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European Championships U20 2007 Div.A logo
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E.CHAMPS U20 Stage 2
Standings
Group E
1. Spain 5-0
2. Serbia 4-1
3. Russia 3-2
4. Belgium 2-3
5. Belarus 1-4
6. Greece 0-5
Group F
1. France 5-0
2. Turkey 3-2
3. Germany 2-3
4. Italy 2-3
5. Latvia 2-3
6. Bulgaria 1-4

E.CHAMPS U20 Stage 1
Standings
Group A
1. Spain 3-0
2. Russia 2-1
3. Greece 1-2
4. Israel 0-3
Group B
1. Serbia 3-0
2. Belgium 2-1
3. Belarus. 1-2
4. Hungary 0-3
Group C
1. Italy 2-1
2. Latvia 2-1
3. Turkey 2-1
4. Czech R. 0-3
Group D
1. France 3-0
2. Germany 2-1
3. Bulgaria 1-2
4. Ukraine 0-3

E.CHAMPS U20 Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Lithuan. 3-1
2. Portugal 2-1
3. United 2-1
4. Holland 1-2
5. Switzer. 0-3
Group B
1. Sweden 3-1
2. Montene. 3-1
3. Poland 3-1
4. Romania 1-3
5. Ireland 0-4

E.CHAMPS U20
Div.A
Final Standings
Group A
1. Spain
2. Serbia
3. France
4. Turkey
5. Belgium
6. Italy
7. Russia
8. Germany
9. Bulgaria
10. Greece
11. Belarus.
12. Latvia
13. Ukraine
14. CzechRep.
15. Israel
16. Hungary

E.CHAMPS U20
Div.B
Final Standings
1. Montene.
2. Lithuan.
3. United
4. Portugal
5. Sweden
6. Poland
7. Holland
8. Romania
9. Switzer.
10. Ireland

EC U20 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lysyuk, UKR 22.0
2 Zlatanova, BUL 20.6
3 Skuballa, GER 19.3
4 Hasper, BLR 18.5
5 Caglar, TUR 18.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Abramzon, ISR 12.8
2 Putnina, LAT 11.0
3 Görg, GER 10.8
4 Caglar, TUR 10.4
5 Kamba, FRA 9.6
Assists Per Game
1 Carpréaux, BEL 6.8
2 Dominguez, ESP 5.6
3 Musovic, SRB 4.1
4 Lysyuk, UKR 3.7
5 Segal, ISR 3.7
Steals Per Game
1 Carpréaux, BEL 3.0
2 Knezevic, SRB 2.6
3 Bakircioglu, TUR 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Katopodi, GRE 2.0
2 Digbeu, FRA 1.9
3 Myasoedova, RUS 1.9
2FGP
1 Rad, SRB 72.1
2 Vechtova, CZE 71.1
3 Kamba, FRA 60.4
3FGP
1 Kuthanova, CZE 53.8
2 Vita Garcia, ESP 53.3
3 Arguello, ESP 48.8
Free Throws
1 Grieb, GER 93.1
2 Bär, GER 89.3
3 Vincze, HUN 88.0
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Spanish U20 National Team (Photo: SBF)
   
Dominguez lead Spain to the European Championship U20 title 2007 (Photo: FIBA) 

Spanish U20 National Team 2007


Dominguez


Pina


Gimeno


Arguello


De La Fuente

4 Ana Suarez (170-G-87) of Hondarribia - Irun
5 Naiara Diez of Mann Filter Zaragoza
6 Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca
7 Anna Carbo (176-F-88) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos
8 Sara Garcia (178-F-87)
9 Patricia Arguello (179-F-87) of USP CEU - Adecco Estudiantes
10 Maria Pina (187-F-87) of Rivas Futura
11 Laura Gimeno (194-F/C-87) of Mann Filter Zaragoza

12 Laura Fabrega (167-G-87)
13 Itziar Mallabiabarrena (192-C-87) of Hondarribia - Irun
14 Alejandra De La Fuente (195-C-88) of Ensino
15 Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) of Universitat de Barcelona - FC Barcelona

   Division A: Spain triumphs in Bulgaria  - Jul. 22, 2007
Final

Serbia U20 - Spain U20 60:75
Spain U20 National team became the new European champions. In the final clash they edged Serbia 75:60 to complete their perfect campaign in Bulgaria. It became the first ever title for Spanish team at U20 level.
Serbia dominated at the start of the Final. They scored 7 unanswered points to open the game and led 21:5 midway through the opening frame. But a strong 8:0 run to cap the frame allowed Spain to cut the distance to 13:21. Serbia held on the lead throughout the second quarter due a solid percentage from beyond the arc. They were up 36:29 with 8 seconds left in the first half but Anna Carbo (176-F-88) draioned a trey to narrow the deficit to 32:36 at halftime.
Spain finally surged ahead 5 minutes into the third frame when Maria Pina nailed a jumper. Spain immediatelly ensured a 8:0 run to close the third quarter ahead 55:47. Spaniards were unstoppable at the start of the final frame as they rolled to another impressive 14:5 run to mark a 69:52 distance with 5 minutes left in regulation. Serbia were demoralized and had little chances to save the encounter. Spain triumphed in Sofia!
Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) netted 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to pace Spain. Anna Carbo added 13 points and 5 steals in a winning effort. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) provided 16 points for Serbia. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) had 15 points in a defeat.

Serbia U20: Miljana Musovic 16 points, Jovana Rad 15
Spain U20: Silvia Dominguez 21, Anna Carbo 13.


3rd-4th spots

France U20 - Turkey U20 65:63
France claimed Bronze medals at the U20 European championship that just finished in Sofia. They narrowly defeated Turkey in a dramatic last day encounter. Turkey were ahead 32:28 at halftime but France revived in the second half. They finally caught up with Turkey midway through the final quarter and held on to the lead. Digbeu made it 63:57 game for France with less than 2 minutes to go. Bahar Caglar drained two free throws and Gulnur Sandallioglu connected from afar to cut the deficit to 1 point with 47 seconds left. Ingrid Tanqueray converted two free throws and Bahar Caglar missed a jump shot to seal the win for France.

France U20: Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) 12 points, Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) 11+13 boards
Turkey U20: Melike Bakircioglu (189-F-87) 15, Seda Erdogan (170-F-87, college: Dodge City CC) 14

5th-6th spots

Belgium U20 - Italy U20 78:75
Belgium U20 National team overcame Italy on the last day of the European championship in Bulgaria to claim the 5th spot in the final ladder. Belgian team posted an overall record of 5-3 at the tournament.
Belgium had a confident start to the game as they led 9:2 early on. However Chiara Consolini (182-F-88) drained 8 points at the end of the first frame to lift Italy ahead 21:20.
Benedetta Bagnara (178-G-87, agency: LBM Management) and Chiara Rossi opened the second quarter with straight three pointers to put Italy up 27:22. But Belgium's 11:0 run midway through the frame allowed them to regain the advantage 36:30 and stay in front 39:34 at halftime. Belgium spurred to a perfect third frame and outscored their opponents 24:13 to enter the final quarter leading comfortably 63:47. Italy's fierce comeback effort resulted in cutting the deficit to just 4 points with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. But Lieselot Malfait scored 3 straight points and Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) added three free throws to seal a victory for Belgian side.
Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) topscored for Belgium with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Marjorie Carpreaux had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Chiara Consolini and Benedetta Bagnara nailed 17 points apiece to pace Italy. Silvia Sarni added 13 points and 13 rebounds in a loss. Italy outrebounded the winners 40:38 but lacked accuracy converting just 27.1% of two pointers. Belgium hit 53.3% of their jumpers.

Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 19 points, Marjorie Carpreaux 16
Italy U20: Chiara Consolini 17, Benedetta Bagnara 17.


   Division B: Montenegro wins the title in Lithuania  - Jul. 22, 2007 
Final
Montenegro U20 - Lithuania U20 83:64
Montenegrin U20 National team celebrated their first historic trophy at the European championship in Division B. They edged the home side 83:64 to claim the first ever title and ensured Division A birth.
Both teams kept it close in the opening frame before Greta Luksyte's three pointer marked a 22:18 difference entering the second quarter. Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) nailed a jumper 5 minutes into the second quarter to make it 29:28 in favor of Montenegro. They later cleared off to a 39:30 distance and secured a 41:35 lead at halftime.
Montenegro came off the dressing room ready to fight and initiated an 8:0 run to widen the gap to 49:35. Aleksic and Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) then added a couple of impressive offensive plays to spur Montenegro to a 68:43 advantage at the start of the final stanza. Lithuania needed a miracle to save the encounter but it never came. Maja Milutinovic chipped in 5 straight points midway the quarter to start celebrating the victory.
Snezana Aleksic topscored in the game with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Maja Milutinovic added 19 points, while Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lithuania responded with 13 points from Vitalija Vasciunaite (172-G-88) and Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88). Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) had 9 points and 12 boards in a loss.
Montenegro outrebounded the hosts 41:39 and commited just 7 turnovers in the game. They also shot solid 51.7% from the field, limiting Lithuania to only 40%.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 22 points, Maja Milutinovic 19, Jelena Dubljevic 17+10 boards
Lithuania U20: Vitalija Vasciunaite 13, Laima Rickeviciute 13, Sarune Jasiunskaite 9+12 boards.

3rd-4th spots

Great Britain U20 - Portugal U20 79:73
Great Britain secured the spot on the podium after they beat Portugal 79:73 in their last encounter. The win meant Great Britain occupied the final third spot at the European championship in Divion B.
British players looked more aggressive at the start of the game as they rolled to a 15:0 run midway through the first quarter and won it 23:11. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) drained 5 points early in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 3 points. She then nailed another 8 points to keep Portugal in the race as they trailed by just 2 points at halftime 35:37.
Nadia Tavares dropped two points and Catia Lirio (182-C-89) ensured another two-point play to put Portugal ahead in the thitd frame. They maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter and came out winning 56:53. British team could not surge in front until 6 minutes into the final frame before Johannah Leedham (178-G-87) hit from beyond the arc to regain the lead for Great Britain. Lauren Thomas-Johnson (176-G-88) netted 4 straight points and Leedham knocked down one more trey to make it 73:67 for British team. Larisse Lima responded with a long jumper to cut it to 70:73. But free throws from Leedham and Thomas-Johnson killed intrigue at the end.
Johannah Leedham topscored for Great Britain with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Lauren Thomas-Johnson contributed 22 points and 7 boards for the winners. Larisse Lima paced Portugal with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Catia Lirio notched 15 points in defeat.

