netted 11 and Senyurek notched 10. In the Semifinal Serbia will face Croatia advanced to the Semifinals at the U16 European Championship Women. In the tough Quarterfinal game they edged Belgium U16 56:51 as the latter will play for 5-8 places.


9-12 place
Sweden - Czech Republic 51-57
Czech Republic U16 outscores the Scandinavian team in Greece and will play tomorrow for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship. Czech Republic U16 rolled over Sweden U16 57:51 in Ptolemaida. Czech Republic U16 took 3-0 after a slow start, when Sweden had difficulties to post the first points. Enlund later gave them 7:5 and Hersler nailed three for 12:7. Czech Republic bounced back with 8-0 run as Dominika Pohunkova (168-G-94) made a lay-up to close the quarter at 15:12. Andelova scored for 21:20 and Samkova added for 25:22. Hansson sent the teams to the lockers at 29:24. Hansson also nailed two for 31:28, but then Czech Republic went on a bigger lead. Salacova made the score 43:31 as the squads finished three quarters of the game. Sweden however won the last frame 20-14 as it was enough only to reduce the gap. Dominika Pohunkova and Salacova poured in 11 points each for the winners. Hersler ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Hansson posted 13 and Mellstrom added 6. On Saturday Czech Republic will face Greece won the thriller over Finland to play for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship. Forgetting 3-17 in the second quarter, Greece grabbed 62:60 victory.
Greece - Finland 62-60
Greece won the thriller over Finland to play for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship. Forgetting 3-17 in the second quarter, Greece grabbed 62:60 victory. Papavasileiou nailed three in the opening tip for the Greek side and Fouraki increased to 10:1. Finland managed to get on track and Vilma Purhonen (183-F-95) closed the first period 18:15. The second quarter however was a disaster for Greece. Finland exploded with 17-3 in the next 10 minutes to take 32:21 lead at the halftime when Korhonen closed the second period. Rantanen scored for 36:28 and Korhonen added two for 44:32. Kotoula cut it to 47:39 at the end of thirty minutes. Jamsa made two free throws for 53;43and it seemed the Scandinavian team would benefit from the game. Trailing 10 points with 3 minutes in the game, Greece however was lucky to win. With 14-2 run Papavasileiou brought the necessary victory for the winners. Papavasileiou stepped up with 15 points for the winners. Fouraki collected 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Tarla also scored 11 points. Vilma Purhonen, Korhonen and Jamsa finished the night with 10 points each in the losing effort. On Saturday Greece will play against Czech Republic U16 that outscored the Scandinavian team in Greece and will play tomorrow for the 9th place at the U16 European Championship. Czech Republic U16 rolled over Sweden U16 57:51 in Ptolemaida.

Group G
Poland - Italy 58-61
Italy U16 remains in Division A after another win at the Classification Round of the U16 European Championship. The team improved to 4-0 record beating Poland 61:58 as the latter looked better in the majority of the game. Miloszewska gave Poland the first lead and Naczk scored for 5:4. Poland won the opening period, but lost all the quarters in the game. Wisniewska increased to 17:11, while Orazzo gave Italy 21:19 lead. Scaramuzza was the last to score at the half as the teams went to the lockers. The teams exchanged the lead several times, while Blicharz gave Poland 37:33. Italy won the frame 12-11 but Poland kept 41:40 advantage. Blicharz scored for 46:42 and Rudzka netted for 53:44. Italy needed a 7-0 run and Bona cut it to 53:51. Giulia Gombac (178-F/G-94) tied the game at 58:58 and Peresson hit three for 61:58 for the surprising victory. Giulia Gombac poured in 13 points for the winners to keep them perfect at the Classification Round. Orazzo netted 9, while Reggiani added 7. Blicharz and Miloszewska posted 14 points each in the losing effort and Jaworska netted 12.
Belarus - Lithuania 67-44
The game between Belarus and Lithuania was the first to be finished at the 2010 U16 European Championship Women in Ptolemaida. Belarus remained Lithuania winless after 67:44 win and improved to 2-2 record. It was an easy start for Belarus that opened the game with 14-0 run. Zelnyte nailed two to close the nightmare for the Lithuanian team and Jasiunskaite reduced to 22:14 after the first quarter. Voishal made two free throws for 24:14 and Pratasevich added two for 30:17. Kalenta drove a lay-up for 34:27 halftime advantage. The intrigue was not over and Matuzonyte cut it to 36:30 early int he third period. Another 17-0 run however sent the Baltic side to shock and they could not stay on race anymore. Haponava made a jump shot for 55:32 and Kazlauskaite closed the frame at 55:37. With the defensive 12-7 score in the last stanza Belarus reached the second win. Haponava brought the last points for the winners to seal 67:44 victory. Voishal paced all the winners with 16 points, while Alena Holubeva (176-G-94) netted 13. Papova collected 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kalenta also scored 12. Kazlauskaite brought 10 points for the Baltic side and Jasiunskaite nailed 9.


Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Aug. 18, 2010 

Group E
Croatia - Finland 70-54
Croatia improved at 4-1 record in the second place in Group E at the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship. They knocked down Finland today to stay on top of the ladder. Finland slipped at 0-5 record after the defeat. Croatia ensured a 9:4 start to the game. But Finland reacted equally as they went on a 9:0 run to take a 13:9 lead at the first break. Kuisma opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to boost the lead. Croatia needed an 11:2 rally to surge back in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Croatia sealed the first half outcome at 28:27. Croatia went on a 9:2 spurt midway through the third quarter to post a 39:32 advantage. They gradually cleared off to enjoy a 45:35 buffer at the final intermission. Ivana Tikvic (189-C/F-94) ignited a 7:0 run from Croatia at the start of the fourth stanza as they left Finland far behind and never looked back. Ivana Tikvic finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the effort. Anja Majstorovic added 7 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Anni Karkkainen replied with 17 points for Finland. Anni Jamsa netted 13 points in the loss.
France - Russia 54-70
Russia won Group E at the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship. They handled France to advance into the quarterfinal stage from the top position in the pool. Russia will now face Netherlands, while France will take on Spain in the playoffs. It was the first defeat for France at the tournament. Russia surged ahead early in the encounter and posted a 17:11 lead ten minutes into the clash. Ekaterina Ryabova and Novikova stretched the margin to 10 points at the beginning of the second term. But France reacted with nine points in a row to trim the distance. Russia stayed in front and ensured a 36:29 lead at halftime. Alexandra Marchenkova helped Russia stay in charge throughout the third quarter. Ekaterina Ryabova capped the third term with a treble as Russia posted a 53:44 lead. Alexandra Marchenkova and Shchetina tipped off the fourth quarter with four points in a row and Russia did not look back en route to the victory. Alexandra Marchenkova notched 15 points for Russia. Natalia Grishkevich (175-G-94) added 13 points in the winning effort. Olivia Epoupa replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds for France. Valeriane Ayayi finished with 11 points in the loss.
Sweden - Serbia 39-73
Serbia have entered the quarterfinal stage at the U16 European Championship in Greece. They knocked down Swedish counterparts to earn the fourth position in the Qualifying Round Group E. Natasa Kovacevic produced 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Serbia will face Turkey in the playoffs. Natasa Kovacevic knocked down 8 points in the first frame to put Serbia in charge. The Balkan team posted a 16:11 lead at the first break. Jankovic tipped off the second frame with four points in a row as Serbia kept on rolling. They grabbed a 14-point lead soon. Natasa Kovacevic finished the first half up by 15 points 41:26. The third term turned out disastrous for the Scandinavian team. They accounted for just 4 points and faced a 32-point deficit at the final intermission. Sweden never recovered and allowed Serbia to cruise to the victory at the end. Sanja Mandic (177-G-95) notched 20 points and 8 rebounds for Serbia. Tamara Novic added 9 points for the winners. Linnea Frykbo replied with 11 points for Sweden. Paulina Hersler tallied 10 points in the loss.

