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Final Standings
 1. France
 2. Spain
 3. Latvia
 4. Russia
 5. Poland
 6. Turkey
 7. Serbia
 8. Germany
 9. Italy
 10. Bulgaria
 11. Sweden
 12. Lithuania
 13. Ukraine
 14. Belarus
 15. Czech Rep.
 16. Montenegro
Points Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Babkina, LAT21.8 
 2. Petronyte, LTU20.6 
 3. Petrovic, SRB20.0 
 4. Aleksic, MNT19.7 
 5. Grishaeva, RUS18.2 
 6. Jovanovic, MNT18.0 
 7. Bogicevic, SRB16.1 
 8. Gumusay, TUR15.8 
 9. Torrens, ESP15.7 
 10. Dabovic, S.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gintare PETRONYTE
  (195-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Petronyte, LTU11.0 
 2. Jovanovic, MNT10.7 
 3. Petrovic, SRB9.4 
 4. Nicholls, ESP8.7 
 5. Turcinovic, MNT8.5 
 6. Halvarsson, SWE8.4 
 7. Grishaeva, RUS8.4 
 8. Miteva, BUL8.3 
 9. Vieru, RUS8.2 
 10. Cata-Chitiga, F.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dabovic, SRB5.7 
 2. Babkina, LAT5.1 
 3. Kashlei, BLR4.5 
 4. Torrens, ESP4.3 
 5. Lysyuk, UKR4.0 
 6. Aleksic, MNT3.7 
 7. Nikolova, BUL3.3 
 8. Petrovic, SRB3.0 
 9. Petronyte, LTU2.9 
 10. Gatti, I.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Agnieszka SKOBEL
  (180-F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Skobel, POL3.3 
 2. Novotna, CZE2.8 
 3. Xargay, ESP2.6 
 4. Striulli, ITA2.5 
 5. Torrens, ESP2.4 
 6. Savelyeva, RUS2.4 
 7. Babkina, LAT2.4 
 8. Sedlakova, CZE2.3 
 9. Ouvina, ESP2.2 
 10. Crippa, I.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Oleksandra PRYSTUPA
  UKR
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Prystupa, UKR3.0 
 2. Petronyte, LTU2.8 
 3. Vieru, RUS1.7 
 4. Grishaeva, RUS1.3 
 5. Jovanovic, MNT1.2 
 6. Kaczmarczyk, POL1.1 
 7. Surkusa, LAT1.1 
 8. Nicholls, ESP1.0 
 9. Miteva, BUL0.9 
 10. Cata-Chitiga, F.0.9 
Qualifying Round
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Serbia 4-1 
 3. Germany 2-3 
 4. Italy 2-3 
 5. Turkey 2-3 
 6. Bulgaria 0-5 
Group F
 1. France 5-0 
 2. Russia 4-1 
 3. Latvia 3-2 
 4. Poland 2-3 
 5. Lithuania 1-4 
 6. Sweden 0-5 
Group G
 1. Ukraine 2-1 
 2. Belarus 2-1 
 3. Czech Rep. 1-2 
 4. Montenegro 1-2 
Preliminary Round
Group A
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Turkey 2-1 
 3. Germany 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 0-3 
Group B
 1. Serbia 3-0 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Bulgaria 1-2 
 4. Montenegro 0-3 
Group C
 1. Latvia 3-0 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. Lithuania 1-2 
 4. Czech Rep. 0-3 
Group D
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Sweden 1-2 
 4. Belarus 0-3

France won EC U20 Div.A Championship (Photo: FIBA)

French National Team 2009
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4 Amel Bouderra (160-G-89) of ASPTT Charleville-Mezieres
5 Virginie Bremont (178-G-89) of Armentieres SO
6 Melanie Plust (173-G-89) of Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut
7 Aline Fischbach (-F) of Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden
8 Jessica Clemencon (-F/C) of Etoile de Voiron Feminin
9 Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre
10 Darline NSoki (181-F-89) of Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden<
11 Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) of Cercle Jean Mace Bourges
12 Marielle Amant (191-C-89) of Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin
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Doriane Tahane (192-C-89) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
14 Carine Brossais (185-F-89) of Reze Nantes Basket 44
15 Audrey Salvi (168-G-89) of Point Chaud Sprimont (BEL)
Head Coach: Alain Jardel

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2009 - Jul 29, 2009

All-EC U20 1st Team 2009
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Best Player:
Alba Torrens (184-F-89) of Spain
Best Guard: Melanie Plust (173-G-89) of France
Best Forward: Alba Torrens (184-F-89) of Spain
Best Center: Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) of Lithuania
Best Coach: Alain Jardel of France

