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Final Standings
 1. Russia
 2. Spain
 3. Latvia
 4. France
 5. Ukraine
 6. Lithuania
 7. Turkey
 8. Serbia
 9. Poland
 10. Holland
 11. Belarus
 12. Italy
 13. Romania
 14. Germany
 15. Sweden
 16 Bulgaria
Points Per Game
 Marina SOLOPOVA
  (180-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. Solopova, LTU21.0 
 2. Malashenko, UKR17.8 
 3. Iagupova, UKR17.6 
 4. Niedola, LAT16.9 
 5. Bigica, ROM15.6 
 6. Shilova, RUS15.2 
 7. Hamilton Car., SWE15.1 
 8. Maznichenko, UKR14.2 
 9. Klein, NED14.0 
 10. Xargay Casad., ESP13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Paugaite, LTU11.4 
 2. Canitez, TUR9.9 
 3. Malashenko, UKR9.6 
 4. Niedola, LAT9.4 
 5. Iagupova, UKR8.7 
 6. Manta, ROM8.6 
 7. Misiuk, POL8.6 
 8. Pavel, ROM7.7 
 9. Krnjic, SRB7.7 
 10. Filonchyk, BLR7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Iagupova, UKR5.9 
 2. Popovic, SRB4.0 
 3. Ouvina, ESP3.8 
 4. Xargay Casad., ESP3.7 
 5. Solopova, LTU3.6 
 6. Klintsone, LAT3.4 
 7. Logunova, RUS3.2 
 8. Saylar, TUR3.0 
 9. Priede, LAT2.9 
 10. Bestagno, ITA2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Iagupova, UKR3.1 
 2. Solopova, LTU2.5 
 3. Ouvina, ESP2.4 
 4. Tchatchouang, FRA2.2 
 5. Bruns, GER2.1 
 6. Yderstrom, SWE2.0 
 7. Klein, NED2.0 
 8. Niedola, LAT2.0 
 9. Bigica, ROM2.0 
 10. Ostroukhova, RUS1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paugaite, LTU2.3 
 2. Malashenko, UKR1.6 
 3. Filonchyk, BLR1.4 
 4. Manta, ROM1.4 
 5. Gastaminza G., ESP1.4 
 6. Ivashchanka, BLR1.3 
 7. Petrushina, RUS1.3 
 8. Tchatchouang, FRA1.2 
 9. Iagupova, UKR1.2 
 10. Paskalenko, RUS1.2 
Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
 1. Russia 4-1 
 2. Latvia 4-1 
 3. France 3-2 
 4. Ukraine 2-3 
 5. Poland 1-4 
 6. Holland 1-4 
Group F
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Lithuania 3-2 
 3. Turkey 3-2 
 4. Serbia 3-2 
 5. Belarus 1-4 
 6. Italy 0-5 
Group G
 1. Romania 3-0 
 2. Germany 2-1 
 3. Sweden 1-2 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. Holland 1-2 
 4. Bulgaria 0-3 
Group B
 1. Latvia 2-1 
 2. Russia 2-1 
 3. Sweden 1-2 
 4. Ukraine 1-2 
Group C
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Serbia 2-1 
 3. Italy 1-2 
 4. Germany 0-3 
Group D
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Lithuania 2-1 
 3. Belarus 1-2 
 4. Romania 0-3 


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


Russia U20 2010
#s#
Anna Ostroukhova
Ostroukhova
Tatiana Petrushina
Petrushina
Anastasiya Shilova
Shilova
Anastasia Logunova
Logunova
Anastasiya Loginova
Loginova
#e#5
4 Yana Panevina 91
5 Anna Ostroukhova 170-G-90
6 Yulia Klimenko 185-C-90 Politeh Basket Ukraine
7 Tatiana Petrushina 185-F-90 UMMC Russia
8 Ekaterina Kiryanova 179-F/G-90 Krasnoyan. Russia
9 Alisa Zlyvko 182-G-90 Dynamo-2 K. Russia
10 Anastasiya Shilova 185-F-91 Krasnoyan. Russia
11 Anastasia Logunova 188-C-90 Dynamo M. Russia
12 Veronika Dorosheva 188-F-91 Dynamo M. Russia
13 Alexandra Tarasova 192-C-91 Nadezhda O. Russia
14 Anastasiya Loginova 190-C-90 Spartak M. Russia
15 Liubov Paskalenko 203-C-90 Spartak SP Russia

Dmitry Donskov Head Coach UMMC Russia
Irina Minkh Assistant


All-Tournament 1st Team (Photo: FIBA)


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2010 - Jul. 25, 2010 

All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Anastasia Logunova
Logunova
Marta Xargay Casademont
Xargay
Alina Iagupova
Iagupova
Anastasiya Shilova
Shilova
Sabine Niedola
Niedola
#e#5

MVP: Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) Russia
Best Guard: Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) Spain
Best Forward: Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) France
Best Center: Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) Russia
Best Defensive Player: Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) Lithuania
Best Coach: Dmitry Donskov Russia

1st Team
G: Marta Xargay Casademont (180-90) Spain
G: Alina Iagupova (179-92) Ukraine
F: Anastasiya Shilova (185-91) Russia
F: Sabine Niedola (184-91) France
C: Anastasia Logunova (188-90) Russia

2nd Team
G: Cristina Ouvina (173-90) Spain
G/F: Marina Solopova (180-90) Lithuania
F: Olesia Malashenko (188-91) France
F: Tatiana Petrushina (185-90) Russia
C: Giedre Paugaite (192-90) Lithuania

3rd Team
G: Anete Klintsone (175-90)
F: Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-91) Spain
F: Diandra Tchatchouang (191-91) France
F: Kristine Vitola (193-91)
C: Sara Krnjic (193-91) Hungary

Honorable Mention
Leonor Rodriguez Manso (178-G-91) Spain
Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) Belarus
Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) Italy
Margaux Okou-Zouzouo (185-G-91) France
Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) Ukraine
Tugce Canitez (188-F-90)
Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89)
Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) Romania


Division A: Russia grabs the Gold in heartbreaking thriller against Spain  - Jul. 25, 2010 
FINAL
Russia - Spain 75-74
Russia celebrated in thriller against Spain to win the Gold medal in Liepaja. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) was a key player for Russia with 21 points and 7 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. On the other side, Spain got 24 points and 8 boards from Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90). The Silver medal belongs to them.

Places 3-4
France - Latvia 49-53
The host of this event managed to end it as No.3 winning the Bronze. They outsmarted France this afternoon 49-53. Anete Steinberga (188-F-90) top-scored for Latvia with 14 points and she grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) replied with 11 points and 13 boards, but her country stayed without the medal.

Places 5-6
Lithuania - Ukraine 64-82
Fifth place in Liepaja belongs to Ukraine, who was too strong for Lithuania today 64-82. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) exploded with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists reaching the valuation 30. Lina Pikciute (192-F-90) collected 14 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Places 7-8
Serbia - Turkey 46-68
Turkey is No.7 and Serbia the eighth ranked team at this event. Burcu Cigil (185-F-90) and Safiye Karaman (180-F-91) came up with 13 points each in victory. Serbia got 8 points from Sandra Boskovic (171-F-91).

Places 13-16
Romania - Germany 68-75
Desite this loss, Romania finished as No.13 at this event, while Germany is No.14. Both countries survived in Division A. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) led the winners with 13 points. Romania got 14 from Gabriela Munteanu (177-F-88).

Sweden - Bulgaria 80-51
Sweden was too strong for Bulgaria, but both teams faced with relegation from Division A. No.15 Sweden got 20 points and 9 rebounds from Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville). Aleksandra Kancheva (182-F-90) scored 11 pts for the last ranked Bulgaria.