Group F
Greece - Spain 43-45
Spain U16 sent the hosts out of the Quarter-Final as they won the thriller in Kozani. Spain finished the Qualifying Round with 3-2 record after 45:43 victory. More than 1200 local fans tried hard to support the team bit Greece finished with 1-4 record that was not enough to advance. The teams could not score in the game for the first three minutes, while Gari brought the first points for the guests. Arrojo made a lay-up for 11:5 that was the last shot in the first period. Greece meanwhile started the second period with 6-0 run and Fouraki tied it at 11:11. Marin brought Spain 20:16 and Aliaga remained Spain in front at 23:20 after the half. Kyratzi tied it again at 23:23 as Spain could not score for the first 4 minutes in the third period. Gonzalez scored for 30:26 and Sideri closed the third frame at 30:29. The last quarter was a real thriller in the court as both sides desired to win. Tarla gave the hosts 38:37 as it became the last lead of Greece. Gari delivered for 45:40 and Priona made the last score on the board. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) exploded with 11 points and 28 rebounds. Aliaga and Gari followed her with 9 points apiece. Priona and Tarla answered with 9 points each in the losing effort and Sideri added 8.
Holland - Czech Republic 52-63
Even with the loss Netherlands U16 advanced to the Quarter-Final of the U16 European Championship Women. Czech Republic U16 beat them 63:52 but remained last with 1-4 record. Czech Republic opened the game with 6-0 run and Salacova added two for 10:6. Vejsadova closed another 7-0 run for 20:8 midway through the first period. Peters closed the frame as she made two free throws for the Dutch side. Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) gave Czech Republic 24:13 and Duskova scored for 30:19. After 15-15 in the quarter the score was 35:25 for Czech Republic at the halftime. Treffers reduced to 39:35, while Salacova closed the third period at 43:36. It was a defensive frame that brought 11:8 for the Dutch team. Czech Republic however bounced back and Matulkova increased the lead to 50:39. Hoskova scored for 56:49 and Kathmann cut it to 58:52. Czech Republic needed 5-0 run at the very end to win the game. Tereza Vyoralova top-scored for the winners with 12 points for 2-3 record. Matulkova netted 11 and Salacova collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Treffers brought her side 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Slim added 6 in defeat.
Belgium - Turkey 63-77
Turkey won Group F of the U16 European Championship Women. The favorites rolled over Belgium 77:63 as the latter also advanced to the Quarterfinals. Turkey extended their winning streak in the tournament to five games. Belgium couldn't stop their opponents and had to accept a clear loss. Adams brought Belgium the first points and Bende scored for 9:8. Later Turkey however grabbed the lead and Merve Aydin (174-G-94) with a three closed the opening quarter. Nakas made it 30:24 and Dogan increased to 40:29. Adams was the last to score at the half for 44:32 halftime score. Emirtekin scored the first four points for the winners in the third period and Merve Aydin brought 52:35. Emirtekin netted another two, while Bende closed the run for Belgium. Lebrun gave Belgium 43:56 at the end of thirty minutes. The last period became offensive and productive for the teams as they scored 41 points together. Turkey won 21-20 to add it to the total success. Merve Aydin paced all the winners with 20 points for 5-0 record. Koksal collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Emirtekin added 11. Adams ended up with 16 points in the losing case and Lebrun posted 13.

Group G
Poland - Belarus 66-27
Polish U16 team earned the second win in the classification round of the European Championship in Greece. They stunned Belarus to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Dominika Miloszewska knocked down 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Belarus slipped at 1-2 record after the defeat. Poland kept their opponents for more than 7 minutes at the start of the game. Poland piled up an 18:0 lead and won the starting quarter 26:2. The teams combined for only 11 points in the second term. Poland posted a 33:6 advantage at halftime. Belarus struggled to come back to life in the third stanza. Poland rallied to a 47:19 lead at the final break. Belarus surrendered in the fourth quarter allowing their opponents to cruise to the victory. Beata Jaworska (186-F-94) notched 11 points and 14 rebounds for Poland. Dominika Owczarzak provided 9 points in the winning effort. Yuliya Haponava replied with 9 points for Belarus. Katsiaryna Pratasevich and Maryia Papova had 6 points apiece in the loss.
Lithuania - Italy 46-76
Italy recorded the third straight win at the U16 European Championship in Greece. They held off Lithuania to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group G. Marida Orazzo (175-F/G-94) knocked down 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead Italy. Italy went on a 12:0 run midway through the opening quarter to surge ahead. They posted an 18:12 lead at the first intermission. Peresson tipped off the second frame with a three-pointer to boost the lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the term and recorded a 39:30 lead at the interval. Francesca Minali triggered a 9:0 run in the third quarter to consolidate their advantage. Lithuania faced a massive 16-point deficit at the final break. Italy kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Giulia Scaramuzza provided 11 points for Italy. Francesca Minali contributed 10 points for the winners. Gerda Kruckauskaite and Simona Dobrovolskyte netted 10 points each for Lithuania. Matuzonyte produced 7 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.


Division A: Day Five in Ptolemaida and Kozani (Qualifying Round)  - Aug. 17, 2010 

Group E
Sweden - France 50-65
France became the only unbeaten team in Group E (4-0) and of course already booked a spot for the next stage. Today, France got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95). Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) collected 9 points and 9 rebounds for Sweden.