1st Team
PG: Elina Babkina (172-G-89) of Latvia
SG: Melanie Plust (173-G-89) of France
SF: Alba Torrens (184-F-89) of Spain
PF: Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C/F-89) of Russia
C: Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) of Lithuania

2nd Team
SG: Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) of Spain
G/F: Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) of Serbia
SF: Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89) of Poland
PF: Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) of Serbia
C: Marielle Amant (191-C-89) of France

3rd Team
PG: Erika Striulli (171-G-90) of Italy
G: Tatsiana Dashkevich (175-G-89) of Belarus
SF: Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) of Turkey
F/C: Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) of Montenegro
C: Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) of Russia

Honorable Mention
Doriane Tahane (192-C-89) of France
Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) of Spain
Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) of Latvia
Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) of Poland
Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) of Germany
Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) of Bulgaria
Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) of Sweden



Day: 9 (Finals) - Jul. 19, 2009 
FINAL
Spain - France 52-74
France U20 hold off Spanish team 74:52 in the Final game of the U20 European Championship Women to became the best team in the continent. The massive 26-7 in the last period as well as great game by Marielle Amant (191-C-89) led French side to triumph in the tournament. On July 12th Spain U18 triumphed in Division A of the U18 European Championship Women. The Spanish outfit overcame France U18 in the Final game of the undefeated teams. It was the same scenario as both U20 teams advanced to the Final undefeated. France and Spain looked much better than their opponents in Poland and rightfully met each other in the Final Game. Tahane scored first four points for France in the opening tip and Plust gave her team 6:4. Spain woke up immediately in the period and replied with some shots to take the lead. Spain produced a 13-0 run for 23:8 and then closed the period at 23:10. The winner of Group E stayed in front until the last two minutes at the half having 28:24. French side meanwhile closed the frame with 8-0 run for 32:28 halftime advantage. Moreover they added another 4 points in the beginning of the third for 36:28. Bremont with a jump shot gave them 48:45 before the last stanza. Spain did not see the lead until the rest of the game. France was too good in the last 10 minutes and produced 26-7 in the end. Tahane made a lay-up at the end of the game to celebrate the victory with her squad. Marielle Amant was unstoppable with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tahane added 18, while Plust posted 15. Ouvina finished the game with 17 points and Torrens scored 13.

3rd place
Russia - Latvia 75-78
Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) hit a three-pointer with two seconds to go in regulation to give Latvia a hard-fought win over Russia in the consolation final at the U20 European Championship in Poland. Latvia were down by 4 points with under 3 minutes remaining but found the way to win the game. Liene Priede and Liga Surkusa fired back-to-back triples to set Latvia in front 73:71 with 41 seconds left. Natalia Vieru knocked down a jumper to draw things level with 11 seconds on the clock. Elina Babkina and Natalia Vieru then exchanged points and things were knotted up at 75 with 3 seconds remaining. But Liga Surkusa drained a big trey at crunch time to secure a dramatic win for Latvia. Russia were comfortably up by 8 points after ten minutes of action. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter but Vetra, Liene Priede and Elina Babkina narrowed the deficit to 3 points at halftime. Evgeniya Selyanina put on a one-man show in the third quarter scoring 10 points and keeping Russia at helm. They entered the fourth stanza ahead by 8 points and opened up a double-digit lead after a jump shot from Nadezhda Grishaeva. But Latvia surved the challenge and eked out the victory in nail-biting dying seconds. Elina Babkina came up with 22 points and 8 assists for Latvia. Liene Priede added 13 points, while Liga Surkusa notched 12 in the win. Evgeniya Selyanina replied with 25 points for Russia. Natalia Vieru had 22 points and 12 boards in defeat.

5th place
Poland - Turkey 77-71
The hosts of U20 European Championship finish fifth as they beat Turkey U20 in the last game. Poland produced 77:71 to be in top 5 teams of the tournament. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) scored the first two as the fans were glad to see the start of the last game played by the hosts. The lead exchanged several times in the frame as Turkey won the first quarter 17:15. It was again Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk who tied the score at 17:17, but Turkey did not allow the hosts to tasted the lead. Cigil made a lay-up at the end of the second quarter for 33:30 halftime advantage. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk again gave Poland 34:33 and Durak increased to 44:39. After 24-8 in the frame, Poland enjoyed 54:41 lead. Sosnowska scored for 56:46, while Gumusay delivered for 65:54. Antczak posted the last points for Poland and Turkey managed to score four to make the final, 77:71 margin. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Sosnowska notched 17, while Gala chipped in 10. Gumusay ended up with 26 points in defeat, whilst Yapar added 10.