Great Britain U20: Johannah Leedham 26 points, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 22
Portugal U20: Larisse Lima 26+10 boards, Catia Lirio 15.

5th-6th spots

Sweden U20 - Poland U20 67:54
Sweden delivered a victory in the last day of the European championship in Lithuania. They toppled Poland to grab the 5th place at the tournament.
Poland rushed ahead at the start of this one and dropped first 4 points in the encounter. But Swedish players quickly found the rhythm and replied with a stunning 10:0 run of their own. This saw them win the first frame 21:11. Poland however bounced back at the start of the second quarter when they scored 9 unanswered points and cut the deficit to a single point. Both teams kept it close then and Mara Urbaniak's trey marked a 32:31 advantage for Poland at halftime.
Sweden cleared off with the beginning of the second half. They recorded an impressive 16:2 run that built a 47:36 gap between the teams. Urbaniak answered with another three pointer to narrow it a bit however Poland entered the final frame trailing by 6 points 43:49. Sweden quickly got away to a safe 56:46 distanse in the fourth stanza and secured it at the end.
Frida Aili (178-G-88) nailed 21 points to lead Sweden. Malin Edlund (183-F-88) scored 19 points and collected 10 boards for the winners. Joanna Zalesiak (173-F-88) provided game-high 27 points for Poland. Mara Urbaniak finished with 13 points in a losing effort.

Sweden U20: Frida Aili 21 points, Malin Edlund 19+10 boards
Poland U20: Joanna Zalesiak 27, Mara Urbaniak 13.

   Division B: Lithuania to play against Montenegro in title decider - Jul. 22, 2007
Lithuania U20 - Portugal U20 78:58
Lithuanian U20 National team celebrated a well-deserved victory over Portugal to secure the home Final at the European championship. The crowd that gathered in Drisininkai saw a spectacular performance from their favourites which saw advance to the main game of the tournament. So later today Lithuania will meet Montenegro in the title game.
Lithuania provided little chances for Portugal in this one. They started the game confidently and grabbed a 13:2 lead four minutes into the game. The gap just kept on growing and reached a 29:13 mark at the end of the first frame. Ana Paula Silva and Catia Lirio (182-C-89) slowed Lithuania a bit in the second frame and cut the deficit to 28:37. Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) nailed 6 points in the third frame to lift her team back on 56:41 distance. Lithuania never allowed Portugal to come any closer and sealed a perfect win at the end.
Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) paced hosts with 19 points. Laima Rickeviciute had 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) produced 12 points and 21 boards for the winners. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) dropped 11 points for Portugal. Catia Lirio and Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) scored 10 points apiece in defeat.
Portugal will now face Great Britain in the game for Bronze.

Lithuania U20: Aurime Rinkeviciute 19 points, Laima Rickeviciute 18, Sarune Jasiunskaite 12+21 boards
Portugal U20: Larisse Lima 11, Catia Lirio 10, Nadia Tavares 10.

Montenegro U20 - Great Britain U20 69:61
Montenegrin U20 team became the first finalist of the European championship in Division B. They overcame Great Britain in today's semifinal to clinch the Final spot.
Both teams entered the semifinal stage with just a single defeat and no one wanted to get the second. Montenegro were a bit quicker at the start of the game and posted an early 8:2 lead. Great Britain gradually found the touch from the field but Montenegro secured a 16:11 advantage after the first frame. Maja Milutinovic and Aleksandra Ratkovic produced a couple of strong offensive plays to ensure a 32:19 lead for Montenegro midway through the second frame. Johannah Leedham (178-G-87) however cut it to 27:36 at halftime. Another Montenegrin duet of Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) and Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) emerged strong at the end of the third quarter to ignite another run for their team and seal a 54:41 distance entering the final quarter. Verity Peets scored a jumper with less than 1.30 to go in regulation to revive a hope for Great Britain as they drove within 5 points from Montenegro. But it vanished with perfect free throws from Snezana Aleksic.
Jelena Dubljevic led Montenegro with 17 points and 13 boards. Snezana Aleksic provided 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) answered with 18 points for Great Britain. Johannah Leedham dropped 15 points in a loss.
Montengro outrebounded the opponents 44:30 and converted 50% of their 2-point attempts.

Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 17 points, Snezana Aleksic 16
Great Britain U20: Helen Naylor 18, Johannah Leedham 15.

   Division A: Spain will take on Serbia in the second straight Final - Jul. 22, 2007 
Spain U20 - Turkey U20 78:66
Spain entered the second semifinal of the European championship in Sofia undefeated and never endagered their record on the way to the Final. Turkey had a slight advantege in the opening frame 16:15 but it did not last for long. Silvia Dominguez (166-G-87) drained her 14 first half points to ensure a 37:33 lead for Spaniards at halftime. Spain never allowed Turkey to come closer in the third quarter and extended the gap to 58:52. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) tried to save the encounter for Turkey but her effort was not enough as they fell short to Spain.
Silvia Dominguez and Patricia Arguello (179-F-87) completed 18 points apiece to secure the win. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) contributed 11 points for the winners. Bahar Caglar had 20 points and 15 boards for Turkey, while Melike Bakircioglu (189-F-87) produced game-high 21 points in a defeat.
Spain will now take on Serbia in the Final. This will be the second clash of Serbian and Spanuish squads in this year's finals as they previously met in U18 European championship decider.

Spain U20: Silvia Dominguez 18 points, Patricia Arguello 18, Anna Carbo 11
Turkey U20: Melike Bakircioglu 21, Bahar Caglar 20+15 boards

Serbia U20 - France U20 76:64
Serbian U20 National team became the first finalist of the European championship in Bulgaria. They defeated France in the semifinal to advance to their historic first final. Serbia started the game bravely and led 5:0 one minute into it. France however quickly replied with 11:2 run of their own and gained an 11:7 advantage. Teams kept it close in the first quarter and Jelena Radic's jumper marked a narrow 22:20 Serbian lead. Both France and Serbia could not convert for more about four minutes into the second quarter before Maja Scekic opened the scoring line. It was once again a battle of characters and no one wanted to lose as the teams remained at a striking distance. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) drained a three pointer to cap the first half and put Serbia in front 41:34.
Serbia opened the second half with an 8:2 run and cleared off to a 49:36 distance. They continued to roll and piled up a 63:47 lead by the end of the frame. France seemed to lose the touch as they struggled to find their way back into this one. Maja Scekic hit one free throw with 59 seconds left in the regulation to mark a 76:60 lead. That was the win for Serbia as they now became the first finalist of the European championship.
Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) topscored for Serbia with 20 points. Tamara Radocaj contributed 17 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for the winners. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for France. Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) delivered 14 points and 9 boards in a defeat.

Serbia U20: Miljana Musovic 20 points, Tamara Radocaj 17
France U20: Endene Miyem 19, Laetitia Kamba 14.

   Division A: Qualifying round is completed, semifinalists are known - Jul. 20, 2007
Group E

Serbia U20 - Spain U20 76:79
Serbian U20 national team had somewhat a bitter taste to the end of the qualifying round of the European championship in Bulgaria. In the clash of two previously undefeated teams Spain emerged as winners. Spaniards dominated the game from the start and drove to a 21:20 lead after the opening frame. Both teams exchanged the blows in the second quarter but 5 points from Alejandra De La Fuente at the end of it lifted Spain to a 39:36 advantage at halftime.
Ptricia Aguello nailed two consecutive three pointers to open up the second half and ensured a 45:38 lead for Spanish team. However offensive effort from Arijana Kezevic allowed Serbia to come back into this one and grabbed the lead midway through the quarter. De La Fuente added 4 more points to cap the third frame and put Spain back on top 57:53.
The game remained close till the final seconds. Arijana Kezevic's jumper narrowed the gap to 74:77 with 12 seconds remaining. Anna Carbo (176-F-88) converted one of two free throws to make it 78:74. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) found the opportunity to nail another jump shot with 3 seconds left in regulation but Anna Carbo missed her second free throw to seal the victory for Spain.
Anna Carbo finished with game-high 18 points. Maria Pina (187-F-87) added 15 points for the winners. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) topscored for Serbia with 17 points. Miljana Musovic had 14 points in a defeat.
Both teams advanced to the semifinals. Serbia will now take on France on July 21. Spain will clash with Turkey in the second semifinal.

Serbia U20: Zorica Mitov 17 points, Miljana Musovic 14
Spain U20: Anna Carbo 18, Maria Pina 15.

Russia U20 - Belarus U20 69:61
Russia came out of ex-USSR clash as winners beating Belarus 69:61. They needed to withstand a late comeback effort from Belarusian team to celebrate a victory at the end. Russia finished the opening frame with a 8:0 run to establish a 20:13 lead. Belarus kept it Russia at a striking distance but allowed another late Russia's run to trail by 9 points at halftime 37:28.
Anna Mikheeva's jumper extended the lead to 56:40 midway through the third quarter. Belarus climbed within 6 points under 4 minutes left in regulation, but Russia survived the dying stage and recorded another win at the tournament.
Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) provided 22 points and 14 boards to pace Russia. Olga Petrova (178-G-88) added 12 points for the winners. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) responded with 18 points for Belarus. Viktoryia Hasper had 15 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
Russia outrebounded Belarus 51:32. Meanwhile Belarus struggled from behind the arc converting just 20% of three pointers.
Russia continues the action on July 21 against Italy in the classification round for the 5th-8th spots. Belarus will now play for the 9th-12th places versus Bulgaria the same day.