Division A: Russia and Spain to fight for the Gold in Liepaja  - Jul. 24, 2010 

SEMIFINALS


Russia - France 81-65

Russia advanced to the Big Final in Liepaja after they outplayed France 81-65 in the Semis. Anna Ostroukhova (170-G-90) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) also was great as she added 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) helped with 15 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in this meeting. Margaux Okou Zouzouo (183-F-91) replied with 18 pts in loss. Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) and Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) netted 11 points each. Russia will meet Spain in the battle for Gold, while France will take on Latvia for third place. Russia did a great job in the first quarter making 21-13 lead. They continued in the same rhythm after that, so Anna Ostroukhova and her teammates jumped to big 39-25 at the halftime. France was not able to resist against strong Russia and faced with another bad period after the breather. Russia finished Q3 with 26-20 and question about the winner was resolved. Last ten minutes were just the formality so later Russia celebrated 81-65 victory and a passage to the Big Final in Liepaja. Final game is scheduled for Sunday at 20:45h.

Latvia - Spain 52-56
Spain eliminated the host of this championship and will meet Russia in the Big Final. Latvia will play for Bronze against France. Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-F-91) stepped up for Spain with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) also scored 13, but to go with 5 boards. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (178-G-91) helped with 12 points and 9 rebounds. In Latvia, Anete Steinberga (188-F-90) collected 16 points and 5 boards. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) this time stopped on 14 points and 11 rebs. Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that Latvia made 17-8 in the first ten minutes and Spain replied with 7-15 in Q2. Latvia exploded once again after the breather finishing the third frame with 17-9 for 41-32 lead. The hosts were on the right way to victory at that time, but Spain didn't give up. Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza and her teammates opened the last quarter with impressive 5-17 run. They jumped to 50-55 with 34 seconds to go and Latvia was in deep trouble. Sabine Niedola scored a jump shot, after that Cristina Ouvina closed this game with a free throw for the final 52-56 victory and a spot for the Big Final.

Places 5-8
Serbia - Lithuania 59-63
Lithuania made the first step forward to fifth place in Liepaja. In order to do that, Lithuania will have to beat Ukraine on Sunday. On the other side, Serbia will meet Turkey in the battle for position No.7. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) shined for the winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) followed her with 18 points. These two players were the only ones with double-digits in scoring in this victory. In Serbia, Sanja Orozovic (184-G-90) delivered 17 points. Jelena Jovanovic (184-F-90) (5 rebs) and Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) (7 rebs) netted 16 and 14 points respectively. This game is decided in the finish. Before that, Serbia made 15-13 in the first, while Lithuania answered with 14-19 in the second frame. Third period once again belonged to Serbia, who cut the margin to 45-46 with one quarter to left. Giedre Paugaite exploded at the beginning of the crucial period making 0-9 run for plus 10 with 7:34 to go. Serbia didn't give up and mostly owing to Sara Krnjic came to 53-55 and later to 56-57. Lithuania did not panic and managed to close this game with mini 3-6 run for the final 59-63 victory.

Turkey - Ukraine 55-74
Ukraine destroyed Turkey in the last quarter making a first step forward to fifth place in Liepaja. Their rival in the last day of the competition will be Lithuania. Turkey on the other side will play against Serbia for seventh place. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) exploded in this victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. She was the MVP with valuation 33. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also was great adding 16 points and 8 boards, while Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) added 11 pts and 5 boards. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) helped Ukraine with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Damla Gezgin (172-G-90) delivered 11 points. She was the only Turkish player with double-digits in scoring in this game. Turkey opened the game with 16-13 lead. They were slightly better in the second frame as well jumping to 34-29 HT lead. Ukraine woke up after the breather and made 53-52 turn after 30 minutes of play. Than something extraordinary happened. Ukraine intensified defense and stopped Turkey to just 2 points for the entire last quarter. Karatas was the player who scored that basket for Turkey in the last ten minutes. Ukraine was great on the other side netting 22 for comfortable 55-74 victory at the end.

Places 9-10
Poland - Holland 61-50
Poland finished as the ninth ranked team in Liepaja. They managed to beat Holland in the last day of the competition and to finish at this spot. Of course, Holland is No.10. Martyna Cebulska (168-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) had 15 points and 5 boards, while Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Maaike Klein (177-G-90) delivered 17 points and she was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) had 8 points and 8 boards. Poland opened the game better making 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes. After that, Martyna Cebulska and her teammates improved even more and took full control on their rivals. Poland drained 22 points in the second frame, while stopping Holland to 12. It means that Poland held nice 39-26 lead at the halftime. Nothing has changed after that as Holland was not able to resist. Poland ended Q3 with 13-6 and everything was already clear. In the last ten minutes, Holland cut the margin for nine points and that was all.

Places 11-12
Italy - Belarus 72-91
It was a game for 11th place in Liepaja. Belarus was too strong for Italy and grabbed this spot. Their leading player was Katsiaryna Kashlei (166-G-90) with 24 points and 5 assists. Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya (172-G-90) had 15, while Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) was the fourth scorer in victory with 10 points (5 as). In Italy, Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) delivered 17 points. Giulia Rulli (185-F-91) followed her with 10. Belarus did a great job in second and third quarter. Before that, Italy created 19-16 in the first ten minutes. Belarus replied with 19-23 in the next period for 38-39 lead at the half time. Than after the breather, Belarus smashed their rival. Katsiaryna Kashlei was on fire and together with her teammates destroyed Italy 12-28. They were huge 50-67 up and question about the winner was resolved. Last ten minutes were just the formality and Italy was not able to treat.

Places 13-16
Bulgaria - Germany 53-85
Germany jumped to 3-2 in Group G and secured survival in Division A. Bulgaria will face with relegation as they have 0-5 now. Anna-lisa Rexroth had 16 points to lead Germany in scoring. Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (177-F/C-91) and Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) had 15 points each, while Wiebke Bruns (176-F-90) added 10 points and 5 boards in this win. In Bulgaria, Aleksandra Kancheva (182-F-90) delivered 11 points in defeat. Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) and Mirena Dencheva (184-F-91) stopped on 8 points apiece. Germany dominated from the start of this game. They opened it with impressive 5-16 lead and later created 7-21. Second quarter was tied to 14-14, meaning that Germany has 14 pts lead at the HT. Anna-lisa Rexroth and her teammates nailed 26 points in third frame and were looking great. Bulgaria on the other side stopped to 16 and faced with huge 37-61 deficit with ten minutes to go. Germany didn't slow down and finished Q4 with 16-24 for the final 53-85 blowout. In the last day of the competition Germany will meet Romania. Bulgaria will take on Sweden.

Sweden - Romania 53-80
Romania stays perfect in Group G and already secured survival in Division A. On the other side, Sweden failed to do the same. They have 2-3 record and even in case of victory they will face with relegation. Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) paced Romania to this win with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Alina Chivu (177-F-90) scored 12, while Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) added 10 points and 9 boards. Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) collected 17 pts and 5 assists in Sweden. Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) followed with 11 points and 5 rebs. Romania won every single quarter in this game. They made 12-17 in the first frame and 12-23 for the next ten minutes. Sweden was in deep trouble and was not able to reply against Cristina Bigica and her teammates. Romania ended Q3 with 16-20 and at that time it was clear who the winner of the night will be. Romania had another great period to end this game with huge 53-80. In the last day of the competition Romania will play against Germany. Sweden will play against Bulgaria.