7th place
Germany - Serbia 79-82
Serbia clinched the 7th place at the European Championship that just finished in Poland. The team that hoped for the Gold overcame Germany 82:79 with the only victory without Petrovic. Protzig opened the game for the German side but Serbia took the lead later in the period. In a back-to-back frame Serbians grabbed 18:16 lead when Jovanovic scored for the team. Dietrich tied the game at 18:18, while Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) tasted the advantage with the Germans for 23:22. Jovanovic gave the Serbs 43:41 lead at the halftime. Three times the score was tied in the third period and the last at 55:55. After 24-18 in the quarter Germany became the leader at 65:61 after thirty minutes. They remained in front until the last two minutes, but could not win the game. Bogicevic brought Serbia 76:75 and Jovanovic delivered the final victory. Dabovic paced all the winners with 18 points. Bogicevic delivered 17, while Jovanovic netted 13. Protzig and Svenja Greunke were responsible for 15 points apiece in the losing effort.

9th place
Italy - Bulgaria 92-82
Italy wrapped up their U20 European Championship participation with a comfortable win. They outgunned Bulgarian counterparts to claim the 9th overall spot. Clelia Corsi and Erika Striulli (171-G-90) scored 22 points each to pace the winners. Italy jumped off the blocks to take a 10:3 lead in the early minutes. Nikolova helped Bulgaria to cut the gap and soon her three-pointer gave Bulgaria a 23:20 advantage late in the period. But Gatti and Pavia responded with trebles that ensured a 26:25 lead for Italy at the first break. The teams traded baskets in the second period before Italy went on a 6:0 run to accumulate a 45:36 lead. Clelia Corsi notched 9 points early in the third frame as the Azzurri gained a 15-point advantage. Sabrina Cinili, Erika Striulli and Martina Crippa completed a 30:13 run from Italy in the third quarter as they headed into the final frame ahead by insurmountable 23 points. Daniela Peteva and Hristina Ivanova dragged Bulgaria within 14 midway through the final quarter. Hristina Ivanova sparked hope for Bulgaria as they narrowed the deficit to 9 points. However Sabrina Cinili and Gatti silenced pesky opponents and ensured the victory for Italy. Martina Crippa delivered 14 points in the victory. Hristina Ivanova answered with game-high 30 points. Daniela Peteva had 16 points in the loss.

11th place
Sweden - Lithuania 80-76
Sweden finished their U20 European Championship campaign with victory. They held off Lithuania to clinch the eleventh spot. Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) stepped up for Sweden in the final game notching 24 points and 16 rebounds. Sweden managed to climb back from a 9-point halftime hole to surprise their opponents. Lithuania used a 5:0 run midway through the starting frame to surge in front. They maintained the lead to enter the second quarter ahead by 2 points 20:18. Busaite opened the second stanza with four points in a row as Lithuania started to clear off. Dovile Miliauskaite and Morkunaite gave the Baltic team an 11-point advantage late in the first half. Gintare Petronyte and Nacickaite propelled Lithuania to a 47:33 advantage with just over 2 minutes into the third quarter. But Sweden were able to cut the distance to 7 points at the final break. The Scandinavian team unloaded 10 points in a row to tie things up at 68 midway through the fourth stanza. It all came down to the final minutes when Louice Halvarsson netted 4 free throws and later Nilsson and Maryam Gultekin sealed the deal from the stripe for Sweden. Maryam Gultekin accounted for 22 points in the victory. Beata Gullberg knocked down 9 points for Sweden. Dovile Miliauskaite responded with 19 points for Lithuania. Gintare Petronyte added 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - Jul. 18, 2009 
Group 5-8 places
Turkey - Serbia 72-66
Serbia lost the second straight game at the U20 European Championship. The reason was again the absence of the Serbian star Petrovic that missed the seconds game. Turkey continued Serbian downfall beating them 72:66 in the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) led the way with 20 points as her team will play for the 5th place. Gumusay netted 18, while Canitez notched 15. Dabovic ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Bogicevic added 13.

Poland - Germany 86-66
Poland U20 won the second game of the U20 European Championship in the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The hosts of the tournament overcame Germany 86:66 to face Turkey for the 5th place. Agnieszka Skobel and Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) paced all the winners with 16 points each. Olivia Tomialowicz followed them with 15 points for the win. Svenja Greunke ended up with 19 points and Nadja Protzig posted 12.

SEMIFINALS
Spain - Russia 67-55
Spain entered the Final at the U20 European Championship in Gdynia. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) tallied 17 points, 7 boards, 6 steals and 5 assists to lead Spain past Russia in the second semifinal clash today. Spain set up a mouth-watering title decider against France. Russia will play against Latvia in the consolation final tomorrow. Tamara Abalde finished with 12 points for Spain. Cristina Ouvina and Laura Nicholls had 11 points each for the victors. Nadezhda Grishaeva replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Russia. Evgeniya Selyanina netted 13 points in defeat.