Russia U20: Natalya Myasoedova 22+14 boards, Olga Petrova 12
Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 18, Viktoryia Hasper 15.

Belgium U20 - Greece U20 57:53
Belgium U20 National team completed the qualifying round at the European championship in Bulgaria. In the last encounter of the round Belgium overcame Greece 57:53 to finish at 2-3 record. They will now fight the 5th spot in the classification round. Belgium had a perfect start to the game as they nailed 9 unanswered points to open it. Greece gradually found the rhythm and Anthoula Balta capped the opening frame with a three pointer to narrow the gap to just two points 18:16. Belgium extended the lead to 4 points at halftime 34:30. Sara Bas's free throws marked a 47:39 dominance of Belgium squad midway through the third quarter. However Anthoula Balta drained another trey to cut the deficit to 42:47 entering the final stanza. Belgium maintained the lead in the final minutes of the encounter, despite comeback efforts from Greek players.
Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) scored 12 points to lead Belgium. Virginie Michiels (179-F-87) and Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) provided 11 points for the winners. Anna Spyridopoulou (184-F-88) ensured 16 points for Greece. Evangelia Katopodi (188-F/C-87) had 14 points and 8 rebounds in a loss.
Belgium takes on Germany in classification round on July 21. Greece plays against Latvia for the 9th-12th spots the same day.

Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 12 points, Virginie Michiels 11, Marjorie Carpreaux 11
Greece U20: Anna Spyridopoulou 16, Evangelia Katopodi 14.

Group F

Bulgaria U20 - Latvia U20 65:58
Bulgaria U20 National team finally delivered the first win at the qualifying round of the European championship in Sofia. In the last round encounter Bulgaria edged Latvia to imrove to 1-4 record. Bulgaria dominated from the start and won the opening frame 21:16. Aija Putnina (191-F-88) scored 5 straight points at the beginning of the second frame to drive Latvia in front 26:23. However Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) capped the first half with a long jumper to regain the lead for hosts 36:31.
Bulgaria maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter but Putnina and Karline Nimane (186-F-90) closed the gap at the end. Bulgaria led by 4 points 62:58 with 2 minutes left on the clock. Then Ekaterina Dimitrova drained consecutive free throws to ensure the win for the home side.
Jaklin Zlatanova topscored for Bulgaria with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) produced 14 points for the winners. Aija Putnina nailed 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Latvia. Karline Nimane had 16 points and 11 rebounds in a defeat. Latvia dominated the boards 49:39, but lacked shooting accuracy. They converted just 30.4% from the field comparing to 52.2% from Bulgaria.
Bulgaria will next take on Belarus in the classification games for the 9th-12th spots. Latvia will play against Greece in the same round.

Bulgaria U20: Jaklin Zlatanova 17 points, Veselka Todorova 14
Latvia U20: Aija Putnina 19+10 boards, Karline Nimane 16+11 boards.

France U20 - Turkey U20 76:70
France extended their perfect record to 6 consecutive wins as they handle Turkey in the last encounter of the qualifying round. French team used a strong third quarter (30:12) to emerge as winners at the end. Endene Miyem led the action with 16 points. France will now take on Serbia in the semifinal. Turkey ensured another semifinal ticket from Group F and faces Spain in another semifinal battle.

France U20: Endene Miyem 16, Ana Cata-Chitiga 12, Ingrid Tanqueray (164-G-88) 10
Turkey U20: Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) 21, Melike Bakircioglu (189-F-87) 12.

Germany U20 - ItalyU20 67:62
Germany managed to slip past Italian team as they faced each other in the last game of the qualifying round. Germany used a strong first half to establish an uaasailable lead and celebrate victory. Both teams will now battle fot the 5th spot in the classification round. Italy takes on Russia, while Germany plays versus Belgium on July 21.

Germany U20: Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) 23+13 boards, Romy Bar (187-F-87) 20
Italy U20: Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) 14, Silvia Sarni (188-F/C-87) 10.

   Division A: three teams stay unbeaten  - Jul. 19, 2007
GROUP E
Serbia U20 - Russia U20 93:74
Serbia U20 National team made another step towards the title at the Euroeapn championship in Bulagria. They crashed the defending champions Russia 93:74 to stay unbeaten at the tournament. Russia meanwhile continued to struggle on the way to defend their title and suffered the second loss at the qualifying round.
Serbia grabbed a 22:19 lead after the opening frame. They maintained the dominace throughout the second quarter and enlarged the gap to 46:37 at halftime. Things seemed to turn Russia's way as Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) nailed 4 straight points and brought Russia within two points 55:57. However Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) scored 4 points and Scekic added a trey to clear off Serbia to a safe 68:57 distance at the end of the third quarter.
Serbia opened the final frame with a 10:2 run that allowed them to cruise past Russia and sealed another victory for Serbian squad.
Jovana Rad led all scorers with 21 points. Mljana Msovic nailed another 18 points, collected 4 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in a win. Natalya Myasoedova had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Olga Petrova (178-G-88) and Valeriya Musina (183-G-87) produced 12 points apiece in a losing effort.
Serbia had an impressive 53.8% of accuracy from beyond the arc. They also outrebounded Russia 33:30.
Serbia remained on top of Group E with a 4-0 record and faces Spain today. Russia fell to 2-2 record and will now try to improve against Belarus later tonight.

Serbia U20: Jovana Rad 21 points, Mljana Msovic 18, Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) 14
Russia U20: Natalya Myasoedova 14+10 boards, Olga Petrova 12, Valeriya Musina 12. 

Belgium U20 - Spain U20 44:84
Belgium U20 National team had little arguments to provide against Spanish squad in yesterday's action at the European championship in Bulgaria. Spain dominated every aspet of game and deservedly won 84:44 to remain undefeated. Belgium meanwhile fell to 1-3 record.
Spain had a brave start to this one as they scored 8 unanswered points to begin the game with. However 5 consecutive points from Lieselot Malfait (191-C-87, college: IUPU-Ft.Wayne) allowed belgium to stay close and they finished the opening frame trailing by 5 points 11:16.
Spain spurred ahead in the second quarter. They recorded a 21:2 run that left Belgium far behind and marked a 37:13 gap between the teams. Spain won the first half 41:16 virtually dropping all the doubts about the outcome.
Spanish players continued to dominate the game and limited Belgium to just 9 points in the third quarter extending the lead to 58:25. The task was fulfilled in the final 10 minutes as Spaniards never stopped and completed dismantling of Belgium team.
Alejandra De La Fuente (195-C-88) led the action with 13 points and 19 rebounds. Maria Pina (187-F-87) added another 13 points in a win. Lieselot Malfait replied with 11 points for Belgium.
Spain stays on top of Group E and will play versus yet unbeaten Serbia today. Belgium occupies the 5th spot and faces Greece in today's encounter.

Belgium U20: Lieselot Malfait 11 points, Fannie Vandesteene (176-F-87) 8
Spain U20: Alejandra De La Fuente 13+19 boards, Maria Pina 13.

Belarus U20 - Greece U20 71:56
Belarusian team finally rebounded after two losses at the start of the qualifying round and handed a 71:56 defeat to Greece. The victory saw them improve to 1-3 record in Group E at the European championship in Sofia.
Belarus was ahead from the start of the encounter and completed the first frame with a 22:20 lead. A 9:0 run midway through the second quarter allowed Belarus to clear off to a 38:28 distance. Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) (193-C-88)'s jumper capped the first half with Belarus in front 40:31.
Greece responded late in the third frame posting an 11:1 run and cutting the gap to a single point 47:48 with under 3 minutes to go in the frame. But eventually it was as far as they managed to get. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) poured in 8 consecutive points midway through the final quarter to lift Belarus to a 63:54 distance and they easily sealed the win at the end.
Viktoria Hasper topscored for Belarus with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich provided another 16 points for the winners. Evangelia Katopodi (188-F/C-87) had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Greece. Anthoula Balta (178-G-87) and Maria Bousnaki (182-G-89) delivered 10 points apiece in a losing effort.
Greece fell to 0-4 record and faces Belgium today. Belarus takes on neighbouring Russia later tonight.

Belarus U20: Viktoria Hasper 24+13 boards, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 16, Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) 7
Greece U20: Evangelia Katopodi 21, Anthoula Balta 10, Maria Bousnaki 10.

GROUP F

Latvia U20 - France U20 60:70
Latvian U20 National team did not manage to upset France in yesterday's action at the European championship in Bulgaria. France survived a late come back run from Latvia and pulled out with another victory. Latvia meanwhile suffered their second loss at the qualifying round in Group F. Both teams had an even start to the game with neither side rushing ahead. France completed the opening frame with a narrow 19:18 advantage. The gap grew bigger as French team scored 7 unanswered points to begin the second quarter with. France then maintained acquired dominace and were in front 39:30 at halftime.
French players spurred ahead to an 11:3 run at the start of the third quarter to establish a safe 50:33 margin and entered the final quarter leading 55:42. Latvia tried to bounce back with an early 7:0 run at the very start of the fourth stanza. They cut the deficit to 6 points but France got away with it. Some strong plays from Jennifer Digbeu and Ingrid Tanqueray secured a win for French team.
Endene Miyem (188-F-88) chipped in 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for France. Pauline Jannault (193-F/C-87) provided another 15 points for the winners. Karline Nimane (186-F-90) responded with 18 points for Latvia. Ieva Krastina (176-G-90) had 11 points in a loss.
Latvia will take on Bulgaria later tonight.

Latvia U20: Karline Nimane 18 points, Ieva Krastina 11, Baiba Eglite (174-G-89) 8
France U20: Endene Miyem 18+11 boards, Pauline Jannault 15.

Turkey U20-Germany U20 87:75
Gizem Yavuz (168-G-88) led Turkish national team to win against Germany selection 86-75 in qualifying round for the European Championship U20. Yavuz scored 28 points to win, while Bahar Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) added 22 points. For the opponents Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) finished with 22 pts. Today, July 19th they will playing game against France.