Division A: Quarterfinals in Liepaja  - Jul. 23, 2010 
Spain - Ukraine 75-74
Thriller win for Spain, who secured a passage through the Quarterfinals. They will meet Latvia at the next stage. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (178-G-91) stepped up for Spain with 20 points. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) had 24 pts in defeat.

Lithuania - France 61-69
France outplayed Lithuania today advancing to the Semifinals in Liepaja. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) shined for the winners with 22 points. Lithuania got 17 pts, 5 boards and 5 assists from Marina Solopova.

Russia - Serbia 92-72
Russia blasted Serbia in the Quarterfinals and will play against France in the Semis. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) was a key player in Russia today with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) collected 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Latvia - Turkey 64-57
The hosts of U20 EC was better than Turkey and will meet Spain in the battle for the last stage. Anete Klintsone (175-G-90) this time paced Latvia to victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) replied with 13 points in defeat.

Places 13-16
Germany - Sweden 64-67
Sweden outsmarted Germany mostly owing to Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville), who scored 9 points. Beata Gullberg (178-G-90) had 2 less than her. In Germany, Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) delivered 19 pts.

Romania - Bulgaria 62-41
Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) exploded today with 23 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was the MVP of this meeting. Bulgaria did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring.

Places 9-12
Poland - Italy 66-53
Comfortable win for Poland, whose leading scorer was Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) with 15 points. Klaudia Sosnowska had 14 pts and 14 boards. In the loosing squad, Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) delivered 19 pts.

Belarus - Holland 78-88
Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) stepped up for Holland today with 19 points. She also grabbed 13 rebounds beside that and was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 26. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) collected 21 points and 8 boards in Belarus.



Division A, Day Six: Qualifying Round is over in Liepaja  - Jul. 21, 2010 
Group E
Ukraine - Poland 67-50
Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Poland and advanced to Quarterfinals as No.4 of Group A. Poland will continue in Classification Round. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) collected 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Ukraine. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) replied with 10 points each in defeat.

Holland - Latvia 60-71
Latvia was too strong for Holland and will meet Turkey in the Quarterfinals. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was the leading player in Latvia with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) had 16 pts for Holland, who failed to reach the next stage (1-4).

Russia - France 76-59
Russia outplayed France ending the Qualifying Round as No.1 of Group E with 4-1 record. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) stepped up in victory with 18 points. France got 16 points from Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) and also advanced to Quarterfinals.

Group F
Serbia - Belarus 89-72
Serbia outplayed Belarus in crucial game and booked a spot for the next stage. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) once again was a key player in Serbia as she collected 21 points and 15 rebound. Belarus got 12 points and 9 boards from Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92).

Lithuania - Italy 72-54
Lithuania goes to Quarterfinals as No.2 of Group B, while Italy will continue in Classification Round. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) and Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) delivered 15 points each in victory. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) had 15 pts and 7 rebs in defeat.

Turkey - Spain 57-80
Perfect 5-0 for Spain, who will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) and Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) had 13 points each in victory. Turkey got 19 pts from Damla Gezgin (172-G-90) and also reached the next stage, but as No.3 of Group B.

Group G
Bulgaria - Sweden 52-72
Sweden grabbed the first win in Group B, mostly owing to Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) and Tilde Ahlin (183-F-90) (8 rebs), who scored 14 points each. Bulgaria (0-3) got 13 points from Violina Kocheva (176-F-91).

Germany - Romania 50-70
Romania jumped to perfect 3-0 in Group G, while Germany dropped to 2-1. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) came up with 23 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Mara Greunke (185-C-91) netted 12 points in defeat.



Division A, Qualifying Round: Day Five in Liepaja - Jul. 20, 2010 
Group E
Ukraine - Holland 86-73
Ukraine grabbed valuable win against Holland so there is three way tie now in Group E, all with 1-3 record (Ukraine, Holland and Poland). Just one of them will reach the Quarterfinals. It will be decided on Wednesday, when is the last day of Preliminary Round. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) shined in victory with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) also was great adding 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) and Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) netted 18 and 16 points respectively. In Holland, Natalie Van den Adel (185-G-90) collected 24 points and 8 rebs. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) scored 22 points. Ukraine had a high productive first quarter scoring 31 points. Holland stopped to 20 on the other side and Ukraine already held double-digit lead. However, Holland improved in the second frame and smashed their rival with 11-25. That includes impressive 0-18 run. Ukraine recovered from this shock and replied with 20-14 in Q3 for 62-59 lead. Olesia Malashenko and her teammates shined in the last ten minutes as well (24-14) and picked up the first win in Qualifying Round. On Wednesday, Ukraine will meet Poland. Holland will take on Latvia.

France - Latvia 67-70
The hosts of this event surprised France handing them the first loss in Liepaja. These two teams are together with Russia on top of Group E now with 3-1 record. Each of them has a chance to finish as No.1. Anete Klintsone (175-G-90) stepped up for the hosts with 19 points. Kristine Vitola (193-F-91) had double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Anete Steinberga (188-F-90) added 9 points. In the loosing squad, Pauline Thizy (190-C-90) delivered 16 pts. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) contributed in this defeat with 14 points and 6 rebs. First quarter ended with 17-17 tie, despite France had plus seven in the finish. The second one was pretty leveled too, as this time neither of teams was able to make a bigger lead. Still, it was Latvia who ended Q2 with 13-15 for 2-point lead at the half time. France improved after the breather and mostly owing to Pauline Thizy and Diandra Tchatchouang made 48-46 turn and there was ten minutes left in the game. Ukraine created 2-8 run at the beginning of the last frame and jumped to plus 7 with 1:19 to go. That was too much for France, who faced with the first loss at this event. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Latvia will meet Holland, while France will play against Russia.

Poland - Russia 62-75
Russia jumped to 3-1 joining France and Latvia on top of Group E. With this victory Russia already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Poland dropped to 1-3 but still has a chance to do the same. Anna Ostroukhova top-scored for Russia with 15 points and they had five more players with double-digits. Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) (10 rebs), Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) (7 rebs) and Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) had 12 points each. In defeat, Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) shined with 17 points, while Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) added 12. Russia opened the game with quick 0-5 lead and later during the period jumped to plus 6. Poland replied in the finish cutting the margin to 18-21 at the end of Q1. Second frame was pretty leveled and actually it belonged to Russia 16-17 for 34-38 at the HT. At the halfway of third period Russia was 42-50 up, but Poland didn't give up. They closed this frame with 9-3 run for minus 2 with ten minutes to go. Russia exploded in the last quarter and finished it with 11-22 for the final 62-75 win. On Wednesday, Russia will play against France. Poland will meet Ukraine.

Group F
Spain - Lithuania 80-68
Perfect 4-0 for Spain in Group F and they already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. There is still one more game in Preliminary Round and Spain will fight against Turkey for the first place in this pool. Lithuania dropped to 2-2, but will go to QFinals despite that. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in this victory. Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) and Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) helped with 15 points each, while Leonor Rodriguez Manso (178-G-91) added 12 pts and 6 boards. In Lithuania, Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) shined with double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) also scored 19 pts (6 rebs) in this defeat. Everything started great for Lithuania who made 17-25 lead in the first quarter. At that time it seemed that Lithuania is the team who will be capable to beat Spain at this event, but that turned out to be wrong very soon. Second quarter finished with 16-16 tie and Lithuania was still 8-points up, but Spain didn't panic. Marta Xargay Casademont and her teammates exploded in third period smashing Lithuania with 22-10 for 55-51 lead with ten minutes left. Spain continued in the same rhythm in the last quarter (25-17) and finally celebrated 80-68 comfortable win. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Spain will meet Turkey for position No.1 in Group B. Lithuania will meet Italy.