France - Latvia 73-58
France became the first U20 European Championship finalist. They held off pesky Latvia tonight to ensure the championship game ticket. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) stepped up for France with 24 points. Latvia will now try to gain bronze medals in the consolation final tomorrow. Marielle Amant recorded 15 points and 11 boards for France. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga added 11 points, 8 boards and 5 assists in the win. Elina Babkina responded with 19 points and 8 assists for Latvia. Laura Purina notched 8 points in the loss.


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - Jul. 17, 2009 
  Classification Round

Czech Republic - Belarus 46-74
Belarus secured the spot at the European Championship in Division A for the next season. They claimed a decisive victory over Czech Republic in Group G today to escape elimination. A Marian Svoboda team were not that lucky as they would have to fight in Division B in the upcoming year. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) had 15 points and 8 boards for the winners. Tatsiana Khatsko added 13 points, while Sviatlana Valko knocked down 12. Dana Kuslitova responded with 9 points for Czech team. Nikola Tothova netted 8 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Montenegro 63-68
Montenegro U20 overcame Ukraine U20 but it was not enough to secure the Division A spot for the next year. Montenegro U20 celebrated the only 68:63 victory to finish with 1-2 record on the last place. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) notched 21 points for the winners. Jovanovic collected 19 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Turcinovic and Jovovic had 10 each. Rymarenko produced 13 points for Ukraine that finished first with 2-1 record. Dorogobuzova and Prystupa delivered 10 points apiece in defeat.



9-12 places
Italy - Sweden 73-71
Italy and Sweden prepared a thriller in the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) made a lay-up with a foul to clinch 73:71 victory over the Scandinavian team. Martina Crippa scored the last five points for the winners to top-score with 16 points. Pavia ended up with 11 points and Gatti added 9. Hamilton and Johansson were responsible for 14 points each in defeat.

Lithuania - Bulgaria 73-85
Bulgaria U20 overpower Lithuania U20 in the second game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Bulgaria celebrated 85:73 victory over the Baltic side to play for the 9th place in their last game. Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) top-scored for the Bulgarian side with 19 points as they will play for the 9th place. Hristina Ivanova nailed 18, whilst Daniela Peteva notched 15. Gintare Petronyte collected 19 points and 10 boards in the losing effort, while Gabriele Narviciute netted 12.

QUARTERFINALS
Russia - Germany 76-47
Russia easily jumped into the semis of the U20 European Championship. The team overwhelmed Germany 76:47 to become the third team to join Latvia and France. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Grishaeva collected 20 points and 10 boards. Barnert delivered 12 points for the German squad, while Greunke and Trogele scored 8 each.

Spain - Poland 84-55
Spain coasted into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They dismantled Poland to remain in the title quest. Spain will face Russia in the semifinal tomorrow. Poland will play against Germany in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot. Laura Herrera (189-F/C-89) scored 20 points to lead Spain. Marta Xargay had 15 points, while Alba Torrens added 13 points, 9 assists and 9 boards in the win. Agnieszka Skobel notched 18 points for Poland. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk posted 11 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Serbia - Latvia 71-89
Latvian U20 team earned the spot in the semifinals of the European Championship held in Gdynia. They overcame Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal today. Elina Babkina was unstoppable for Latvia with 27 points, 6 assists and 4 boards. Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) scored 26 points and 7 boards for Latvia. Liene Priede added 10 points in the win. Nina Bogicevic answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Milica Paligoric knocked down 12 points in the loss.

France - Turkey 72-49
France entered the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Gdynia. They held off Turkey today to stay in the title race. A trademark defense from the French team doomed their opponents. Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) knocked down 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for France. Marielle Amant added 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Gulsah Gumusay responded with 14 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Bahar Yapar had 10 points in the loss.


Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 15, 2009 
Group E
Italy - Germany 56-77
Germany thumped Italy on the final day of the Qualifying round action at the U20 European Championship. The victory allowed a Julia Gajewski team to earn the spot in the quarterfinals. Italy finished at the fifth spot in Group E just outside the title race. Svenja Greunke scored 17 points to lead Germany. Stina Barnert and Julia Trogele added 13 points each for the winning team. Sabrina Cinili responded with 17 points for Italy. Giulia Gatti had 10 points in the losing effort.

Turkey - Bulgaria 76-50
Turkey U20 advanced to the Quarterfinals U20 European Championship. The team beat Bulgaria U20 in the last day of the Preliminary Round for 2-3 record. Turkey opened the game with 18:8 and improved to 42:16 at the halftime. Bulgaria responded with 18-12 in the third period, while Turkey proved the superiority in the final stanza with 22-16. Aslan made a lay-up for the final 76:50 victory. Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Gumusay added 11. Miteva ended up with 14 points in defeat and Ivanova posted 12.