Serbia - Finland 64-38
Serbia is still alive at this event after they outplayed Finland for the first win in Group E. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) top-scored for Serbia with 13 points. Finland got 10 pts from Anni Karkkainen (179-G/F-94). Serbia 1-3, Finland 0-4.

Russia - Croatia 67-73
Croatia jumped to 3-1 and already secured the Quarterfinals in Kozani. Lana Packovski (170-G-94) was their leading player with 23 points and 5 assists. Russia got 12 pts from Polina Sych (180-G-94) and it was their first loss in Group E (3-1), but they are also sure members of the QFinals.

Group F
Czech Republic - Spain 44-50
2-2 for Spain and 0-4 for Czech Republic after this meeting. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) shined for the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She reached valuation 21 and was the MVP of this game. In defeat, Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) netted 13 pts.

Turkey - Greece 60-36
Turkey improves its score to 4-0 and remains No.1 in Group F. Greece dropped to 1-3 and their chances to reach the next stage drastically decreased. Deniz Dogan (176-F-94) led Turkey with 15 points. Elisavet Kotoula (171-G-94) netted 10 pts in defeat.

Holland - Belgium 64-65 OT
Belgium grabbed an OT win against Holland and it was a very important game for both teams as they had 2-1 before it. Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) shined for the winners with 18 points. Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) collected 26 points and 11 rebs in loss.

Group G
Belarus - Italy 36-57
Italy made another step forward to survival in Division A. Their best scorer today was Antonia Peresson (170-G-95) with 12 points. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) replied with 12 pts and 14 rebs in defeat. Italy 2-0, Belarus 1-1.

Poland - Lithuania 55-48
Poland had Maja Rynkiewicz (180-F-94) in a game mood today with 11 pints. Just one of their players was scoreless in this meeting. Egle Zelnyte (187-F-94) had 17 pts and 10 boards in defeat. Poland 1-1, Lithuania 0-2.



Division A: Day Four in Ptolemaida and Kozani (Qualifying Round)  - Aug. 16, 2010 

Group E
Finland - France 44-78
France outplayed Finland to stay perfect in Group E with 3-0 record. Clementine Morateur (170-G-95) came up with 15 points for the winners, while Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (184-F-95) added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Finland (0-3) got 10 points from Ella Rantanen (186-F/C-94).

Serbia - Russia 60-65
3-0 for Russia and 0-3 for Serbia after this meeting. Polina Sych (180-G-94) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds in loss.

Croatia - Sweden 68-49
Valuable win for Croatia, who jumped to third place with 2-1 record. At the same time, Sweden slipped to 1-2. Ana-Marija Begic (190-C-94) paced the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Erica Iderstal (173-G-94) had 19 pts and 5 boards in defeat.

Group F
Spain - Belgium 61-48
Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) was a key player for the winners with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Heleen Adams (173-G-94) delivered 16 points in defeat. Spain 1-2, Belgium 2-1.

Czech Republic - Turkey 55-67
Turkey became the only unbeaten team in Group F with 3-0 record. Their leading player today was Doga Comba (185-F-94) with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Nada Salacova (190-C-94) shined in loss with 12 points and 15 rebs.

Greece - Holland 50-60
Both teams entered to this game with 1-1 record. Holland grabbed 50-60 victory mostly owing to Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Vasiliki Tarla (181-F-94) collected 15 points and 11 boards for Greece.

Group G
Italy - Poland 79-70
Italy made a first step forward to survival in Division A. Antonia Peresson (170-G-95) was their key player today with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Kinga Wozniak (166-G-94) netted 22 points for Poland.

Lithuania - Belarus 37-51
Belarus stopped Lithuania to just 37 points for the game and of course celebrated an easy win. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) registered monster double-double for Belarus: 20 points and 16 rebounds. Lithuania got 11 pts from Gerda Kruckauskaite (172-G-94).


Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Ptolemaida and Kozani  - Aug. 14, 2010 

Group A
Sweden - Finland 67-48
Sweden celebrated in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Kozani. They outplayed Finland 67-48 for 2-1 record in Group A, what was enough for the second place and a spot for the next stage. Finland also goes to Qualifying Round, thanks to victory against Lithuania earlier at this event. Agnes Mellstrom (182-F-94) shined for Sweden with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Linnea Frykbo (169-G-94) also scored 14 and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that, while Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) had 11 pts and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Vilma Purhonen (183-F-95) collected 12 points and 7 rebs. Anni Jamsa (164-G-95) followed her with 9 points. Except of the first quarter, Sweden won all other in this game. First ten minutes ended with 15-15 tie after what Swedish players took control on their rivals making 18-11 in Q2. They continued in the same rhythm after the breather. Finland was not able to resist and faced with minus 14 after 30 minutes of play. They game was already over for them and Sweden grabbed the second place in Group A. In the first day of Qualifying Round, Sweden will meet Croatia. Finland will play against France.