Belarus - Italy 61-60
Belarus grabbed thriller win against Italy and with this one stayed in the race for QFinals. They will have to beat Serbia in order to reach the next stage. On the other side, Italy dropped to 0-4 with no chance to advance. Katsiaryna Kashlei (166-G-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) also was great adding 13 points and 13 rebounds. Actually, she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 19. Gilda Cerri (185-C/F-90) replied with 14 points and 12 rebounds in defeat, while Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) added 10 pts and 6 rebs. Belarus was slightly better in the first quarter ending it with 11-9. Italy replied win Q2 for one-point lead at the half time, 25-26. Italy shined after the breather and at the halfway of third period jumped to pus five. However, Belarus answered with 13-6 run for 44-39 lead with ten minutes left. Belarus jumped to plus 10 with 5:09 to go, but Italy didn't give up. They made 3-15 run for 58-60 lead with less than 80 seconds remaining. Filonchyk drained a triple for Belarus, after what Milazzo missed and the game was over for Italy. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Belarus will meet Serbia. Italy will take on Lithuania.

Serbia - Turkey 75-71
Serbia grabbed valuable 75-71 win against Turkey and joined Lithuania on third place with 2-2 record. With this victory Serbia has a chance to finish even as No.2 (No.3 and No.4 also), but the first condition is to beat Belarus. Turkey faced with the first loss in Liepaja, but they still have a chance to finish as No.1 in Group B. They will have to beat Spain in the last day of Preliminary Round. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) shined for the winners with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) had 16, while Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90) added 13 points and 9 rebs. Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) also had important role posting 10 pts. In Turkey, Yasemen Saylar (173-G-90) netted 15 points. Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) (13 rebs) and Damla Gezgin (172-G-90) had 13 points apiece. This game is decided in the finish. Before that, Turkey made 16-21 lead in the first quarter. They jumped to plus 10 five minutes later and were looking comfortable. However, Serbia drastically improved after the breather. Sara Krnjic and her teammates smashed Turkey in Q3 with 24-14 and teams started from zero again. Turkey was 62-66 up with four minutes remaining and Serbia responded with 9-0 run. Turkey came to minus 2 in the finish, but Orozovic and Sara Krnjic made mini 4-0 run resolving question about the winner.

Places 13-16
Romania - Sweden 67-50
Romania blasted Sweden and secured survival in Division A. With this victory Romania jumped to 2-0 in Group G and will fight with Germany for the first place. On the other side, Sweden dropped to 0-2 and already faced with relegation from Division A. They will compete in Division B next season, whatever they do in the last game against Bulgaria. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) came up with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Gabriela Munteanu (177-F-88) also was great in this victory adding 17 pts and 9 rebs. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) (6 rebs) and Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) helped with 13 and 11 points respectively. In Sweden, Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) shined with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) had 13 pts and 6 rebs. Romania took control on Sweden from the early beginning. After ten minutes of play Elisabeth Pavel and her teammates were already 21-12 up. They made 16-13 in the second frame for 12-points HT lead. Both teams slowed down offensively in Q3, but it still belonged to Romania 10-8. Nothing has changed for rest of the way, despite the game winner was already known. Romania ended last ten minutes with 20-17 for 67-50 win and survival in Division A.

Germany - Bulgaria 70-58
Germany survived in Division A. They managed to beat Bulgaria 70-58 for 2-0 record in Group G and will fight against Romania for the first place. On the other side, Bulgaria stays winless in Liepaja and they will face with relegation from Division A. Whatever Bulgaria do in the last game against Sweden, they will play next year in Division B. Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) secured a nice help adding 14 points, while Wiebke Bruns (176-F-90) had 11. In the loosing squad, Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) collected 18 points and 8 rebounds. Pamela Decheva (185-F-92) had 11 pts and 5 boards. Everything started good for Bulgaria, who made excellent 8-19 lead in the first ten minutes. However, they somehow stopped after that and Germany took full control on this game. Stephanie Wagner and her teammates exploded in the next ten minutes making 38-28 turn until the half time. Germany jumped to plus 15 at the halfway of third period and Bulgaria was in deep trouble. Everything what they did for rest of the way was minus 10. Germany replied with 12-4 run after that and there was just 2:52 remaining. The game winner was known and Germany could celebrate survival in Division A.


Division A, Qualifying Round: Day Four in Liepaja  - Jul. 19, 2010 
Group E
Holland - Russia 74-53
Holland cruised past Russia in Liepaja for the first win in Qualifying Round. It means that Holland currently shares the fourth place in Group E with Poland, who also has 1-2 record. Russia dropped to 2-1 and joined Latvia on position No.2. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) shined in victory with 25 points. Demelza Ten Caat (177-G-90) also was great in this game adding 19 points. They were the only two players with double-digits in scoring for Holland. In Russia, Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) delivered 12 pts. Veronika Dorosheva (188-F-91) had one point less than her, plus 5 rebounds. Except of third quarter, which belonged to Russia, Holland dominated in all other periods. Maaike Klein and her teammates made 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes and they were even better in the next quarter. Holland intensified defense limiting Russia to just 9 pts in Q2, while they drained 16 on the other side for nice 33-23 lead at the half time. Holland jumped to 15-point lead at the midway of third quarter, but Russia replied with 7-13 run cutting the margin to 9 points before the last ten minutes. Than, Holland smashed their rival with 23-11 for the final 74-53 blowout. On Tuesday, Holland will meet Ukraine. Russia will take on Poland.

Ukraine - France 66-80
France continued its winning streak in Liepaja and stretched it to four. It was a Day Four at this event, the first one in Qualifying Round, and France jumped to 3-0 in newly formed Group E. Ukraine dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds in victory. Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) (9 rebs) and Medelome Medenou (188-F-90) (6 rebs) had 13 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) shined with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) and Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) (9 rebs) had 13 and 12 pts. France took control on Ukraine from the early beginning. After opening ten minutes it already was 12-21 for Diandra Tchatchouang and her teammates. Ukraine improved in the second frame, but they needed a way more. They ended Q2 with 20-19 and France was 32-40 up at the HT. They jumped to plus 13 at the halfway of third period and Ukraine was in trouble. They came to minus seven in the last quarter, but France immediately replied and grabbed back the comfortable lead. On Tuesday, France will play against Latvia. Ukraine will meet Holland.

Latvia - Poland 63-49
The box-score and game report will be available soon.

Group F
Lithuania - Serbia 63-57
Valuable win for Lithuania, who jumped to 2-1 in Group F. They are currently on third place in this pool, while Serbia dropped to position No.4 with 1-2 record. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) was the leading scorer in Lithuania with 18 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) had double-double of 17 points and 12 boards, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 14 points and 17 rebs in this game. Each of them (Solopova, Paugaite) reached valuation 20. In Serbia, Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) nailed 15 points. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) (5 rebs) and Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) netted 10 points apiece. Lithuania opened the game with quick 6-2 run and they later reached 14-8 lead. Serbia replied with 2-5 mini run for rest of the way in Q1, but still faced with minus three at the end of it. Nevena Jovanovic and her teammates took control on Lithuania in the second frame and managed to take 33-35 lead until the half time. They somehow stopped after the breather and Lithuania was the team who dominated at that time. Trio Egle Siksniute, Marina Solopova and Giedre Paugaite was great offensively pacing their squad to 54-45 lead before the last ten minutes. Serbia ended last quarter with 9-12, but that was not enough. On Tuesday, Lithuania will play against Spain. Serbia will meet Turkey in very important game for both teams.