Serbia - Spain 74-88
Spain U20 wins Group E of the U20 European Championship as in the last game of the Qualifying Round the team overcame Serbia. The latter appeared without Sonja Petrovic who was out with a calf injury and lost 74:88 to finish second. Serbia won the first period 21:10, but lost the second 14-29. Spain added 29-16 in the third and lost only 23-20 the last stanza. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) was unstoppable with 36 points for the winners. Abalde nailed 22, while Herrera posted 13. Dabovic delivered 25 for Serbia, Bogicevic had 16 and Zivanovic posted 12.

Group F
Russia - Lithuania 85-62
Russia U20 sent Lithuania U20 out of 1/4 Finals as the latter dropped to the 5th place in Group F. Russia meanwhile improved to 4-1 record to advance from the second place after 85:62 victory. Russia won all the periods in the game as they started with 19-16 after the opening quarter. Dina Uliyanova (185-F-89) made it 44:30 at the halftime after 25-14 in the second period. There was not a big deal for the Russian team to hold off the opponents as they won the third and the last frames. Grishaeva nailed 16 points for 4-1 record. Izotova netted 12, while Savelyeva scored 10 points. Petronyte collected 21 points and 13 boards, whilst Nacickaite notched 13.

Poland - Sweden 84-79
Poland U20 grabbed the last ticket to the Quartefinals of the U20 European Championship. The hosts of the tournament overcame Sweden U20 84:79 for 2-3 record. Sweden upset the hosts in the opening quarter 26:20, but Poland exploded with 31-13 in the second period as Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) made 51:39 at the halftime. Even though Sweden won the third and the last periods, Poland won the game 84:79. Olivia Tomialowicz paced all the winners with 29 points to advance to 1/4 Finals. Gala collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Skobel netted 16. Halvarsson notched 22 points for the guests, Hamilton Carter posted 15 and Gullberg chipped in 13.

France - Latvia 74-65
France conquered Group F of the U20 European Championship. The top team of the group beat Latvia 74:65 to remain undefeated. Both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals of the tournament. France needed three periods to prove their ambitions for the top places. The favorites had 44:30 at the halftime, while Clemencon made a lay-up for 60:39 after three quarters. The Baltic side won the last period 26-14 to reduce to 74:65 as a total. Fischbach top-scored for the winners with 18 points for 5-0 record. Cata-Chitiga notched 14, while Plust scored 13. Babkina ended up with 21, whilst Nimane had 12.

Group G
Belarus - Montenegro 73-68
Belarus U20 sent Montenegro U20 to Division B as they rolled over them in the Classification Round of U20 European Chamionship. Belarus produced 73:68, however will need another win to remain in Division A. Filonchyk paced all the winners with 25 points for 1-1 record. Adamik netted 13, whilst Dashkevich posted 11. Jovanovic ended up with 18 points and 13 rebounds in defeat as Montenegro dropped to 0-2. Aleksic had 17 and Turcinovic chipped in 15.

Czech Republic - Ukraine 74-88
Ukraine U20 remains in Division A for the next season as the team improved to 2-0 record in the Classification Round of U20 European Championship. The team overcame Czech Republic U20 88:74 for 2-0 record, while the latter is tied at 1-1. Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Rymarenko nailed 16, while Prystupa collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Pochobradska ended up with 19 points in defeat and Kodouskova scored 13.


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 14, 2009 
Group E
Spain - Italy 75-59
Spain U20 stay perfect in the U20 European Championship Women. In the second game of the Qualifying Round the favorites edged Italy 75:49 for 4-0 record. Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) paced all the winners with 14 points to remain undefeated. Torrens collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Abalde netted 12. Striulli responded with 19 points in defeat and Crippa added 9.

Turkey - Serbia 67-72
Serbia survived a thriller against Turkey to remain undefeated at the U20 European Championship Women Qualifying Round in Gdynia. The favorites improved to 4-0 record to find out the winner of the group with Spain in the last day of the Qualifying Round. Serbia trailed 13-23 in the opening quarter but rearranged and beat Turkey 72:67.Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) this time top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Petrovic collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Zivanovic netted 10. Saylar finished the night with 19 points and Canitez notched 14 in defeat.

Bulgaria - Germany 71-87
Germany U20 took the first victory in the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in Division A. The team overcame Bulgaria U20 87:71 in the first game on Tuesday. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Trogele nailed 18, while Protzig scored 11. Peteva delivered 23 for Bulgaria that dropped to 0-4. Ivanova netted 17, whilst Nikolova added 16.