Turkey U20: Gizem Yavuz 28, Bahar Caglar 22, Erdogan 15

Germany U20: Margret Skuballa 22, Gorg 18

Belarus U20 - Greece U20 71:56

Belarusian team finally rebounded after two losses at the start of the qualifying round and handed a 71:56 defeat to Greece. The victory saw them improve to 1-3 record in Group E at the European championship in Sofia.
Belarus was ahead from the start of the encounter and completed the first frame with a 22:20 lead. A 9:0 run midway through the second quarter allowed Belarus to clear off to a 38:28 distance. Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88)'s jumper capped the first half with Belarus in front 40:31.
Greece responded late in the third frame posting an 11:1 run and cutting the gap to a single point 47:48 with under 3 minutes to go in the frame. But eventually it was as far as they managed to get. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) poured in 8 consecutive points midway through the final quarter to lift Belarus to a 63:54 distance and they easily sealed the win at the end.
Viktoria Hasper topscored for Belarus with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich provided another 16 points for the winners. Evangelia Katopodi (188-F/C-87) had 21 points and 9 rebounds for Greece. Anthoula Balta (178-G-87) and Maria Bousnaki (182-G-89) delivered 10 points apiece in a losing effort.
Greece fell to 0-4 record and faces Belgium today. Belarus takes on neighbouring Russia later tonight.

Belarus U20: Viktoria Hasper 24+13 boards, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 16, Volha Vashkevich (188-F/C-88) 7
Greece U20: Evangelia Katopodi 21, Anthoula Balta 10, Maria Bousnaki 10.

   Division B: the end of the Preliminary Round - Jul. 19, 2007
GROUP A
Switzerland U20 - Netherlands U20 50:57

Swiss U20 national team were unable to celebrate a single success in the qualifying round of European championship in Lithuania. In the last encounter in Group A Switzerland were rallied over by Netherlands. Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) converted two free throws to mark a 13:10 advantage of Swiss squad after the opening quarter. However Netherlands capped the second quarter with a 5:0 run and surged in front 30:25 at halftime. Both teams kept it close in the third frame and finished it 39:39. Viola Augugliaro scored a jumper with under 2 minutes left in the fourth frame to make it 50:52. Marie Johanna Hoogstraten then poured in 4 straight points to bring the victory to Netherlands.
Anneloes Kodde (180-F-88) (180-F-88) netted 15 points for Netherlands. Marie Johanna Hoogstraten had 14 points and 9 rebounds in a win. Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87) provided 19 points and 14 rebounds for Switzerland. Viola Augugliaro added 12 points in defeat.
Netherlands had an obvious edge under the rims outrebounding Swiss team 56:35.
Netherlands advanced to the quarterfinal where they meet Montenegro tomorrow. Switzerland will play against Ireland for the 9th-10th spot on July 22.

Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 19+14 boards, Viola Augugliaro 12
Netherlands U20: Anneloes Kodde 15, Marie Johanna Hoogstraten 14.

Great Britain U20 - Portugal U20 66:62

Great Britain U20 team had a successful outing on the last day of the preliminary action at the European championship in Lithuania. They handed in a 66:62 defeat to Portugal and improved to 3-1 record in Group A.
Great Britain marked their dominance early on as they rolled to a 19:11 lead after the opening frame. Portugal used a 9:0 run late in the second quarter to stay at a striking distance at halftime 27:29.
Teams played extra close basketball and only 3 consecutive points from Johannah Leedham (178-G-87) (178-G-87) saved a 43:42 lead for British team. Johannah Leedham nailed 4 points and Lauren Thomas-Johnson (176-G-88) had 5 points in a 9:0 run that lift Great Britain to a safe 58:48 distance with just under 5 minutes to go in the game. They never allowed Portugal to come too close and celebrated another win at the tournament.
Johannah Leedham chipped in 26 points for Great Britain. Lauren Thomas-Johnson delivered another 20 points in a win. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) posted 21 points for Portugal. Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) nailed 13 points in a defeat.
Great Britain outrebounded Portugal 50:45 and shot impressive 53.8% from the field.
Great Britain occupied the second spot in Group A and will face Poland in quarterfinals tomorrow. Portugal finsihed third and will take on Sweden on the same day.

Great Britain U20: Johannah Leedham 26 points, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 20
Portugal U20: Larisse Lima 21, Nadia Tavares 13.

GROUP B
Montenegro U20 - Romania U20 92:59
Montenegro U20 National team faced little problems en route to their 3rd win at the preliminary round of the European championship in Lithuania. In pretty one sided game they crashed Romania 92:59 and sealed the first spot in Group B. They will now face Netherlands in the quarterfinal tomorrow. Romania however had no reasons to worry as despite loss they guaranteed their quarterfinal birth and will fight against hosting Lithuania in tomorrow's quarterfinal.
Montenegro grabbed an early 26:17 lead and extended it to 46:35 at halftime. Montenegrin defence tightened the grip in the second half and limited Romania to just 24 points. At the same time the offensive effort was quite impressive as Montenegro found the right pace and capitalized on numerous Romanian turnovers. Montenegro won the final frame 28:12 and celebrated another stunning win 92:59.
Montenegro had 5 players scoring in double digits. Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) (170-G-89) netted 24 points to lead Montenegro. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) provided 20 points, while Jelena Culafic chipped in 19 points for the winners. Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87) scored 23 points for Romania. Andra Ionescu (189-C-88) had 14 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Montenegro hit solid 61% from the field and 83.3% from free throw line. They also outrebounded Romania 39:34.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 24 points, Jelena Dubljevic 20
Romania U20: Gabriela Marginean 23, Andra Ionescu 14.

Sweden U20 - Ireland U20 50:40
Sweden topped Ireland yesterday to ensure the second spot in Group B of the European championship in Lithuania. The win saw Sweden improve to 3-1 record, while Ireland remained winless at the bottom of the table.
Sweden drove to a narrow lead after the opening frame 11:9. They posted 7:0 run at the start of the second quarter to surge ahead to a 18:9 distance. Kathryn Fahy's 5 points late in the stanza helped ireland to cut the lead to 21:27 at hafltime.
Sweden used a solid shooting accuracy to maintain their lead throughout the third quarter and extended it to 41:25 entering the fourth frame. Ireland faced little opportunities to save this one and they fell short at the end. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) (185-F-87) shone for Sweden with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Frida Aili (178-G-88) and Frida Grahn (184-F-88) contributed 8 points in a win. Ireland responded with 17 points from Rachel Clancy (178-G-88). Kelly Johnston (173-F-87) had 15 rebounds in a defeat. Sweden outrebounded their opponents 49:41. Both teams had a low shooting percentage 28.9% from Sweden and 28.6% from Ireland. At the same time Irish team committed more turnovers 20 to 16 respectively.
Sweden advanced to the quarterfinal where they will fight against Portugal tomorrow. Ireland will play for the 9th-10th spot against Switzerland on July 22.

Sweden U20: Elisabeth Egnell 15+15 boards, Frida Aili 8, Frida Grahn 8
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 17, Kelly Johnston 15.

   Division A: Full coverage of the first Qualifying Day - Jul. 18, 2007
GROUP E

Belgium U20-Russia U20 64:73 (10-17, 9-17, 26-14, 19-25)

Russia U20 which is one of the favorites in Sofia won the first game of the Qualifying Round at the U20 European Championship for Women. Belgium trailed 34:19 at the break and tied at 44:44.
Elena Gogiya (190-F-87, agency: LBM Management) (190-F-87, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 19 points. Mariya Korovkina (178-G-87) posted 13, while Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) added 13. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) top-scored for Belgium with 18 points.

Russia scored first six points in the game and looked more organized than Belgium. The favorites controlled the game and won the first quarter 17:10.
In the second quarter Russia increased the lead and had 10 points advantage after Zhuzhgova hit a free throw (27:17).
Tatiana Yumashina (167-G-87) brought 15 points difference as both teams went to the interims.
In the third quarter Belgium was unrecognizable. The team came back to the game and
Virginie Michiels (179-F-87) tied the score at 44:44. Natalya Myasoedova still kept Russia in front after third, 48:45.
In the last quarter Russia pushed the tempo and won the quarter 25:19. The victory was achieved even though the game was tough.


Belgium U20: Marjorie Carpreaux 18, Marc Virginie Michiels 11
Russia U20: Elena Gogiya 19, Mariya Korovkina 13, Natalya Myasoedova 13

Belarus U20-Spain U20 56:68 (15-15, 23-8, 9-16, 9-29)

After Belarus smashed Hungary we see another team in the tournament. Last night Belarus proved it in the game with the favorite. Belarus was leading 15 points after the half, however could not achieve the win. As a result Spain smashed two next quarters to win 68:56. Patricia Arguello (179-F-87) (179-F-87) led the winners with 25 points. Maria Pina (187-F-87) posted 15, while Laura Gimeno (194-F/C-87) added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) top-scored for the underdogs with 16 points.
Belarus plays better and better and now will still have time to make troubles in the group. The team started with 7-2 run over the favorites of the Championship, Spain. The latter escaped in the first at 15:15. The second quarter was a disaster for Spain as Belarus increased to 15 points lead.
In the third quarter Spain came back into the game and started to reduce. Spain's defence limited Belarus to just two points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter as they went on a 9-2 run cut deficit 49:48. Maria Pina's three-ball gave Spain the lead for good at 54:53 with five minutes remaining. It was not Belarusian time when the favorites led to the end with 68:56.

Belarus U20: Tatsiana Likhtarovich 16, Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) 13
Spain U20: Patricia Arguello 25, Maria Pina 15, Laura Gimeno 9+10 rebs

Serbia U20-Greece U20 78:47 (19-7, 7-17, 32-14, 20-9)

Serbia U20 smashed Greece in the first game of the Qualifying round. With 32:14 in the third the answer for the winner was clear. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) (184-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Zorica Mitov(189-C-87) ended up with 13, while Jovana Rad(187-F/C-87) and Tamara Radocaj(168-G-87) finished with 11 points each. Anastasia Gkotzi (170-G-87) paced the losing effort with 18 points.