Belarus - Spain 69-91
Spain blasted Belarus for perfect 3-0 in Qualifying Group F. With this victory Spain already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Belarus on the other hand slipped to 0-3, but still has a chance to advance. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) paced Spain with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 29 and was totally the best player of this game. Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) (8 as) and Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-F-91) 11 and 9 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Katsiaryna Kashlei (166-G-90) led the scorers with 18 points. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) had 14 points and 11 boards. Spain took control on their rivals from the beginning. After opening ten minutes Spain was already 17-24 up. They continued in the same rhythm in Q2 grabbing 32-46 lead at the half time. Belarus was in trouble, but they couldn't do anything about that. Spain shined in Q3 as well ending it with 14-24 for huge 46-70. The game was already over for Belarus and last ten minutes were just the formality. Spain will play against Lithuania on Tuesday and will try to continue its winning streak. Belarus will meet Italy.

Italy - Turkey 58-67
Turkey continues with nice performance in Liepaja. This time they outplayed Italy 58-67 for perfect 3-0 in Group F. Turkey currently shares the first place with Spain and both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals. Italy has 0-3, but its not too late for them to wake up. Yasemen Saylar (173-G-90) stepped up for Turkey with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Safiye Karaman (180-F-91) netted 14 points in this meeting, while Esra Ural (197-C-91) added 9 points and 10 boards. In Italy, Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) collected 13 points and 9 rebounds. Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) and Oriana Milazzo had 10 points and 5 rebounds each in this defeat. Italy was a better team at the beginning as they made 11-18 lead after six minutes. Turkish players woke after that and for rest of the time in Q1 replied with 6-0 run. Than the second frame was almost leveled and actually this one belonged to Italy 20-19. It means that teams went to overtime with 37-37 tie. Turkey made 13-15 in Q3 and there was ten minutes to go. Yasemen Saylar and her teammates opened the last period with crucial 2-9 lead and never looked back after that. Turkey will meet Serbia on Tuesday. Italy will take on Belarus and it will be maybe the most important game for both teams.

Places 13-16
Bulgaria - Romania 51-80
Romania made the first step forward to survival in Division A. They destroyed Bulgaria for 1-0 record in Group G. It was the first appearance for both teams at this stage. Gabriela Munteanu (177-F-88) had 24 pts and 6 rebs. Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) also shined for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) followed with 14 pts and 9 rebs. In Bulgaria, Aleksandra Kancheva (182-F-90) delivered 13 pts and was the only one with double-digits in scoring. Romania blasted Bulgaria in the first and last quarter. Gabriela Munteanu and her teammates created big 12-25 lead in the first ten minutes. Their rival slightly improved in the second frame, but still it was Romania who increased its lead to 24-39. Third quarter belonged to Bulgaria (13-10), but it was clear they will not be able to treat in this game. Romania smashed them 14-31 in the last ten minutes for the final 51-80 victory. On Tuesday, Romania will meet Sweden. Bulgaria will take on Germany and will try to grab the first win at this event.

Sweden - Germany 57-84
Easy one for Germany, who started the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place with 1-0. On the other side, Sweden dropped to 0-1 but they still have a chance to survive in Division A. These two teams are together with Romania and Bulgaria placed to Group G. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) paced the Germans to victory with 23 points. Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) followed with 18 points and 6 boards, while Wiebke Bruns (176-F-90) (6 rebs), Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) (5 rebs) and Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) added 9 points each. In Sweden, Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) replied with 18 points and 5 boards. Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebs. Germany opened the game with 8-13 and later 12-20 lead. They ended the first frame with plus six and continued in the same rhythm in Q2. Anna-lisa Rexroth and her teammates made the first double-digit lead in 15th minute and never looked back after that. At the half time, Germany was 34-45 up. They made 10-18 in Q3 and the game winner was already known. Anyway, Germany shined in the last ten minutes as well finishing this game with huge 57-84. On Tuesday, Germany will play against Bulgaria. Sweden will meet Romania.



Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Liepaja  - Jul. 17, 2010 
Group A
Poland - France 31-80
France destroyed Poland finishing the Preliminary Round with perfect 3-0 record. It means that the defending champion advances to Qualifying Round as the top-ranked team of Group A. Poland also goes to the next stage, but as No.2 (2-1). Both teams will be transferred to Group E. Jessie de Colo (180-G-90) stepped up for France scoring 12 points for 13 minutes. Margaux Okou Zouzouo (183-F-91) had 11 and Medelome Medenou (188-F-90) helped with one point less. Poland did not have anyone with double-digits. Their best scorer was Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) with just 6 points (13 rebs). France dominated during the entire time. Jessie de Colo and her teammates were simply better in all basketball elements. They finished first quarter with 9-19 and it was a clear sign what Poland could expect for rest of the game. However, Poland improved in the second frame (16-15), but that was all from them in this meeting. France limited Poland to just 6 points for the entire second half. That was really unusual picture on the court, but French defense really looked great. On the other side, they drained 46 points in 20 minutes for the final 31-80 victory. On Monday, France will meet Ukraine. Poland will take on Latvia.

Bulgaria - Holland 32-63
Holland outplayed Bulgaria in crucial game and advanced to Qualifying Round in Liepaja. Thanks for this victory Holland finished as No.3 in Group A and will move to Group E. On the other side, Bulgaria stays winless and will continue in Classification Games for 13th to 16th place. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) top-scored for Holland with 13 points. Clara Van der Hoek (187-F-90) followed her with 12 points and she grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. They were the only two players with double-digits in this game. In Bulgaria, Aleksandra Kancheva (182-F-90) was the leading scorer with just 7 points. Holland was a way better team in this match. Maaike Klein and her teammates blasted Bulgaria in Q1 5-23 sending a clear signal they are going to take this one. Second quarter ended with 9-9 tie, so Holland still was 18 points up (HT). Bulgaria was not able to mount a comeback and faced with 12-15 in third period for huge 21 points deficit before the last frame. Holland made 6-16 in the last ten minutes for the final 32-63 blowout. The championship continues on Monday. Holland will meet Russia, while Bulgaria will play against Romania in Group G.

Group B
Ukraine - Latvia 61-90
Latvia registered an easy 61-90 win against Ukraine advancing to the Qualifying Round as No.2 in Group B. The hosts of this event registered two wins and one defeat at the first stage. On the other side, Ukraine finished as No.3 (1-2) and also advanced to Qualifying Round. Their win against Sweden was the crucial one so far. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) (5 rebs) and Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90) shined for the hosts with 15 points each. Laura Purina (171-G-90) secured a great helped adding 14 points and 5 boards. In Ukraine, Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) shined with 17 points and 9 boards. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) netted 11 pts (5 rebs). Latvia took control on its rival from the very beginning. After few minutes of play, the hosts were already 7-15 up. They jumped to 12-13 for rest of the first quarter and were looking good. Nothing has changed after that as Latvia still dominated and later went to the halftime with comfortable 28-46 advantage. Ukraine was not able to respond and Latvia just continued with increasing the lead. They finished third period 18-26 and the last one 15-18 for the final 61-90 vicotry. Sunday will be a day-off in Liepaja and after that Latvia will meet Poland. Ukraine will take on France.