Russia - Lithuania 88-39
Russia demonstrated its power once again. This time Lithuania faced with strong Russia facing with 88-39 loss. It means that Russia ended this stage with perfect 3-0 and advanced to Qualifying Round. Lithuania failed to do the same as they ended as the last ranked team of Group A with poor 0-3. Julia Gladkova (183-G-94) paced the winners with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Shchetina (195-C-95) had 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Zhanna Byazrova (180-F-94) also scored 11 pts. Lithuania didn't have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Gintare Jasiunskaite (180-F-94) with 7 points and 5 rebs. Russia dominated in all basketball segments today. They started with 23-16 and continued with 14-11 in the second quarter. Lithuania was not able to reply as they faced with big troubles at the both sides of the court. Russia exploded in Q3 scoring 23 points, while they stopped Lithuania to just 4 on the other side. Question about the winner was already resolved and last ten minutes were just the formality. In the first day of the Qualifying Round, Russia will meet Serbia. Lithuania will be transferred to Classification Games.

Group B
France - Serbia 50-46
France finished Preliminary Round in Kozani with perfect 3-0 record. Of course, they are No.1 in Group B and advanced to the next stage. Serbia also moves to the next stage, thanks to their win against Italy earlier at this event. Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds in victory. Marieme Badiane (187-C-94) had 12 points and 9 boards. In Serbia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) delivered 13 points. Their second scorer was Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) with 8 pts. France did a great job in the last ten minutes of this game. Serbia entered to the last quarter with plus five and was looking good. However, Olivia Epoupa and her teammates wanted to take this one and they intensified defense, what resulted with only two points scored by Serbia in Q4. On the other side, France had 11 what was enough for 50-46 win at the end. France will be transferred to Group E, together with Serbia and four more teams. Four best ranked teams from this pool will go to Quarterfinals. In the first day of Qualifying Round, France will play against Finland. Serbia will take on strong Russia.

Italy - Croatia 51-76
Croatia shined in the last day of Preliminary Round in Kozani. They cruised past Italy to finish this stage as No.2 of Group B with 2-1 record. Of course, that was enough for Qualifying Round at this event. On the other side, Italy ended with poor 0-3 and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) stepped up for the winners with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Andrijana Cvitkovic (186-C-94) followed her with double-double of 15 points and 15 rebs. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) added 14 pts and 9 rebounds for Croatia. In Italy, Erica Reggiani delivered 14 points. Eleonora Zanetti (180-F-94) and Giulia Gombac (178-F/G-94) netted 9 points each. Croatia exploded in the second half of this game and thanks to these 20 minutes they celebrated comfortable win. Before that, first quarter was tied at 16-16. Next period belonged to Italy, who was 3-points up at the halftime. Croatian players came up after the breather with strong willingness to take this one. They intensified defense and stopped Italy to just 14 points in 20 minutes. On the other side, they drained 17+25 for excellent 51-76 win. In the first day of Qualifying Round, Croatia will meet Sweden. Italy will play against Poland in the first game of Classification Round.

Group C
Poland - Holland 63-67
Holland grabbed the crucial win against Poland. With this victory Holland jumped to second place in Group C (2-1) and advanced to Qualifying Round. Poland slipped to 1-2 and because of defeat against Spain earlier in this championship failed to reach the next stage. They will have to fight for the survival in Division A. Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) was in a game mood with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Inez van Hulsen (167-G-94) scored 11 and Carmen Droste (184-F-94) added two points less. In defeat, Beata Jaworska (186-F-94) collected 19 points and 7 rebs. Dominika Miloszewska (186-C-94) had 9 pts and 8 rebs in this loss. The winner of this game is decided in the finish. Teams entered to last 4:58 tied at 55-55. Holland shined after that making 2-7 run with 3:20 to go. Poland didn't give up and mostly owing to Beata Jaworska closed the gap to 61-62. Kathmann made a jump shot for Holland after that, while Wolanska missed a lay-up on the other side. We saw a free throw finish after that, where Dutch players were focused and celebrated crucial 63-67 win at the end. Holland will meet Greece in Day Four. Poland will play against Italy.