With 11:2 and 17:4 Serbia started to ruin Greece. The quarter was finished as Serbia had 19:7 advantage. Greece did not give up so early in the game and after 11:20 returned at 22:22. Anastasia Gkotzi with a jump shot suggested to start the game from the beginning.
In the third quarter Spain benefited at once. After some baskets and the score is 55:35. Serbia kept up the intensity and limited Greece to just seven points over the next nine minutes while they scored 20 to cruise home. Serbia outrebounded Greece 39-25 and achieved the fourth win in the tournament.
Today Serbia will meet Russia as the game will be the key game of the day. Greece will play with Belarus, that plays better and better.

Serbia U20: Adrijana Knezevic 19+7 rebs, Zorica Mitov 13, Jovana Rad 11, Tamara Radocaj 11
Greece U20: Anastasia Gkotzi 18, Evangelia Katopodi(188-F/C-87) 16

GROUP B

Germany U20-Latvia U20 51:52 (13-7, 16-12, 14-14, 8-19)

Latvia U20 grabbed the first win in the Qualifying Round of Group F. The team edged Germany 52:51 with 19-8 in the last quarter. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Aija Putnina (191-F-88) supported her with 17 points. Anna-Christine Gorg (190-F-87) produced a good game for Germany nailing 18 points and making 17 rebounds.

Germany went on a 5-0 lead in the opening tip of the game. The team kept Latvia winless in the first 5 minutes of the first quarter. Germany won the first quarter 13:7 and looked forward to the second. A great team game in the second brought results as Germany increased the score. Birte Thimm (180-F-87) with a jump-shot gave Germany 22:11 lead.
Latvia went on a 10-1 surge to reduce the deficit 44:43 and eventually tied the game at 50:50. When the score was 52:51 for the Baltic team Franziska Hore (171-G-88) missed a jumper with 0.7 seconds on the clock. Latvia celebrated a 52:51 win and improved to 2-1 in the group.

Today Latvia faces France that is 3-0 in the group. Germany will meet Turkey that stays second with 2-1.

Germany U20: Anna-Christine Gorg 18+17 rebs, Romy Bar (187-F-87) 11+10 rebs, Margret Skuballa (185-F-87) 9+11 rebs
Latvia U20: Anete Horelika 20+7 rebs, Aija Putnina 17+9 rebs

Bulgaria U18-Turkey U18 67:68 (27-19, 9-16, 17-15, 14-18)

Bulgaria U20 lost the first game of the Qualifying Round in Sofia. A great start did not allow the hosts to feel comfortable in the rest of the game with Turkey. The latter caught up and bounced back with 18:14 in the last. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) led the winners with 23 points and 19 rebounds, while Melike Bakircioglu (189-F-87) added 18. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) top-scored for Bulgaria with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) netted 11 and Ilieva and Aneta Miteva (181-G-88) produced 8 points each.

Bulgaria felt very optimistic in the opening tip going to 5-0 run. Jaklin Zlatanova made sure her team is on top edging Turkey to 16:3. The latter woke up later in the first and finished with 27:19.
Turkey won the second quarter and closed to the hosts at only 1 points. Sandallioglu's three sent the teams to the interims with 36:35 for Bulgaria.
The game had the familiar strategy in the third quarter as both teams realized the importance of the last. With 36 seconds remaining in the game Turkey was leading 66:63, Lilyana Ilieva's jumper made it a 1 point game. Gulnur Sandallioglu (187-F-87) followed with a layup to put Turkey up three. Ekaterina Dimitrova was fouled and with just two seconds remaining had to shoot two free throws. She scored both of them and let Turkey to finish the game with the ball.

Bulgaria U18: Jaklin Zlatanova 25+11 rebs, Ekaterina Dimitrova 11+8 rebs, Ilieva 8, Aneta Miteva 8
Turkey U18: Bahar Caglar 23+19 rebs, Melike Bakircioglu 18+9 rebs

France U20-Italy U20 61:51 (12-17, 21-8, 16-13, 12-13)

France U20 stays unbeaten in U20 European Championship for Women. In the first game of the Qualifying Round the team overcame Italy 61:51. Traling 12:17 after the first France reinforced and dominated in the court. Jennifer Digbeu (190-F/C-87) (190-F/C-87) led the winners in scoring with 12 points. Laetitia Kamba (186-C-87) added 11 and pulled down 10 rebounds as three other players ended up with 8. Valeria Battisodo (175-G-88) was the only one who reached the double digits scoring 12 points in defeat.

Italy started with 0-3 in the opening tip however bounced back in the end of the quarter. Lia Rebecca Valerio (180-G-87) with a lay-up brought Italians 17:12 lead after first 10 minutes. France hit back and outscored their opponents 21-8 in the second quarter. Italy trailed 33:25 at the half time.
In the third quarter France increased the lead to 11 points. Jannault with a free throw made the score 49:38 for the favorites. The Italians fought hard and gave themselves a chance as they cut the deficit 56:48 with five minutes remaining. France meanwhile did not stop and led the game to 61:51 win.

France U20: Jennifer Digbeu 12, Laetitia Kamba 11+10 rebs
Italy U20: Valeria Battisodo 12, Lia Rebecca Valerio 9

   Division B: Tuesday's results  - Jul. 18, 2007
GROUP A
Switzerland U20 - Great Britain U20 70:80
Switzerland U20 National team remained winless at the European championship in Lithuania. In round 3 of the tournament Swiss team suffered a 70:80 loss to Great Britain. Switzerland enjoyed an early lead as they were in front after the opening frame 16:12.
Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87) netted 10 points in the quarter to pace Swiss squad. She opened the second quarter with another jumper to set the tone for Switzerland and they managed to maintain the advantage throughout the second quarter. However Lauren Thomas-Johnson (176-G-88)'s trey made it a tie game at halftime 35:35.
Thomas-Johnson also capped the third quarter with 3 points to make it 52:50 for British team. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) delivered 5 straight points at the beginning of the final frame to put Great Britain ahead 57:52. She hit another trey later and Lauren Thomas-Johnson added another one to spur to a 65:55 gap with 5 minutes remaining. Switzerland cut the deficit to 4 points 70:74 with 50 seconds left in regulation. But Thomas-Johnson and Naylor were perfect from free throw line to seal the win for Great Britain.
Lauren Thomas-Johnson led all scorers with 26 points. Helen Naylor provided 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) scored team-high 19 points for Swiss team. Marielle Giroud added another 16 points and 11 boards in a losing effort.
Switzerland remained at the bottom of Group A with a 0-3 record. They face Netherlands in the last encounter of the preliminary round. Great Britain improved to 2-1 record and occupy the second spot in the ladder.

Switzerland U20: Viola Augugliaro 19 points, Marielle Giroud 16+11 boards, Fanny Morend (174-F-89) 15
Great Britain U20: Lauren Thomas-Johnson 26, Helen Naylor 17.

Holland U20-Lithuania U20 87:81 (17-23, 12-17, 19-12, 17-13, 7-7, 15-9)

Lithuania U20 gets the first loss in the U20 European Championship. In the fourth game for the team the hosts of the tournament were upset by Holland in two-overtimes thriller. Having 11 points deficit after the first half Lithuania could not keep the score for good. Holland reached the opponents in the last and advantaged in the end. Marie Hoogstraten (175-F-88) (175-F-88) led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Francisca Donders (170-G-89) (170-G-89) chipped in 17 points and made 9 assists, while Anneloes Kodde (180-F-88) posted 13. Sarune Jasiunskaite (188-F-88) had a great game with 19 points and 24 rebounds.

Lithuania had 3 wins and no losses in the tournament they are hosting. Meanwhile Holland lost first two games and stayed winless before the game. It was not a surprise that Lithuania went on a lead as they increased throughout the opening quarter.
In the second quarter Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) gave the hosts 8 points lead (25:17) and then Aglinskaite's free throw brought 11 points. The biggest lead Lithuania had in the beginning of the third as they had 42:29 after Greta Luksyte (178-G-87)'s jump shot.
Holland reduced in the last quarter as Marie Hoogstraten sent the teams to the overtime. The hosts were leading the whole overtime but in the end had to postpone to another one with Greta Luksyte 2 points.
There were no strength for the hosts in the second overtime as Holland won 87:81.

Holland U20: Marie Hoogstraten 22+10 rebs, Francisca Donders 17+9 ast, Anneloes Kodde 13
Lithuania U20: Sarune Jasiunskaite19+24 rebs, Laima Rickeviciute 12

GROUP B

Sweden U20-Montenegro U20 62:58 (20-13, 18-15, 12-15, 12-15)

Sweden U20 changed 0 in Montenegro's losing column beating them 62:58 on Tuesday. Making the 10 points deficit in the first half the Scandinavian team led the game to the happy end. Frida Aili (178-G-88) (178-G-88) paced the winners with 16 points. Frida Grahn (184-F-88) posted 14 points and made 11 rebounds, while Malin Edlund (183-F-88) and Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) added 9. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87)'s effort was not enough in defeat as she poured in 26 points and made 8 rebounds.

Even the first quarter was divided into two parts. In the opening tip of the game Montenegro went on a 8-2 lead after Jelena Culafic (174-G-89) hit a jumper. Sweden controlled the second part of the quarter and won the first 20:13 due to the lay-up by Frida Grahn.
In the second quarter the advantage of the Swedish team was 12 points, however they finished at 38:28. The same ten points difference were on the board in the third quarter, but Jelena Dubljevic reduced in the end to 50:43.
With less than 4 minutes in the game Sweden still had 10 points, but first Aleksic's three and then her lay-up and Jelena Dubljevic jump shto brought 60:57. Sweden stayed cool as Elisabeth Egnell made 62:58 on the board.