Sweden - Russia 71-61
Sweden surprised powerful Russia, but they lost against Ukraine earlier at this event and due to that defeat failed to reach the next stage. Russia on the other hand advanced as No.1 of Group B. They have the same 2-1 record as Latvia, but outplayed them in Day Two. Maryam Gultekin (165-G-90) exploded in this match with 24 points and 5 assists. She reached valuation 22 and was the MVP. Sweden also got 15 points and 7 rebounds from Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville). Russia had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) with 11 pts (5 rebs). Yulia Klimenko (185-C-90) finished with 9 pts. Sweden was great at the beginning and finished the opening quarter with 17-9 lead. Russia improved after that closing the gap to 31-29 until the half time. Russia was slightly better team in third quarter as well. Anastasiya Shilova and her teammates ended this period with 15-17 and teams started from zero once again. After 30 minutes of play the score stood at 46-46. Than Maryam Gultekin stepped up for her team and helped it to make 12-4 run. Sweden jumped to 65-55 with less than three minutes to go and this game was already over for Russia. On Monday, Sweden will play against Germany as a part of Group G (Classification Round for 13th to 16th place). Russia will meet Holland.

Group C
Italy - Germany 49-35
Italy celebrated in do-or-die game against Germany and advanced to Qualifying Round. Thanks to this one Italy finished as No.3 in Preliminary Group C and will be transferred to Group E now. Germany on the other hand will go to Classification Round for 13th to 16th place as they ended this stage winless. Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) was the leading player in vicotry with double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. She won the MVP title for this match (valuation 22). Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) also was good in Italy with 14 points and 10 boards. Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) scored 6 pts. In Germany, Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) delivered 10 points. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) stopped on 8 pts and 6 boards. Both teams entered to this game very nervously. Pressure was high as it was do-or-die game for both squads. They scored 15 points together in the first ten minutes, but it was Italy who had one point lead. Second quarter also was the low-scoring one and totally tied (12-12). Everything was still open after third period as well, despite it belonged to Italy 12-11. Germany came to 36-35 with 7:21 to go and was looking good. However, Italy intensified defense after that keeping Germany scoreless for rest of the game, while they had 17 pts on the other side for comfortable 49-35 win. On Monday, Italy will meet Turkey. Germany will play against Sweden.

Serbia - Spain 67-75
Spain was too strong for Serbia in the battle for the first place in Preliminary Group C. Both teams were perfect in the first two days, but now Spain is No.1 in this pool, while Serbia is No.2. Both advanced to Qualifying Round (Group F). Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) top-scored in Spain with 19 points. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) had 12 points, while Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-F-91) helped with one less. In Serbia, Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) shined with 15 points. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) scored 11 pts and grabbed 6 boards. First quarter was pretty leveled. Actually, Serbia held 22-18 lead in the finish, but thanks to triple by Vila, Spain cut the margin to one point. Spain took control on Serbia in the second frame finishing it 14-19 for 36-40 turn at the half time. Serbia didn't give up and continued to fight. Nevena Jovanovic and her teammates made 17-14 in third quarter coming to 53-54 before the last ten minutes. At the halfway of the last period Serbia grabbed 59-58 lead, after basket by Jovanovic. However, Spain immediately responded and made crucial 2-12 run for plus 9 with 2:26 to go. That was too much for Serbia, who few moments later faced with 67-75 loss. Teams will have a day-off tomorrow. On Monday, Spain will meet Belarus, while Serbia will take on Lithuania.

Group D
Belarus - Romania 89-63
Belarus blasted Romania for the first win in Liepaja and booked a spot for the next stage. It was a do-or-die for both teams, but Belarus handled the pressure better and celebrated comfortable win. They will move to Qualifying Group F now. On the other side, Romania (0-3) will continue in Classification Round for 13th to 16th place. Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) exploded with 20 points for just 15 minutes on the court. She had just one miss in this game (6/7 FG2, 2/2 3-pts, 2/2 Fts). Maryia Papova (186-F-94) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Katsiaryna Kashlei (166-G-90) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In Romania, Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) collected 22 points and 10 boards. Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) netted 18 pts in this defeat. Belarus won every single quarter in this game. They started with 23-20 in Q1 and for the next ten minutes made 27-19. It means that Belarus held comfortable 50-39 HT lead. Romania was not able to reply and faced with 68-51 with ten minutes to go. Question about the winner was already resolved and last quarter was just the formality. Belarus ended it with 21-12 for the final 89-63 blowout. On Monday, Belarus will play against Spain. Romania will meet Bulgaria in Group G.

Turkey - Lithuania 64-62
Turkey grabbed thriller win against Lithuania to finish Preliminary Round with the perfect 3-0 record. It means that Turkey advanced to Qualifying Round as the top-ranked team of Group D. Lithuania also goes on, but as No.2 (1-2). Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) was totally the best player of this game. She scored 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for valuation 24. Yasemen Saylar (173-G-90) secured a good help adding 13 points. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) was great on the other side with 31 points. She made seven triples in this game. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) stopped on 12 pts and 6 rebs. Last quarter was the crucial one in this match. Before that, Turkey made 14-8 in the first frame, while Lithuania blasted them 11-25 in the next one. Third period ended 16-15 for Turkey, who was trailing 41-48 before the last ten minutes. Than Tugce Canitez and her teammates exploded with 11-0 run for 52-48 with less than six minutes to go. Lithuania made a turn and grabbed plus 4 in the finish, but triple by Tugce Canitez and basket plus free throw by the same player brought Turkey the third straight win in Liepaja. On Monday, Turkey will meet Italy. Lithuania will play against Serbia.



Division A, Preliminary Round: Day Two in Liepaja - Jul. 16, 2010 
Group A
Poland - Bulgaria 50-40
Poland registered the second straight win in Liepaja. After victory against Holland in Day One, Poland managed to beat Bulgaria for perfect 2-0 record in Group A. With this victory Poland secured a spot for the Qualifying Round. On the other side, Bulgaria dropped to 0-2, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) also had 13 points and was the last one with double-digits in scoring for Poland. In Bulgaria, Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) collected 13 points and 8 boards. Teams were totally leveled at the beginning. Neither of them was able to make a bigger lead, so first quarter ended with 12-12 tie. Poland intensified its defense after that stopping Bulgaria to just 7 points in the second frame. At the same time they scored 12, for plus five at the half time. Poland jumped to plus 9 after the breather and Bulgaria closed the gap to 28-26 at the halfway of third period. However, Poland ended this quarter with 7-4 run for five point lead with ten minutes to go. The last chance Bulgaria had with 4:18 remaining in the game when the score stood at 40-38, but Poland immediately replied and closed this meeting with 10-2 run. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Poland will meet France. Bulgaria will take on Holland.

France - Holland 83-52
The defending champion jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A and already booked a spot for the next stage. They will fight against Poland for the first place in this pool. Holland faced with the second straight loss in Liepaja and will have to beat Bulgaria tomorrow in order to reach the Qualifying Round. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in this game. She grabbed the MVP award with valuation 23. Pauline Thizy (190-C-90) netted 13 points, while Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) added 12. Holland did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their leading player was Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) with 9 points and 6 rebounds. After 5-5 tie at the very beginning, France took control on their rivals. Diandra Tchatchouang was on fire and together with her teammates closed the first quarter with 20-8 run. They continued in the same rhythm creating impressive 44-22 lead until the half time. Holland was in deep trouble and there was no way out. They won Q3 with 17-19, but of course that was not enough even for a small treat. France shined one again finishing the last frame with 22-11 for the final 83-52 victory. France outrebounded Holland today and forced them to commit 20 turnovers.