Spain - Turkey 54-57
Both teams had 1-1 before this meeting and it was very important game for both of them. Turkey celebrated 54-57 win to finish as No.1 in Group C, while Spain also advanced to the next stage despite this defeat. Spain outplayed Poland earlier in this championship so they finished as No.3 in this pool. Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) shined in Turkey with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Deniz Dogan (176-F-94) had 13 and was their last player with double-digits in scoring. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Maria Arrojo (186-F-85) had 12 pts and 5 rebs. Spain had great last quarter of this game (16-6), but still that was not enough for victory. Spain was better in Q1 as well (20-16), but they faced with big deficits in Q2 and Q3. Cansu Koksal and her teammates exploded in the second frame scoring 21 points. They stopped Spain to 7 for plus 10 at the halftime. Turkey was slightly better than Spain after the breather closing third period with 11-14 for plus 13. That turned out to be too much for Spain for rest of the way. Turkey will meet Czech Republic in Day Four. Spain will take on Belgium.

Group D
Czech Republic - Greece 57-59
The host of this event ended Preliminary Round with victory. They grabbed 57-59 thriller win against Czech Republic to finish this stage as No.2 of Group D with 2-1 record. Czech Republic also advanced to the next stage, but as No.3 with 1-2 score. Foteini Priona (175-G-94) scored 13 points in this victory. Vasiliki Tarla (181-F-94) had double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds, while Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) helped with 10 pts and 12 rebs. In defeat, Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) was good with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Karolina Severova (182-F-94) netted 11 points. It was a very exciting game until the end. Teams entered to last 4:54 with 47-47 tie. The hosts shined after that making 2-9 run and there was just 1:15 remaining after that. Tereza Vyoralova and her teammates didn't give up and they wanted to make a comeback. They closed the gap to minus three with 10 seconds left and Greece had the possession. Sideri committed a turnover and Czech Republic had a chance. Andelova was sent to the line, but she missed first and made the second free throw. There was 3 seconds left and Greece had the ball missing two FTs, so they registered 57-59 victory. In the first day of Qualifying Round, Greece will meet Holland. Czech Republic will play against Turkey.

Belgium - Belarus 65-51
Another win for Belgium in Ptolemaida. They jumped to 3-0 with this one finishing the Preliminary Round as No.1 of Group C. Of course, Belgium advanced to the next stage. Belarus finished this phase winless and they will fight for the survival in Division A. Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) top-scored in victory with 16 points. Charlotte Heeren (170-G-94) had 11 pts today. In defeat, Maryia Papova (186-F-94) and Hanna Kalenta (187-C/F-94) delivered 11 points each. There were the last players with double-digits in scoring in this game. Belgium opened the game with 22-17 in the first ten minutes. Belarus improved after that making 10-14 in Q2. Third frame was the crucial one in this meeting. Antonia Delaere and her teammates were great at the both sides of the court creating 23-7 in Q3 for 55-38 lead with 10:00 to go. Belarus had not chance to rest of the time, despite Q4 belonged to them 10-13. Qualifying Round begins on Monday. Belgium's first rival will be Spain. Belarus will be transferred to Classification Group G and will meet Lithuania first.


Division A: Day Two in Ptolemaida and Kozani - Aug. 13, 2010 

Group A
Russia - Sweden 97-54
Russia demonstrated another great performance in Kozani. This time Russia was too strong for Sweden jumping to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A. Albina Razheva (186-F-94) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Polina Sych (180-G-94) also scored 16 points, but to go with 6 boards. Zhanna Byazrova (180-F-94) followed them with 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Raushan Gultekin (169-G-94) and Evelyn Troha (183-F-94) netted 10 points each. Their Sweden dropped to 1-1. Russia won every single quarter of this meeting. They started with 22-16 in the first ten minutes and continued with impressive 35-17 in Q2. At that time it was already clear that Sweden will not have a chance. Russia was 24 points up at the halftime and was looking great. Nothing has changed after the breather and Russia created 22-12 in Q3. They closed this game with 18-9 for the final 97-54 blowout. In Day Three, Russia will meet Lithuania. Sweden will meet Finland. It is important to mention that with this victory Russia already booked a spot for the next stage.