Sweden U20: Frida Aili 16, Frida Grahn 14+11 rebs, Malin Edlund 9, Elisabeth Egnell 9
Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 26+8 rebs, Jelena Culafic 17

Romania U20-Poland U20 50:52 (10-11, 11-5, 14-19, 15-17)

Romania lost the second game in the U20 Euriopean Championship in Lithuania. In the third game of the group Romania was defeated by Poland 50:52. A pity loss was mostly taken in the second hakl as Poland won by 7 points. Joanna Zalesiak (173-F-88) led the winners with 12 points. Marta Micula (188-C-87) produced 10 points and made 8 rebounds, while Lidia Kopczyk (171-G-88) added 8. Gabriela Marginean (185-F-87) was the only player for Romanian team who had a double digits scoring 21 points.
It was a good start for Romanian team as they went on a 5-0 run. Unfortunately they could keep the score and after
Lidia Kopczyk's three Poland grabbed 10:11 lead. The second quarter was the most defensive as both teams scored only 16 points together. Gabriela Marginean gave Romania 21:16 after she scored a three ponter with 8 seconds left in the first half.

In the second half Poland came back to the game. The team controlled the quarter and both teams had 35 points before the last 10 minutes of the game. Again Poland led the whole fourth quarter and only
Claudia Pop (185-F-89)'s free throw tied the scote at 50:50 with 47 seconds remaining. With only 1 second left in the game Marta Micula brought the victory for Poland.

Romania U20:
Gabriela Marginean 21, Claudia Pop 9
Poland U20:
Joanna Zalesiak 12, Marta Micula 10+8 rebs, Lidia Kopczyk 8

   Division A: Classification Round  - Jul. 17, 2007 
Classification Round has started today in Sofia of E20 European Championship. Four winless teams will fin out the places between 13 and 16. Ukraine and Czech Republic won the games and now are not considered 'winless' anymore.

Israel U20-Ukraine U20 88:92 OT(16-16, 27-18, 14-25, 16-14, 15-19)

Ukraine U20 celebrated the first win in Sofia at U20 European Championship. In the first Classification game over Israel, Ukraine took an overtime victory 92:88. It was a pleasure to watch the overtime as the teams scored more points in it in comparison with the fourth quarter. Arina Lysyuk was unstoppable for the winners with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Oleksandra Polishchuk posted 20, while Olga Dubrovina added 14. Karin Agassi top-scored for Israel with 23 points and Ekaterina Abramzon produced defensive game with 14 points and 20 rebounds.

Shalom scored first 2 points for israel to give her team the lead of 2-0. The next lead Israeli team saw only in the end of the opening quarter after Ekaterina Abramzon made a lay-up. Arina Lysyuk with a three tied the score after first 10 minutes.
A great second quarter produced Israel in the game as they reached 9 points advantage. A 43:34 sent the teams to the interims. In the third quarter Ukraine came back to the game and even finished the third with 59:57 as Olga Dubrovina hit the jumper.
The fourth quarter was not so reach in the baskets, so the spectators enjoyed the overtime more. In overtime Ukraine led from the first minutes and led the game to its first victory.

Israel U20: Karin Agassi (172-G-88) 23, Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) 14+20 rebs, Liel Ohanon (182-F-88) 14+10 rebs
Ukraine U20:
Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) 21+7 rebs+5 ast, Oleksandra Polishchuk (178-G-87) 20, Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) 14

Hungary U20-Czech Republic U20 61:72 (7-16, 22-14, 16-11, 16-31)

Czech Republic U20 celebrated the first win in U20 European Championship. In the game of two winless teams the Czechs used a 31:16 run to finish with 72:61. Tereza Kuthanova (180-G/F-87) (180-G/F-87) led the winners with 18 points. Adela Vechtova (188-C-87) collected 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Tereza Peckova (187-C-87) added 13. Andrea Vincze (190-C-89) netted 16 points and made 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

A 4-0 run led Czech Republic to control the opening quarter. The team left Hungary in the first 10 winning the first 16:7. Hungary came back to the game after a 10-0 run in the game. Trailing by 15:24 Hungarians overtook with 25:24. Hummlova's free throw lifted Czech Republic to 30:29.
In the second half Hungary won the third quarter 16:11 and had 4 points advantage before the last. In the fourth quarter Czech Republic played as if the team won all the previous games smashing the opponent with 31:16. Czech Republic U20 gets the first win in the Classification Round and stays on top with Ukraine.
Tomorrow is the day off in the Classification Round. On July 19th Czech Republic faces Israel while Hungary will meet Ukraine.

Hungary U20: Andrea Vincze 16+9 rebs, Csilla Fekete (171-G-88) 14, Kata Furtos (174-G-87) 12
Czech Republic U20: Tereza Kuthanova 18, Adela Vechtova 13+12 rebs, Tereza Peckova 13

The rest of the games:
17.07.2007
Israel - Ukraine 88 - 92
Hungary - Czech Republic 61 - 72
19.07.2007
Czech Republic - Israel
Ukraine - Hungary
21.07.2007
Israel - Hungary
Czech Republic - Ukraine

   Division B: Full coverage of day 3 - Jul. 16, 2007
Group A

Lithuania U20 - Great Britain U20 63:57
Lithuanian team stayed unbeaten after the third round of the U20 European championship. They rolled over Great Britain to secure the third straight victory and remained on top of Group A standings.
British team looked super motivated as they opened the game with an impressive 9:1 run to leave the hosts behind. But Lithuania leveled the game at the end of the opening frame to complete it trailing by just a single point 13:14. They took the lead early in teh second quarter after Julita Bungaite drove to the basket for a layup. The teams exchanged the blows throughout the second frame and completed the first half tied at 25.
Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) posted a couple of successful offensive plays to help Lithuania pile up a 45:39 advantage entering the final quarter. Lithuania wisely secured the distance in the final 10 min utes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Laima Rickeviciute produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) netted another 10 points for the home side. Johannah Leedham (178-G-87) notched game-high 25 points for British team. Lauren Thomas-Johnson (176-G-88) had 9 points and 8 rebounds in a losing case.
Lithuania seats on top of Group A and plays against Netherlands in their final encounter of preliminary round. Great Britain fell to 1-1 record and will try to improve versus Switzerland tomorrow.

Lithuania U20: Laima Rickeviciute 17 points, Aurime Rinkeviciute 10, Indre Dudenaite (183-F-88) 9
Great Britain U20: Johannah Leedham 25, Lauren Thomas-Johnson 9

Switzerland U20 - Portugal U20 57:58

Switzerland U20 National team suffered a narrow defeat in their second game of the European championship in Lithuania. They got beaten by Portugal to remain winless in Group A action.
The things looked promising for Swiss side as they earned an early lead 23:16 after the opening frame. Midway through the second quarter Portugal tied the game and used 13:0 run to clear off at halftime 39:29. They actually held Switzerland to just 6 points in the frame which allowed them to grab the initiative. Swiss team revived at the end of the third quarter as they replied with a 10:0 run of their own and drew the game. But Ana Paula Silva (168-G/F-88) converted a late three point attempt to maintain a 45:42 edge for Portuguese team.
Viola Augugliaro hit a jumper with 2 and a half minutes remaining in regulation to put Swiss side ahead 56:55. Judit Jakab (178-F-89) added a free throw with 1 minute and 12 seconds left to make it 57:55 for Switzerland. but it was not the end of this one. Filipa de Freitas (162-G-87) knocked down a long range bomb with 44 seconds on the clock to lift Portugal up 58:57. Viola Augugliaro and Sevrine Chauvin tried to save it for Switzerland but they wasted their attempts.
Ana Paula Silva and Filipa de Freitas led Portugal with 11 points apiece. Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Switzerland were paced by 18 points from Marielle Giroud (180-F/C-87). Judith Weber (178-F-89) added 16 points in a defeat.
Switzerland are at 0-2 record and will next face Great Britain in Group A. Portugal takes on Great Britain the day after tomorrow.

Switzerland U20: Marielle Giroud 18 points, Judith Weber 16, Judit Jakab 7
Portugal U20: Ana Paula Silva 11, Filipa de Freitas 11, Nadia Tavares 10

Group B

Poland U20-Sweden U20 53:49 (14-17, 16-6, 8-16, 15-10)
It was the game that belonged to Sweden, however Poland won it. The Swedish team got the first loss in U20 european Championship losing the game 49:53. Joanna Zalesiak (173-F-88) (173-F-88) led the winners with 25 points. Marta Urbaniak (189-F-87) and Magda Bibrzycka (183-F-88) posted 11 points each. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) top-scored with 20 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sweden scored first 9 points in the game and it seemed that the game should be over. Sweden tied at 14 points each, however Johanna Kallman (172-G-87) with a three led Sweden ahead.
Poland tasted the first lead when Marta Urbaniak made 21:19. Joanna Zalesiak closed the second quarter with 30:23. Sweden came back quickly and even led 1 point after 30 minutes. Both teams came prepared for the last quarter of the game. Sweden however never led the game in the last but three times tied the score. In the end of the game with 50:49 the Swedish team did not have any more strength. As a result Poland won 53:49 and increased to 2-1.

Poland U20: Joanna Zalesiak 25, Marta Urbaniak 11, Magda Bibrzycka 11
Sweden U20: Elisabeth Egnell 20+8 rebs, Johanna Kallman 8


Montenegro U20 - Ireland U20 96:64
Montenegro stormed past Ireland to remain perfect at the U20 European championship in Lithuania. Meanwhile Ireland suffered their third straight loss and fell to the bottom of the standings in Group B. Montenegrin team posted an early 10:2 lead and extended it to 28:11 after the opening frame. Rachel Clancy (178-G-88) tried to revive Irish chances in the second haf but received little support and managed to just cut the lead to 35:47 at halftime.
Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) (192-C-87) chipped in 6 points in the last three minutes of the third quarter to give Montenegro an unassailable 67:48 advantage. Another play from Jelena Dubljevic with 3 minutes left in the game marked a 86:56 dominance of Montenegrin side. They eased to their second win at the tournament.
Jelena Dubljevic and Snezana Aleksic (170-G-89) provided 25 points apiece to pace Montenegro. Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) dropped another 21 points for the winners. Rachel Clancy responded with 24 points for Ireland. Fiona Scally (177-C-87) had 14 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort.
Ireland dominated the boards 45:41 but shot just 29.6% of field goals. They also committed as many as 23 turnovers.
Montenegro improved to 2-0 record and occupies the second spot in Group B ladder. They will next take on Sweden tomorrow. Ireland fell to 0-3 and will seek for their first victory against Sweden on July 18.