Group B
Sweden - Ukraine 58-89
Ukraine grabbed the first win in Liepaja. After defeat in Day One, Ukraine blasted Sweden 58-89 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Sweden slipped to 0-2 and they will almost sure face with elimination and will continue in Classification Round. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) led Ukraine with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) (6 rebs) and Yuliya Berezynets (180-G-90) (5 rebs) scored 13 points each, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) added one point less. In defeat, Maryam Gultekin (165-G-90) top-scored with 18 points. Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) Carter also was good with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ukraine took control on Sweden from the early beginning. Alina Iagupova and her teammates created impressive 0-13 lead in the first few minutes. Sweden finally woke up, but was not able to avoid 11-25 deficit at the end of Q1. Ukraine blasted Sweden in Q2 as well (9-21) for 20-46 lead at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as Ukraine still was the team who dominated. Third period ended 17-25, while in the last one Sweden just cut the margin for 3 points (21-18). At the end it is 58-89 blowout win by Ukraine. In Day Three in Liepaja, Ukraine will play against Latvia. Sweden will meet strong Russia.

Russia - Latvia 73-68 OT
Russia grabbed maybe the crucial win for the first place in Preliminary Group B. They outplayed the hosts of U20 EuroBasket and jumped to 2-0. At the same time Russia secured participation in Qualifying Round and they will most probably end this stage with perfect score. Latvia faced with the first loss, but still has a nice chance to advance. Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) was unstoppable today with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) had 13 and Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) helped Russia with 10 pts. Anete Klintsone (175-G-90) replied with 17 points on the other side. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) (10 rebs) and Ieva Krastina (176-G/F-90) netted 15 points apiece. First quarter was full of turns. Latvia made plus five, but few moments later Russia was 19-14 up. Latvia came to minus two after that, but Panevina closed the Q1 with a triple. Than something extraordinary happened. Russia intensified defense and kept Latvia scoreless for the entire Q2 (15-0). Latvia looked poor, but they consolidated somehow after the breather, despite they were 37-17 down. Latvia started to melt Russias lead slowly finishing Q3 with 18-23. They opened the last quarter with 0-10 run and the game was open again. With 2:38 to go in regular time Russia was still five points up, but then Sabine Niedola and Anete Klintsone scored a basket and a triple for 59-59 tie and the game went to overtime. There, Russia was a better team finishing the extra five minutes with 14-9 for the second win in Liepaja. In Day Three, Russia will meet Sweden. Latvia will take on Ukraine.

Group C
Serbia - Italy 80-60
Serbia blasted Italy for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group C. With this victory Serbia already booked a spot for the Qualifying Round, despite there is one more day to go at this stage. On the other hand, Italy slipped to 0-2 and their chances to do the same significantly decreased. This time Sanja Orozovic (184-G-90) was the leading player in Serbia draining 21 points. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) had double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) added 13 points and 5 boards. Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) helped with 10 points and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) replied with 22 points and 6 boards. Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) scored 14 pts. The beginning of this game totally belonged to Italy. Martina Bestagno and her teammates opened it with impressive 0-12 run and Serbia was in trouble. Few moments later it was 2-16 for Italy and Serbian players looked pretty surprised. However, they managed to improve somehow for rest of the first quarter at to close the gap to 15-24. Serbia totally recovered in the second frame winning it 20-16 for 35-40 deficit at the half time. Everything was open again, despite a great start by Italy. Sanja Orozovic was on fire for Serbia and together with her teammates played magnificent Q3 finishing it with 20-7. It means that Serbia was 55-47 up before the last ten minutes. Italy gave up on this game and Serbia smashed them in Q4 with 25-13 for the second win in Liepaja. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Serbia will play against Spain and the winner will most probably finish as No.1 of Group C. Italy will meet Germany in do-or-die game. Too early for this kind of pressure.

Spain - Germany 79-43
Spain shined once again in Liepaja. Two days - two wins for Spain, who jumped to 2-0 in Group C and already clinched a spot for the Qualifying Round. They will meet Serbia tomorrow in the battle for the first place in this pool. Germany on the other side stays winless and will meet Italy in do-or-die game. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (178-G-91) top-scored for Spain with 19 points and she had 5 rebounds beside that. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) also was great today adding 13 points and 11 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) helped her country with 11 points and 5 rebs. In Germany, Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) was the only player with more than ten - 11 pts. Spain was a way better team from the beginning. They opened this meeting with impressive 14-2 lead sending a clear signal that Germany will not have a chance. First quarter ended 19-8 and Spain exploded offensively in Q2. They drained 29 points, while limiting Germany to 13 for unreachable 48-21 at the half time. Everything after that was just the formality. Despite that fact, Spain blasted Germany in Q3 as well (19-6), while they finally slowed down in the last period (12-16). Last games of the Preliminary Round in Liepaja will be played tomorrow.

Group D
Lithuania - Romania 77-36
Lithuania demonstrated its power against Romania today. With this victory Lithuania jumped to 2-0 in Group D and already booked a spot for the next stage. Turkey also has 2-0 in this pool and they will fight against Lithuania for the first place. At the same time, Romania will take on Belarus in do-or-die game for both teams. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) shined in this meeting and reached valuation 30. She had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for 25 minutes on the court. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) had 15 points and 9 boards, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 12 pts and also 9 rebs. In defeat, Gabriela Munteanu (177-F-88) had 10 points and 7 rebounds. She was the only player with more than 4 pts in Romania. What to say about this game. Lithuania simply dominated in all basketball elements. After ten minutes of play Lithuania was 22-10 up and they jumped to 40-16 for rest of the time in the first half. Same picture on the court was seen after the breather. Lithuania controlled rhythm of the game ending Q3 with 17-9. They also dominated in the last period 20-11 for the final 77-36 blowout. Tomorrow, Lithuania will meet Turkey, while Romania will play against Belarus.

Turkey - Belarus 75-61
Turkey had another reason for a joy in Liepaja. After win in Day One, Turkey was too strong for Belarus and will meet Lithuania in the battle for the first place in Group B. At the same time, Turkey already booked a ticket for the Qualifying Round at this event. Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) was the MVP of this game with valuation 23. She spent 31 minutes on the court collecting 16 points and 16 rebounds. Yasemen Saylar (173-G-90) had 12 points, 8 boards and 5 assists, while Esra Ural (197-C-91) added 11 pts and 10 rebs. In Belarus, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) collected 17 points and 5 rebs. Turkey did a great job in the first quarter and never looked back after that. The Turkish U20 NT created excellent 14-2 lead in the first six minutes and later ended the period with 23-8. Belarus replied with 17-20 in the second frame, but still faced with big 40-28 minus at the half time. Turkey resolved question about the winner in Q3. They reached 20-point lead for the first time in this game and Belarus was not able to reply. With ten minutes remaining it was 60-42 and Belarus cut the margin just a little bit for rest of the time. As it is mentioned above, Turkey will meet Lithuania tomorrow. Belarus will play against Romania.



Division A, Preliminary Round: Day One in Liepaja  - Jul. 15, 2010 
Group A
Bulgaria - France 51-73
France outplayed Bulgaria in Day One of the U20 European Championship in Liepaja. It was an easy win for the defending champion, who now has 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Bulgaria started with loss, but of course there are two more games to be played at this stage. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) stepped up in victory with 16 points for 18 minutes on the court. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) scored 13, while Medelome Medenou (188-F-90) added 11 points and 6 boards. Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) also scored 11 pts in this victory. In the loosing squad, Violina Kocheva (176-F-91) had 11 points and 6 boards. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. France had a great beginning today. After 10-10 tie, Laurie Datchy and her teammates created impressive 0-12 run and later ended first quarter with 12-24 lead. Bulgaria improved after that and managed to close the gap to 29-38 until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in his game as France smashed its rival with 11-23. It means that France had huge 40-61 with ten minutes left and the match winner was already known. France ended last quarter 11-12 for the final 51-73 victory. In Day Two, France will meet Holland, while Bulgaria will take on Poland.