Group F
Poland - France 56-65
France secured the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. They held off Polish counterparts in the Qualifying Round Group F. France remained on top of the pool with 4-0 record. Poland slipped at 1-3 record in the fifth position. Marielle Amant (191-C-89) scored 19 points to pace France. Isis Arrondo added 12 points, while Doriane Tahane and Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga had 8 points for the winners. Magda Kaczmarska responded with 13 points for Poland. Klaudia Sosnowska finished with 10 points in the losing effort.

Sweden - Lithuania 66-75
Rasa Kreivyte's team keep their chances alive for the Quarter-Finals of the U20 European Championship. Lithuania U20 outscored Sweden U20 75:66 to improve to 1-3 record. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) paced all the winners with 22 points and 13 boards. Nacickaite notched 18 and Narviciute added 13. Halvarsson collected 18 points and 14 rebounds as Sweden fell at 0-4. Hamilton Carter had 13 points and 11 caroms and Yderstrom posted 11.

Latvia - Russia 65-71
Russia U20 beat Latvia U20 to tie both records at 3-1 in Poland. Russia celebrated a 71:65 victory in Group F of the U20 European Championship. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) paced all the winners with 21 points for 3-1 record. Selyanina nailed 15, while Pavlova posted 13. Babkina finished the game with 21 points and Steinberga added 16.


Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - Jul. 13, 2009 
Group E
Italy - Turkey 50-47
Italy U20 beat Turkey U20 for 2-1 record in Group E of the U20 European Championship in Division A. Italian side produced a defensive style for 50:47 victory. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) paced all the winners with 12 points, while Gatti added 11. Corsi and Cinili finished the game with 10 points apiece in a win. Yapar ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Saylar scored 10.

Bulgaria - Spain 38-89
Spanish U20 National Team continued their unbeaten run at the European Championship in Poland. They dismantled Bulgaria at the start of the Qualifying Round in Group E. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) scored 16 points to pace Spain. Celia Menendez added 15 points, while Tamara Abalde and Marta Tudanca had 14 points apiece for the winners. Mihaela Dilova responded with 7 points for Bulgaria. Stefka Miteva netted 6 points in the losing effort.

Germany - Serbia 58-81
Serbia U20 improved to 3-0 record at the U20 European Championship Women Qualifying Round, The favorites overcame Germany U20 81:58 to send them to 0-3 record in Group E. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points for a perfect record. Dabovic nailed 18, while Bogicevic netted 12. Trogele ended up with 9 points and Grigoleit had 8.

Group F
Russia - Poland 69-57
Russia beat Poland in the opener of Group F to take 2-1 record in Gdynia. Russia got a successful start the U20 European Championship Women Qualifying Round with an all-important victory. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) led the way with 18 points and Pavlova notched 14. Vieru delivered 9 points for the guests. Gala and Skobel ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.

Sweden - Latvia 70-89
Latvian U20 National Team grabbed the fourth straight win at the European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. Today they toppled Sweden to improve at 3-0 record in the Qualifying Group F. Sweden slipped at 0-3 record in the pool. Elina Babkina finished with 24 points for Latvia. Karline Nimane added 13 points, 6 boards and 3 assists, while Diana Ozolina had 9 in the win. Martina Staalvant and Danielle Hamilton Carter delivered 12 points each for Sweden. Ajnur Bilibani knocked down 11 points in the loss.

Lithuania - France 57-77
France U20 overpower the Baltic State in Group E in Poland. The team outscored Lithuania U20 77:57 at the U20 European Championship Women Qualifying Round. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Nsoki nailed 13. Brossais and Fischbach followed them with 10 points apiece. Petronyte produced 21 points and 10 boards in the losing effort. Miliauskaite nailed 9, while Nacickaite notched 8 for the team that dropped to 0-3.

Group G
Montenegro - Czech Republic 58-68
Czech Republic U20 won the first game at the U20 European Championship in Division A today. The team overcame Montenegro U20 68:58 in the Classification Round opener. Klara Pochobradska (188-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, Kuslitova had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ovsikova added 15. Aleksic shined for the opposite team with 21 points, while Turcinovic collected 13 points and 11 boards. Jovanovic and Jovovic brought their team 12 points apiece.

Ukraine - Belarus 98-72
Samburska and Dorogobuzova pull Ukraine U20 over Belarus U20 in the first game of the Classification Round in Gdynia. Ukraine registered the first 98:72 victory at the U20 European Championship in Division A. Samburska top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Dorogobuzova collected 27 points and 10 rebounds. Iagupova and Bovykina had 11 points apiece as Ukraine took 1-0 record. Khatsko finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort, while Dashkevich and Zubrytskaya posted 11 each.


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 11, 2009 
Group A
Germany - Spain 44-80
Spain U20 became too good for three other teams in Group A of U20 European Championship in Poland. The favorites outscored Germany in the last game of the Preliminary Round 80:44 to take 3-0 record. Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, Menendez had 15 and Herrera added 11. Greunke ended up with 11 points in the losing case, while Barnert posted 10.