Montenegro U20: Jelena Dubljevic 25 points, Snezana Aleksic 25, Maja Milutinovic 21
Ireland U20: Rachel Clancy 24, Fiona Scally 14.

   Division A: The end of the Preliminary round  - Jul. 16, 2007 
Preliminary Round has finished in Division A of European Championship in Sofia. Three teams from each group advanced to the Qualifying Round while the last teams of the group were sent to the Classification.

In Group A Spain won the group beating Greece in the last game 67:47. Maria Pina led the winners in the third game in a row with 18 points.
Russia U20 finished the Preliminary Round with a victory over Israel 94:65. That was the second win for Russia in U20 European Championship for Women. Anna Sokolova (185-F-87) led the winners with 16 points. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) netted 15 and made 8 rebounds, while Valeriya Musina (183-G-87) added 12. Karin Agassi (172-G-88) top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points as Israel ended up at 0-3. It was a fabulous show by the Russia team in the opening quarter as the team nailed 34 points. Olga Petrova started with 9-1 run that followed to such a beginning. In the second quarter Beglova made the score inappropriate at 40:16. Valeriya Musina with a free throw finished the half at 56:28.
In the second Russia stormed in the third quarter with 24:15 to feel comfortable in the end. Israel won the last quarter 14:22 and was sent to the Classification Round.

In the battle of two unbeaten teams in Group B of European Championship Serbia beat Belgium 86:62. With three easy wins in the first three quarters Serbia relaxed and let Belgium to win the last 20:6. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) (180-G-87) led the winners with 22 points to 3-0 in the group. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) and Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) each scored 17 points in the winning effort. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat scoring 13 points.
Sara Leemans posted first two points for Belgium as it was the first and the last lead of the team. Miljana Musovic's three finished the first quarter at 28:20 for the Serbs. The Belgians were outscored 14:6 over the next five minutes and went into the break facing a 49:32 deficit.
The third quarter was a disaster for Belgium as they had 10:31 in it. Serbia controlled the whole quarter and bombed the opponents. Although Belgium answered with 20:6 in the last it did not influence on the winner. Serbia celebrated 86:62 win and stayed undefeated in the tournament.
Belarus smashed Hungary 86:40 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Belarus advanced to the Qualifying Round while sending Hungarians to the Classification Round. Alena Rynkevich (182-F-87) led the winners with 20 points. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G-88) ended up with 17, while Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) netted 13. Nora Kovats (179-G-88) was the only one who reached the double digits in defeat producing 11 points.
Belarus stormed out to a 30:12 lead in the opening quarter. The game was not clear for those who did not know that Belarus lost two previous. Belarus players scored basket after basket and dominated in the court. In the second quarter nothing had changed as Belarus increased to 27 points at the half. Hungary gave up scoring in the third quarter losing the period with 4:17. Meanwhile Belarus proved the stability smashing the opponents in the last, 17:11.
In Group C Latvia overcame Turkey 80:75 as both teams progressed to the qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women. Baiba Eglite (174-G-89) poured in a game-high 23 points for the victors. Italy smashed czech republis 109:73 with 19 points from Valeria Battisodo.

Germany edged Ukraine 81:79 in Group D and advanced to the qualifying round at the U20 European Championship for Women.Germany was leading 80:78, Oksana Kilisova had a chance to tie the game but made just one of two free throws. Lysyuk and team-mate Anna Pokoiova each had a game-high 27 points in defeat. Romy Bar (187-F-87) top-scored with 24 points for the winners, while Margret Skuballa added 23. In another game Bulgaria lost to France 57:64 as Endene Miyem nailed 24 for the winners.

The Qualifying and the Classification Rounds will start tomorrow.

   Druskininkai finishes Division B second day  - Jul. 15, 2007
Great Britain had the first game in Group A yesterday and started the European championship in Lithuania with a win. The team beat Netherlands 69:58. Dutch players were not ready to turn on maximum speed at the start of the game and it cost them a 11:21 deficit after the first frame. Verity Peets's jumper midway through the second quarter allowed Great Britain to clear off to a 35:16 distance. They secured a comfortable lead at halftime 38:24. British team did not give a trace of hope to Netherlands in the third quarter as trey from Netherlands Anneloes Kodde (180-F-88) just sweetened it for them 39:56. Great Britain allowed Netherlands to cut the lead in the final frame but that was as much as they could get. The loss meant Netherlands fell to 0-2 record. Johannah Leedham led all scorers with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Siobhan Prior chipped in 11 points for the winners. Myrthe Beld (175-G-89) replied with 11 points for Netherlands. Jantine Kraak (187-F-89) had 10 points in a defeat. British basketballers dominated the rims outrebounding the opponents 53:41.
In another game of the group the hosts Lithuania overcame Portugal 84:80. Aurime Rinkeviciute led the winners with 16 points.

In Group B Sweden downed Romania 66:47 to get their first win in the tournament. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Poland outscored Irealnd 67:37 as Joanna Zalesiak (173-F-88) nailed 20 points.

Group A
Great Britain-Netherlands 69:58 (21-11 17-13 18-15 13-19)
Portugal-Lithuania 80:84 (22-23 23-15 13-25 22-21)

Group B
Sweden-Romania 66:47 (19-11 13-8 15-19 19-9)
Ireland-Poland 38:67 (4-20 16-12 4-25 14-10)

   Division A: second day - Jul. 15, 2007
Israel U20-Spain U20 80:71 (20-22 5-28 19-20 27-10)
Spain U20 celebrated the second win in U20 European Championship for Women. The second win for Spain, 80:71 was the second loss for Israel. It was again Maria Pina (187-F-87) who led the way for the winners. Spanish squad overwhelmed the opponents in the second quarter with 28:5 win. De La Fuente posted 12 points and made 10 rebounds, while Laura Gimeno (194-F/C-87) ended up with 11. Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) top-scored with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
Spain U20 started in a very good manner taking control from the first minutes. The favorites nailed first 10 points of the game and dominated in the court. Israel meanwhile could reduce already in the end of the first after Ekaterina Abramzon scored 4 points and closed to 20:22.
Spain got off to a flying start and by halftime had a commanding 50:25 lead. That happened after the team stormed with a 28:5 in the second quarter. Israel did not give up and created an 18-5 run to cut the deficit to 75:62. It was the second win for the Spanish squad that will face Greece in the last game of the group.

Spain U20: Maria Pina 21, De La Fuente 12+10 rebs, Laura Gimeno 11
Israel U20: Ekaterina Abramzon 22+12 rebs, Liel Ohanon (182-F-88) 17+9 rebs

Russia U20-Greece U20 75:53 (17-8, 22-18, 24-16, 12-11)
Russia U20 got the first win at the U20 European Championship for Women. Last night the defending champions destroyed Greece 75:53. Russia won all the quarters and looked much better than the opponent. Elena Gogiya (190-F-87) led the winners with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) collected 11 points and made 10 rebounds, while Olga Zhuzhgova (203-C-88) posted 10. Evangelia Katopodi (188-F/C-87) was the best in the losing effort nailing 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Greece U20 had the lead only once in the game after Spyridopoulou nailed a three pointer. The rest of the game belonged to Russia. Musina finished the 17-5 for the Russian team and only Tremkatzi with a three could reduce the score in the first.
Russia increased to 24:12 but Greece scored 5 points in a row to stay close again. Elena Gogiya ended up the half with 39:26 for the Russian squad.
In the second half Russia limited Greece to one point as they went on a 11-1 run to storm to a 50:27 lead. That was not a big deal to lead the game to the first win at the U20 European Championship for Women.

Russia will face Israel tonight in the last game of the first round.

Russia U20: Elena Gogiya 14+7 rebs, Natalya Myasoedova 11+10 rebs, Olga Zhuzhgova 10
Greece U20: Evangelia Katopodi 13+8 rebs, Maria Bousnaki (182-G-89) 10+8 rebs

Hungary U20-Belgium U20 68:76 (17-25 18-19 23-19 10-13)
Belgium U20 celebrated the second straight win in the U20 European Championship for Women. Last night Belgium outscored Hungary 76:68 and went on a 2-0 record. The first quarter was the benefit the winners as they kept the score till the final whistle. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89) finished the game with 13 points and Fannie Vandesteene (176-F-87) and Virginie Michiels (179-F-87) added 10. Kata Furtos (174-G-87) paced Hungary with 22 points.

It was a good start for the winners that luckily did not bring a surprise in the end. Belgium started well and increased the score from every other minute in the opening quarter. Kara made the final score in the first with 25:17.
Having led 55:39 midway through the second quarter, Belgium controlled the whole game. However in the end of the third Emese Szasz (171-G-88) with a three reduced to 62:58. Hungary was able to tie the game at 67:67 with five minutes left to play. Meanwhile Belgium stepped up their defense and went on a 9-1 run to clinch their second straight victory.
Today Belgium will face Serbia for the first place in the group.