Lithuania - Finland 48-50
Finland grabbed the first win in Kozani. After defeat in Day One, Finland grabbed 48-50 thriller victory against Lithuania for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Lithuania stays winless so far. Anni Karkkainen (179-G/F-94) came up with 12 points for the winners. Emmi Leino (179-F-94) and Kaisa Kuisma (180-F-94) helped with 10 points each. Gerda Kruckauskaite (172-G-94) responded with 11 points in defeat. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) had 10 pts and 7 boards. This game is decided in the finish. Before that, Finland made 15-18 in the first and 11-12 in the second quarter. They were better in Q3 as well (7-12), thus after 30 minutes of play Finland was 33-42 up. However, Lithuania didn't give up and they drastically improved in the last quarter. With 3:44 to play they closed the gap to 43-44 and everything was open again. Lithuania grabbed 48-47 lead in the finish, but thanks to triple by Emmi Leino with 21 seconds to go Finland grabbed valuable victory. In Day Three, Finland will meet Sweden. Lithuania will play against Russia.

Group B
France - Italy 57-50
France registered the second straight win in Ptolemaida. They have 2-0 now and already booked a spot for the next stage, despite there is one more round to be played in Preliminary Phase. Valeriane Ayayi (184-F-94) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Olivia Epoupa also was great as she added 17 points and 12 rebs. France didn't have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. On the other side, Erica Reggiani (175-G-94) shined with 15 points. Antonia Peresson (170-G-95) had 7. Their Italy dropped to 0-2, but still has some chances to reach the next phase. France opened the game better, especially in offense. Valeriane Ayayi and her teammates drained 25 points in the first ten minutes, while limiting Italy to 17 on the other side. Italy improved after that and they managed to stop France to seven more pts until the halftime. They had 14 closing the gap to 32-31. Third frame belonged to France 12-9, but after that Italy quickly tied the score to 46-46. France shined when it was the most important and closed this meeting with 11-4 run. In Day Three, France will meet Serbia. Italy will play against Croatia.

Serbia - Croatia 67-90
Croatia blasts Serbia in Balkan derby 67-90. It means that both teams have 1-1 record now in Group B and both have a nice chance to reach the Qualifying Round. Ruzica Dzankic (180-F/G-94) was a key player in victory. She spent 36 minutes on the court draining 26 points. With valuation 25, Dzankic was the MVP of this meeting. Anja Majstorovic (184-F/C-94) followed her with 14, while Iva Cigic (174-G-94) added 2 points less. In Serbia, Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) shined with 22 points and 7 boards. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-G-94) delivered 10 pts. Croatia was way better team today. They dominated in all basketball segments and won every single quarter of this meeting. Ruzica Dzankic was on fire and mostly owing to her Croatia made 16-22 lead in the first ten minutes. They continued with 17-24 in Q2 for plus 13 at the halftime. Nothing has changed after that. Croatia still was the team who dominated ending Q3 with 18-22 and the last one with 16-22 for the final 67-90 blowout. In Day Three, Croatia will meet Italy. Serbia will play against strong France.

Group C
Spain - Poland 65-58
Spain registered the first win in Kozani. They managed to beat Poland 65-58 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Actually all four teams from this pool have the same numbers now and all have a chance for the next stage. Marles Balart (182-F/C-94) was the leading player in Spain with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 27 and won the MVP title for this game. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) scored 15 and Laura Aliaga (182-G-94) added two points less. Dominika Owczarzak (166-G-94) delivered 22 points in defeat. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Spain did a great job in the first quarter. Mostly owing to that, Spain grabbed victory in this game. They started with 18-8, but Poland improved in Q2 (19-19). However, that was not enough for them to come any closer until the half time. Poland threatened after the breather coming to minus 5, but Spain stopped them taking 52-43 lead with ten minutes to go. They had no troubles to keep the safe distance in Q4 and to celebrate 65-58 victory. In Day Three, Spain will play against Turkey. Poland will meet Holland.

Turkey - Holland 65-52
Turkey failed in Day One, but they managed to beat Holland on Friday afternoon. It means that Turkey jumped to 1-1 and all other teams in Group C have the same record. Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) came up with 13 points and 8 rebounds in victory. Tilbe Senyurek (186-C-95) followed her with double-double of 12 points and 13 boards. They were the only players with double-digits in scoring for Turkey. On the other side, Holland got 12 points from Britt Zappeij (181-C-95). Kourtney Treffers (184-F-94) collected 11 points and 8 boards. Turkey had a great start today. Cansu Koksal and her teammates created 19-11 lead in the first ten minutes and were looking good. However, Holland improved after that and for rest of the time in the first half closed the gap to 34-30. Turkey shined after the breather once again and they made 19-15 in Q3. There was 6:50 to go when Turkey reached plus 15 and the game was already over for Holland. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, Turkey will meet Spain. Holland will play against Poland. All teams have a chance to reach the next stage.