Turkey - Ukraine 70-59
Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Ukraine at the U20 European Championship in Poland. In the game between two winless teams Turkey grabbed 70:59 victory for 1-2 record. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) paced all the winners with 25 points, while Canitez had 19 points and 10 boards. Yapar netted 11 in the winning effort, while Prystupa top-scored for Ukraine with 15 points. Bovykina delivered 12 and Lysyuk scored 11 points.

Group B
Bulgaria - Italy 56-79
Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team finished Group B with 2-1 record after the win over Bulgaria U20 79:56. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) paced all the winners with 29 points for 2-1 record. Striulli nailed 16, while Gatti posted 9. Peteva chipped in 11 points in defeat and Yancheva scored 10.

Montenegro - Serbia 83-89
Serbia won Group B of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team remanined perfect after 89:83 over Montenegro U20 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) was unstoppable with 33 points and 11 rebounds for the perfect record. Dabovic nailed 20, while Bogicevic netted 15. Aleksic erupted with 38 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort. Jovanovic chipped in 19 and Turcinovic had 10.

Group C
Latvia - Poland 86-69
Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship in Gdynia and remained undefeated. The Baltic side overcame Poland 86:69 to take 3-0 record in the tournament. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) exploded with 32 points for the winners. Steinberga collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Ozolina and Surkusa had 10 each. Skobel chipped in 18 points in defeat, Kaczmarczyk posted 18 and Gala notched 14.

Lithuania - Czech Republic 69-57
Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round as the team outscored Czech Republic U20 69:57. The Baltic team improved to 1-2 record at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) shined with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Miliauskaite collected 11 points and 10 boards, while Narviciute posted 10. Zatloukalova ended up with 10 points in the losing case and Pochobradska netted 9.

Group D
Sweden - France 60-70
France U20 celebrated the third win in Group D to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The team outscored Sweden 70:60 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) produced 11 points to lead all the winners. Amant, Fischbach and Cata-Chitiga had 9 points apiece for the win. Yderstrom finished the game with 21 points, while Nilsson notched 9.

Belarus - Russia 63-96
Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D to advance to the Qualifying Round. Russia registered 96:63 victory to take 2-1 record. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) led the way with 22 points, Selyanina posted 17, while Vieru had 12. Dashkevich and Khatsko scored 12 points each in defeat. Zubrytskaya netted 11 as Belarus finished the group with 0-3 record.


Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 10, 2009 
Group A
Spain - Ukraine 85-48
Spain U20 march to 2-0 in Group A after an easy win over Ukraine U20 at the U20 European Championship Women Division A. The favorites smashed the Ukrainian side 85:48 in Group A second game. Tamara Abalde (188-G-89) and Torrens top-scored for the winners with 16 points apiece. Herrera ended up with 13 points and Bahi as well as Ouvina notched 9. Ievtushenko finished the game with 13 points in defeat and Samburska poured in 8. Spain will now play Germany, while Ukraine will face Turkey with everything on the line.

Germany - Turkey 59-69
Turkey U20 ties the record with the German side at the U20 European Championship Women Division A . The team produced 69:59 as both of them are tied at 1-1 in Group A. Canitez collected 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) nailed 16, while Gumusay posted 15. Trogele ended up with 10 points in the losing effort and Greunke added 9.

Group B
Montenegro - Bulgaria 46-67
Bulgarian U20 National Team posted the initial victory at the European Championship in Gdynia, Poland. Today they prevailed against Montenegro in preliminary Group B. Daniela Daniela Peteva scored 20 points as Bulgaria improved at 1-1 record in the table. Montenegro in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record. Hristina Ivanova delivered 18 points for Bulgaria. Stefka Miteva (190-C-89) produced 15 points and 15 boards for the winners. Milica Jovanovic had 14 points and 9 boards for Montenegro. Biljana Turcinovic had 12 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Serbia - Italy 68-48
Serbia U20 proved the ambitions for the top positions of the U20 European Championship Women Division A. The favorites outscored Italian side 68:48 in Gdynia. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 caroms, while Petrovic collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Picotti ended up with 9 points in defeat and Bestagno had 8.

Group C
Poland - Czech Republic 76-59
Poland celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship Women Division A. The hosts of the tournament beat Czech Republic U20 76:59 in Gdynia.Gala was responsible with 21 points for 2-0 record. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) finished the game with 13, whilst Durak notched 12. Novotna posted 15, whilst Sedlakova and Kuslitova had 9 apiece.