Holland - Poland 57-72
Poland cruised past Holland to register the first win in Liepaja. Today is the first day of the 2010 EuroBasket U20 and Poland jumped to 1-0. Beside these two teams, participants of the same pool are also France and Bulgaria. Klaudia Sosnowska (184-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and she also had 6 rebounds beside that. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) followed her with 13 points and 6 assists, while Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) added 11 points and 5 rebs. In Holland, Demelza Ten Caat (177-G-90) delivered 16 points. She was their only player with more than 8 pts in this defeat. Holland was a better team at the beginning. Demelza Ten Caat and her teammates opened the game with 10-4 and later 14-6 lead. Fore rest of the time in the first period Poland made 4-6 closing the gap to six points. Poland totally took control on Holland in the second frame. At the halfway of it they made the first turn (22-23) and later finished first half with 35-37. The Polish players intensified defense after the breather limiting Holland to just 8 points for ten minutes. On the other side, they had 14 for 43-51 with one quarter to go. They had no troubles to keep the safe distance and actually to increase their lead even more to the final 57-72. In Day Two, Poland will meet Bulgaria, while Holland will take on the defending champion France.

Group B
Ukraine - Russia 74-79
Russia grabbed 74-79 win against Ukraine in their first appearance at the U20 European Championship in Liepaja. Both teams are together with Latvia and Sweden placed to Preliminary Group B. Three best teams will advance to the next stage. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) paced Russia to victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. She was the Co-MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) was the second scorer for Russia with 12 and Yana Panevina (91) netted two points less. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) shined with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) had 14 pts (6 rebs, 5 as) and Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) added 13 points. Ukraine was better in the first, while Russia shined in the second half. Ukraine made nice 10-1 run at the beginning, but their rivals managed to cut the margin to 21-19 for rest of the first quarter. They made 23-24 turn at the beginning of Q2, but Ukraine retook the lead and went on the half time with decent 42-36. Anastasiya Shilova and her teammates were down by eight points at the start of Q3 and than they replied with 16-22 for minus two before the last ten minutes. At the halfway of the last quarter Russia jumped to 65-72 and later had no troubles to keep its lead. In Day Two in Liepaja, Russia will meet Latvia. Ukraine will play against Sweden.

Latvia - Sweden 87-41
Latvia destroyed Sweden in the opening day of U20 European Championship in Liepaja. The host of this event had no troubles to take an easy 87-41 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Ukraine and Russia. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was totally the best player of this game. She spent 26 minutes on the court registering double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Niedola reached valuation 34. Kristine Vitola (193-F-91) had 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Latvia. In Sweden, Beata Gullberg (178-G-90) scored 16 points. Maryam Gultekin (165-G-90) followed with three less. Latvia opened the game in style making 18-6 lead in the first quarter. It was clear that the home squad is too strong for Sweden, what they confirmed in the second period as well. Sabine Niedola was on fire and together with her teammates scored 22 points in the second frame. At the same time they stopped Sweden to just 5 for huge 40-11 lead at the half time. Question about the winner was resolved and the second half was just the formality. Still, Latvia didn't slow down and won Q3 with 25-7. Last period belonged to Sweden 22-23, who faced with huge 87-41 loss at the end. In Day Two in Liepaja, Latvia will play against Russia. Sweden will meet Ukraine.

Group C
Italy - Spain 50-74
Spain blasted Italy in Liepaja for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It was the first day of U20 European Championship for women. Beside Spain and Italy, participants of Group C are also Serbia and Germany. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) shined for the winners today with 17 points. She had just one miss for 22 minutes on the court and reached valuation 21. Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-F-91) secured a nice help with 14, while Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds. In Italy, Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) delivered 13 points. Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) had one less. First quarter was pretty leveled with neither of two teams making a bigger lead. Thanks to basket in the finish, Spain ended Q1 with plus one, 14-15. Than, Vega Gimeno Martinez and her teammates totally took control on Italy. First they made impressive 0-11 run and later created another one, this time 0-10. Second quarter ended 4-21 for Spain, who was 18-36 up at the half time. Italy woke up after the breather coming to minus 12, but not closer than that. With ten minutes left in the game Spain still had nice lead (38-52) and in the last quarter extended it even more (12-22) for the final 50-74. In Day Two, Spain will play against Germany. Italy will take on Serbia, who registered victory today.

Germany - Serbia 63-80
Serbia drained 80 points against Germany, what was more than enough for comfortable victory and 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It was the first day of U20 EuroBasket in Liepaja. Beside Serbia and Germany, participants of Group C are also Italy and Spain. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) also had double-double in this meeting: 14 points and 10 rebs. Another player with very important role in Serbia was Jovana Popovic (173-G-90), who was close to reach triple-double: 12 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. In Germany, Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) netted 14 points and Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) had one less.
Serbia had a great start. Sara Krnjic and her teammates created excellent 3-13 lead in the first five minutes. Germany was shocked and was not able to recover for rest of the opening period, facing with 15-27 deficit at the end of it. They somehow improved after that, but that was not enough as Q2 ended 15-15 and Serbia was still up by 12. Serbia resolved question about the winner in third frame. Germany closed the gap to 36-45, when Serbia started the crucial run and made 10-21 for 46-66 with ten minutes left. That last period belonged to Germany 17-14, but of course it was not enough even for a small treat.
In Day Two, Serbia will meet Italy, while Germany will play against Spain.


Group D
Belarus - Lithuania 56-74
Lithuania had a joyful Day One in Liepaja celebrating comfortable 56-74 win against Belarus. It was the opening game of U20 European Championship and Lithuania made it in style. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) was on fire in victory with 29 points. She also had 11 rebounds and 6 assists beside that. Solopova won the MVP title for this meeting as she registered valuation 34. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) helped her country with 15 points and 16 boards, while Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) added 11 pts and 5 boards. In Belarus, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) collected 17 points and 8 rebs. Maryna Ivashchanka (188-C-93) contributed with 15 pts and 9 boards in this defeat.
After 7-7 tie at the very beginning, Lithuania made 3-14 run for rest of the time in Q1. Belarus replied with 17-12 in the second frame closing the gap to 27-33 at the half time. Marina Solopova was unstoppable in offense and she helped Lithuania to reach 29-41 lead at the beginning of third quarter. Later they jumped to 40-55, but Zubrytskaya made two FTs to close Q3 with 42-55. Lithuania had nice Q4 as well (14-19) having no troubles to end this game in style.
In Day Two in Liepaja, Lithuania will play against Romania and another win is expected. Belarus will take on Turkey, who has 1-0.


Romania - Turkey 53-69
Turkey demonstrated nice performance in their first game in Liepaja. They were too strong for Romania jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group D, who also includes Lithuania and Belarus. Gonca Karatas (193-C-90) (5 rebs) and Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) delivered 12 points each for the winners. Their best ranked player was Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) with valuation 20. She spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 11 points and 16 rebounds. In Romania, Maria Manta (191-C-90) had 13 points and 10 rebs. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
Turkey did a great job in the first quarter. Tugce Canitez and her teammates opened the game with 4-12 run and later ended first period with 12-23 lead. Romania immediately replied with 12-2 series closing the gap to one single point in 15th minute. It was 30-30 tie when Gezgin closed the first half with the buzzer triple, brining her team plus 3. Turkey totally took control on Romania in Q3 and managed to end it with 9-17 for 39-50 with ten minutes to go. Maria Manta was the only Romanian player in a game mood, but that was not enough. Turkey finished last quarter with 14-19 for the final 53-69 victory in Day One.
Turkey will meet Belarus on Friday. Romania will play against strong Lithuania.



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