Group D
Belgium - Czech Republic 69-60
Belgium shined once again in Kozani. They managed to win for the second straight time (2-0) and already booked a spot for the next stage at U16 EuroBasket. Their leading player today was Antonia Delaere (174-G-94) with 18 points. Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-G/F-95) (6 rebs) and Heleen Adams (173-G-94) (8 rebs) helped with 13 and 12 points respectively. In defeat, Tereza Vyoralova (176-G-94) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dominika Pohunkova (168-G-94) delivered 15 pts. Their Czech Republic dropped to 1-1, but still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. Belgium made 22-18 in the first quarter and Czech Republic had 10-11 for the next ten minutes. Belgium was better team in Q4 and they finished it with 15-12 for plus six before the last frame. Czech Republic shined at the beginning of this period and they quickly closed the gap to one point. Everything was open again, but Belgium players didn't panic. They managed to make 16-9 in the next few minutes and later to finish this game with nice 69-60. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Belgium will play against Belarus. Czech Republic will meet Greece.

Belarus - Greece 56-59
The host of U16 EuroBasket managed to grab the first win at this event. They failed in Day One, but today Greece escaped with tiny 56-59 win against Belarus. Both teams have 1-1 record now, same as Belgium and Czech Republic. All four teams from this group (D) have a chance to reach the next stage. Stefania Sideri (178-G-94) shined for the hosts with 13 points. Maria Papavasileiou (178-G-94) collected 12 pts and 8 rebs, while Eleni Kyratzi (170-G-95) and Vasiliki Tarla (181-F-94) (7 rebs) added 10 points each. In Belarus, Hanna Kalenta (187-C/F-94) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Yuliya Haponava (184-F-94) netted 11 pts in this defeat. Belarus was slightly better team at the beginning as they made 16-14 lead in Q1. The hosts woke up after that and managed to take 30-33 until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Stefania Sideri and her teammates dominated at the both sides of the court and they managed to reach double-digit lead (42-52) with 10:00 to go. Belarus came to 55-56 with 3:16 remaining, but Greece closed this meeting with jump shot and free throw, while Belarus made only one FT on the other side. In Day Three, Greece will meet Czech Republic. Belarus will play against Belgium.


Division A: Day One in Ptolemaida and Kozani  - Aug. 12, 2010 

Group A
Sweden - Lithuania 61-55
Sweden celebrated in Day One against Lithuania mostly owing to Paulina Hersler (189-F-94), who scored 33 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. On the other side, Egle Zelnyte (186-F-94) collected 13 points and 13 boards.

Finland - Russia 53-80
Russia blasted Finland 53-80 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Their leading player today was Alexandra Marchenkova with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Emmi Leino (177-F-94) replied with 13 pts in defeat.

Group B
Croatia - France 74-79
Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94) was a key player for the winners today. She spent 31 minutes on the court collecting 24 points and 10 rebounds. With valuation 29 Epoupa was the MVP of this meeting. Lana Packovski (168-C-94) delivered 14 points in defeat.

Italy - Serbia 55-58
Serbia grabbed nice 55-58 win against Italy making the first step forward to the second stage. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds in this victory. Italy got 15 points from Giulia Gombac (176-G/F-94).

Group C
Poland - Turkey 69-63
Poland had Beata Jaworska in a game mood with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Kinga Wozniak (166-G-94) also was good today adding 14 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Deniz Dogan delivered 17 points. Poland 1-0, Turkey 0-1.

Holland - Spain 71-67 OT
Holland grabbed an overtime win against Spain for 1-0 in Preliminary Group C. They got the most from Kourtney Treffers (182-F-94) today: 26 points and 12 rebounds. Irene Gari shined in defeat with 22 pts and 5 boards.

Group D
Greece - Belgium 45-62
Heleen Adams (173-G-94) was the leading scorer in this victory with 14 points. She helped Belgium to beat Greece for 1-0 record in Group D. The host of this event got 13 points from Stefania Sideri.

Czech Republic - Belarus 60-50
Czech Republic had couple of players in a game mood today. Karolina Severova was the leading one with 12 points. On the other side, Hanna Kalenta (185-F-94) delivered 24 pts. Czech Republic 1-0, Belarus 0-1.



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