Latvia - Lithuania 85-69
Latvia U20 produced the second straight victory to advance to the next round even with one game remaining. The team overcame another Baltic representative, Lithuania 85:69 at the U20 European Championship Women Division A. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) and Surkusa top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ozolina added 11. Kontautaite and Nacickaite ended up with 10 points in the losing case.

Group D
Belarus - Sweden 70-72
Swedish U20 National Team stayed alive in their quest for the European glory. They came from behind in the final seconds against Belarus to claim the first victory at the preliminary Group D. Sweden improved at 1-1 record, while Belarus slipped at 0-2 after the loss. Beata Gullberg (175-G-90) knocked down 16 points and collected 6 boards to lead Sweden. Danielle Hamilton Carter added 15 points in the win. Tatsiana Dashkevich had 23 points for Belarus. Katsiaryna Kashlei tallied 17 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the loss.

Russia - France 40-70
Russia and France were the top two teams and the finalists of the previous year in U20 European Championship. In 2008 Russian U20 National Team celebrated their 4th European Championship title in eight years. They defeated France 67:58 in the dramatic Final in Italy to take the crown. Russia did not lose a single game en route to the title and deservedly earned Gold medals. Today the scenario was too complicated for the defending champions and they could not even show good game. France destroyed the Russian defense and won the game 70:40 In Group D of U20 European Championship.Aline Fischbach (-F) led the way with 14 points for the winners as the remained undefeated. Plust notched 11, whilst Amant netted 9. Grishaeva ended up with 14 points and 10 boards, while Vieru netted 6.


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - Jul. 9, 2009 
Group A
Turkey - Spain 50-76
Spain U20 won the opener of the U20 European Championship Women Division A that just started in Poland. The victory in all the quarters brought the Spanish squad 76:50 victory over Turkey U20. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 13 points, Abalde nailed 11 and Nicholls collected 9 points and 11 boards. Canitez delivered 12 in defeat, while Yapar posted 11. Gumusay ended up with 10 points as Turkey is 0-1 in the group.

Ukraine - Germany 70-74
Germany U20 celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship Women Division A that opened the doors in Poland. The German side won a thriller against Ukraine U20 74:70 for 1-0 record. Greunke top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Barnert chipped in 14, whilst Julia Trogele (185-G/F-89) posted 11. Samburska erupted with 22 points for Ukraine and Bovykina scored 16.

Group B
Bulgaria - Serbia 48-91
A Junior Dream Team named Serbia U20 won the opener of U20 European Championship Women Division A that just started in Gdynia. Serbia U20 smashed Bulgaria U20 91:48 for the first victory. Petrovic and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) paced all the winners with 14 points apiece. Dusanic, Bogicevic and Nevena Jovanovic posted 12 points each in a win. Ivanova ended up with 11 points in defeat, whilst Miteva scored 8.

Italy - Montenegro 91-64
Italy U20 won their first game over Montenegro at the U20 European Championship Women Division A. The Italian team outscored the opponents 91:64 for 1-0 record. Erika Striulli (171-G-90) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cinili notched 11. Gatti and Pavia chipped in 10 points each for the first victory. Jovanovic paced all the Montenegrin team with 26 points and 8 rebounds,. Aleksic nailed 15, whilst Turcinovic posted 11.

Group C
Lithuania - Poland 70-73
Poland U20, being the hosts of the U20 European Championship Women Division A that just started in Gdynia. The team beat Lithuania U20 73:70 in Group C opener. Durak chipped in 16 points for the winners. Gala nailed 15, whilst Kaczmarczyk nailed 14. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) shined for the Baltic team with 33 points and 13 caroms, while Narviciute and Morkunaite had 10 apiece.

Czech Republic - Latvia 53-67
Latvia celebrated the first victory at the start their European Championship quest. The Baltic side won over Czech Republic U20 67:53 in Poland. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 16 points for 1-0 record. Eglite netted 14, while Surkusa netted 9. Novotna finished the night with 9 points in the losing case and Sedlakova nailed 8.

Group D
Sweden - Russia 43-81
Russia, being the defending champions of U20 European Championship Women Division A easily won the first game in Poland. The favorites smashed Sweden U20 81:43. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) and Selyanina paced all the winners with 16 points, while Grishaeva netted 15. Smith, Gultekin and Johansson scored 6 points each in the losing effort.

France - Belarus 87-55
France U20 did not have many troubles in the opener of U20 European Championship Women Division A. The team overcame Belarus U20 87:55 in Group D. Doriane Tahane (192-C-89) ended up with 16 points for the winners and Amant nailed 15. Plust chipped in 12 for the winners as France also won the battle of the boards by the count of 55 to 30. Dashkevich finished the night with 14 points and Valko posted 9. Sweden face Belarus tomorrow while Russia go up against France.
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