Hungary U20: Kata Furtos 22, Emese Szasz 14
Belgium U20: Sara Leemans 17+11 rebs, Jasmina Rosseel 13, Fannie Vandesteene 10, Virginie Michiels 10

Belarus U20-Serbia U20 57:82 (11-19 15-23 11-18 20-22)

Serbia U20 goes straight forward defeating Belarus in the second game of the U20 European Championship for Women. Serbia reaches the second win beating the opponent 82:57. Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) poured in 19 points while also grabbing seven rebounds for the Serbs. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) as usual stayed close and supported with 12 points. Viktoria Hasper (193-C-88) top-scored for Belarus with 19 points and 7 rebounds.
It was an easy win for the Serbs as they dominated in very quarter of the game. Belarus was only once in front after Viktoria Hasper hit a three to gibe 3-1 lead. After 12:11 for the favorites Serbia made a 8-0 run to finish the first at 19:11.
In the second quarter Belarus trailed 17 points twice as the last was with 23:40. When Jovana Rad made the deficit at 30 in the third it was clear that Belarus would be stormed. When the score was 80:55 with a minute to go Likhtarovichmade a lay-up in defeat. Prcic also with a lay-up made the final score on the board. With no hopes for the win Belarus had 21 points in the fourth however finished the game at 57:82.
Tonight Belarus faces Hungary, while Serbia will struggle with Belgium for the top place in the group.

Serbia U20: Jovana Rad 19, Adrijana Knezevic 12
Belarus U20: Viktoria Hasper 19+7 rebs, Alena Novikava (176-G-88) 10

   Sofia opens the doors for Division A - Jul. 14, 2007
U20 European Championship for Women started in Sofia. Sixteen teams are divided into 4 groups with 4 teams in each. Three teams from th groups will advance to the Qualifying round.
In the first day of Group A Russia being the defending champion of the previous U20 European championship lost the opener to Spain 68:72. A great defensive game by the Spanish team in the third quarter brought success. Russia won the second half, however the wins in every quarter were minimum. Russia trailed only 1 points with 30 seconds remaining, but could not reach the Spanish squad. Maria Pina (187-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Patricia Arguello netted 15. Olga Petrova (178-G-88) paced Russia with 15, as Natalya Myasoedova scored 10.
That was the first game in the group and probably one of the most interesting. As it was already mentioned Russia triumphed last time. Spanish team is made up of many players who won the U18 title one year ago, so the game brought lots of interest even before the whistle. In the opening quarter Spain dominated in the court, but finished with only 19:18. The second quarter was poor for Russia as they scored only 8 points. Both teams went for the interims with 32:26 for Spain. The latter kept their noses in front and went into the last stanza leading 51:46. In the last quarter Russia struck with a 9-0 run to reduce at 69:68 with 30 seconds remaining. Maria Pina's three-ball with 15 seconds brought the first win for her team.
Israel U20 lost the opener of the competitions to Greece 54:73. Greece won first three quarters and relaxed in the last. Anthoula Balta (178-G-87) led the winners with 19 points. Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F-87) scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Israel.

In Group B Belgium U20 smashed Belarus with 29:14 in the last quarter to celebrate 68:63 win. Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 but could not stay cool. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) led the winners with 15 points and 10 assists. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) chipped in 13, while Fanny Vandesteene posted 12. Tatsiana Likhtarovich top-scored in the game with 23 points for Belarus.Many players returned from U21 Championship for Belgium. Two best players Marjorie Carpreaux and Sara Leemans were on top to help Belgium to come back. Belarus started with 18:14 in the opening quarter and looked very optimistic in the game. The second quarter was tied at 11 points from both teams that gave still 4-points deficit of the Belarus team. In the third quarter Belarus looked to be in control with a 53:43 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was Marjorie Carpreaux who led the Belgians back as she was unstoppable in the end. She poured in nine points in a 17:6 surge. At that time belgium took a 60:59 lead to finish the game with a bigger advantage.
Serbia U20 grabbed the first win in the U20 European Championship for Women. The first team to be defeated was Hungary with 83:63 win. With 30:12 in the second Serbia led to a happy end. Jovana Rad and Ivana Musovic led the winners with 17 points. Their team mate Knezevic ended up with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kata Furtos top-scored with 16 points in the losing effort. Serbia U18 celebrated the win in the same tournament but for the smaller girls. Now, Serbia U20 will try to have a good participation in Sofia. In the opener of the tournament Hungary started better as they took the first quarter with 24:20. Meanwhile Serbia stormed in the second and smashed the opponent 30:12. That was a great come back and allowed Serbians to control the rest of the game.
Hungary however did not give up and produced a good 14:11 third quarter. Not to have any questions in the end Serbia won the last quarter 22:13 and got the first win in the Championship.
Today Serbia meets Belarus, while Hungary will face Belgium.

Turkey and Italy grabbed the first wins in Group C. Turkey beat Czech Republic 87:80 with 25 points and 15 rebounds from Tereza Peckova. Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) led Italy over Latvia with 26 points. Her team celebrated 71:65 win due to 17:11 in the last quarter.

In Group D Bulgarian National team started victoriously at U20 European championship in Sofia after beating Ukraine 81:69 on the opening day in “Universiada” arena. The girls of Tina Dimitrova snapped off their opponent after the break, when the score was 40:41. Tarbes Zlatanova finished with double figures 25 points and 12 rebounds, Alghero Dimitrova added 18 points, 6 boards and 5 assists.
In another game France overcame Germany 83:65 with 20 points from Melanie Arnaud.

   Division B: welcome to Druskininkai  - Jul. 14, 2007
Division B of U20 European Championship has started in Druskininkai, Lithuania. Five teams in each group will struggle for the Quarterfinals which means that even the 4th place in the group will advance to that stage.
In Group A Lithuania had a successful opening of the home U20 European championship. They overcame Switzerland in Group A action. Indre Dudenaite began the game with a trey and set the tone. The home side played aggressive basketball and definetely surpassed the opponents defensively. Swiss team however was not taken aside and held on to an ealy 14:13 lead after the opening frame. The teams remained close midway through the second quarter when Lithuania started to take off. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90)'s three pointer initiated a 13:1 run and established a 40:26 Lithuania's advantage at halftime.Vitalija Vasciunaite's long jumper continued Lithuania's roll in the second half as they hit 5 unanswered points to enlarge the lead. Switzerland could not scrape through a dense defence and struggled to convert. The gap grew drastically and reached a 53:36 mark entering the final quarter. An 11:1 run at the very start of the final stanza erased any doubts about the winning outcome for the hosts. They allowed the bench to log some minutes and cruised to an overall win.
Aurime Rinkeviciute topscored for Lithuania with 15 points off the bench. Laima Rickeviciute helped her teammate with another 12 points and 10 rebounds. Switzerland were paced by 11 points and 13 rebounds from Marielle Giroud.Sarune Jasiunskaite grabbed 16 boards to maintain Lithuania's dominance under the rims. They outrebounded Switzerland 65:40 and forced them to as many as 24 turnovers.
Portuguese U20 National team was victoriuos in the U20 European championship Division B opener. They had a strong second and third frames to claim a 81:72 win over Netherlands.
Netherlands got to a better start to this one and grabbed an early 15:2 lead. Portugal however closed the opening quarter with a 8:0 run with Nadia Tavares (176-F-88) and Nadia Palongo scoring 4 points apiece. Francisca Donders nailed a trey to start the second frame with but Portugal were on the way back as they posted another 12:0 run and surged ahead 22:18. Both teams kept it close in the second quarter and completed the first half with Portugal leading a single point 36:35. Larisse Lima (177-G/F-88) netted 6 points at the beginning of the third quarter to put Portugal in front 48:39. Lima added two three pointers to lift Portugal to a 61:49 gap entering the final quarter. Netherlands tried to maintain a striking distance and closed the gap to 6 points with 51 seconds left. But Lima's free throw and Catia Lirio's jumper secured a winning outcome for Portuguese team. Larisse Lima produced 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the action for Portugal. Ana Paula Silva contributed 18 points to ensure the victory. Myrthe Beld had 21 points, 5 assists and 6 steals for Netherlands. Francisca Donders had 17 points and 6 rebounds in a loss. Portugal topped Group A and will now face hosting Lithuania today. Netherlands will try to bounce back against Great Britain later tonight.

In Group B Romanian U20 National team succeeded in their first game at the U20 European championship in Division B in Lithuania. They started Group B action with a 71:63 victory over Ireland.
Romania had a shaky start to the game as they trailed 17:23 after the opening frame. Miriam Byrne's straight three pointers lifted Irish team to a 10:3 lead and they held to it throughout the first frame. Rachel Clancy kept Ireland ahead at the start of the second frame but gradually Romania took command. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) ignited Romania's 16:5 run to cap the first half and grab a 37:32 advantage. Rachel Clancy sparked with 12 points in first 5 minutes of the third quarter to regain the lead for Ireland 48:43. Romania returned with the start of the final frame and Elisabeth Pavel nailed a jumper to tie the score 50:50. She later added another two-point attempt to put Romania up 60:53. Kelly Johnston hit from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 59:66 with 1.39 left in regulation. But Romanian players did not allow the opponents to come closer and celebrated a hard-fought win at the end. Gabriela Marginean topscored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Andra Ionescu secured another 15 points for Romania. Rachel Clancy poured in game-high 29 points for Ireland.

Montenegro dominated the first part of the game and deservedly celebrated a 78:67 victory over Poland in the first encounter in Group B of the U20 European championship in Lithuania.
Montenegrin team started the game in Drusininkai confidently and drove to a 20:15 advantage after the starting quarter. They continued to roll in the second frame and posted a 10:1 run to clear off to a safe 30:16 distance. Malgorzata Kudlak (186-F-88) produced a trey at the end of the second quarter to minimize the damage for Polish squad 32:38. But Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) remained perfect offensively to keep Montenegro ahead. She netted 6 consecutive points to put Montenegro ahead 50:43. Snezana Aleksic was accurate from afar and Dubljevic added another jumper to cap the third quarter and secure a 59:47 lead to Montenegrin side. Milica Jovanovic (186-F-89) notched another 5 straight points for an unassailable 66:51 lead. Montenegro eased to a 78:67 victory at the end and climbed on top of Group B standings. Jelena Dubljevic led Montenegro with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Milica Jovanovic provided 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Mirela Pultorak and Mara Urbaniak replied with 10 points apiece for Poland.

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