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Final Standings
1. Spain
2. Russia
3. Poland
4. Serbia
5. France
6. Ukraine
7. Italy
8. U.Kingdom
9. Turkey
10. Holland
11. Lithuania
12. Latvia
13. Slovakia
14. Belarus
15. Germany
16 Romania
Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Iagupova, UKR16.6 
 2. Malashenko, UKR16.4 
 3. Krnjic, SRB15.8 
 4. Greinacher, GER14.9 
 5. Yavas, TUR14.8 
 6. Okockyte, LTU14.1 
 7. Misiuk, POL13.1 
 8. Zietara, POL13.0 
 9. Maznichenko, UKR13.0 
 10. Niedola, LAT12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monika GRIGALAUSKYTE
  (187-F-92)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Grigalauskyt., LTU13.9 
 2. Ural, TUR13.4 
 3. Van Grinsven, NED11.6 
 4. Minte, FRA11.6 
 5. Krnjic, SRB11.4 
 6. Malashenko, UKR9.9 
 7. Vitola, LAT9.8 
 8. Svaryte, LTU9.3 
 9. Greinacher, GER9.2 
 10. Niedola, LAT9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (181-G-92)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Iagupova, UKR5.6 
 2. Panevina, RUS3.2 
 3. Zietara, POL3.0 
 4. Yavas, TUR3.0 
 5. Kuras, POL3.0 
 6. Rodriguez Ma., ESP3.0 
 7. Bestagno, ITA2.9 
 8. Niedola, LAT2.9 
 9. Cora, TUR2.8 
 10. Colic, SRB2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Queralt CASAS
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Casas, ESP3.4 
 2. Ursu, ROM2.6 
 3. Butter, NED2.4 
 4. Iagupova, UKR2.3 
 5. Takmaz, TUR2.3 
 6. Bigica, ROM2.3 
 7. Ble, ESP2.2 
 8. Tognalini, ITA2.1 
 9. Markovic, SRB2.0 
 10. Oravcova, SVK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ella CLARK
  ENG
  (190-F-92)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Clark, ENG1.8 
 2. Ajdukovic, SRB1.7 
 3. Vitola, LAT1.5 
 4. Van Grinsven, NED1.4 
 5. Krnjic, SRB1.4 
 6. Tarasova, RUS1.3 
 7. Iagupova, UKR1.3 
 8. Eustache, FRA1.2 
 9. Greinacher, GER1.1 
 10. Filonchyk, BLR1.1 
European Championships U20 Standings
Group E
1. Russia 4-1
2. Serbia 3-2
3. Poland 3-2
4. Ukraine 3-2
5. Lithuania 1-4
6. Turkey 1-4
Group F
1. Spain 5-0
2. France 3-2
3. Italy 3-2
4. U.Kingdom 2-3
5. Latvia 1-4
6. Holland 1-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Slovakia 5-1
2. Belarus 4-2
3. Germany 2-4
4. Romania 1-5
 
European Championships U20 Standings
Group A
1. Poland 3-1
2. Serbia 3-1
3. Ukraine 2-2
4. Germany 0-4
Group B
1. Russia 4-0
2. Lithuania 2-2
3. Turkey 1-3
4. Romania 0-4
Group C
1. France 4-0
2. Italy 3-1
3. Holland 1-3
4. Belarus 1-3
Group D
1. Spain 4-0
2. Slovakia 2-2
3. Latvia 1-3
4. U.Kingdom 1-3
 


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


Spain U20 2011
Starting five
#s#
Queralt Casas
Casas
Amaya Gastaminza
Gastaminza
Vega Gimeno Martinez
Gimeno Martinez
Vanessa Ble
Ble
Mariona Ortiz
Ortiz
#e#5
4 Leonor Rodriguez Manso 181-G-91 Florida St. USA
5 Queralt Casas 180-G-92 Mann Filter Spain
6 Amaya Gastaminza 189-F-91 Perfumerias Spain
7 Tanja Perez 183-G-91 CBF Sarria Spain
8 Miriam Foraste 190-C-91
9 Laura Arroyo 182-F-91 Pais Vasco Spain
10 Mireia Vila 183-F-91 St.Joseph's USA
11 Vega Gimeno Martinez 183-F-91 Rivas Ecopolis Spain
12 Arantxa Mallou 181-G-91 Ensino Spain
13 Vanessa Ble 190-C/F-91 Cadi la Seu Spain
14 Laura Gil Collado 190-C-92 Perfumerias Spain
15 Mariona Ortiz 183-G-92 Girona Spain

Lucas Mondelo Head Coach Perfumerias Spain
Anna Caula Assistant
Cesar Ruperez Assistant Navarra Spain


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2011 - Jul 26, 2011

Eurobasket.com All-ECH U20 1st Team 2011
#s#
Queralt Casas
Casas
Alina Iagupova
Iagupova
Anastasiya Shilova
Shilova
Malgorzata Misiuk
Misiuk
Sara Krnjic
Krnjic
#e#5

Best Player: Queralt Casas (180-G-92) of Spain
Best Guard: Queralt Casas (180-G-92) of Sparin
Best Forward: Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) of Poland
Best Center: Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of Serbia
Best Coach: Lucas Mondelo of Spain

1st Team
G: Alina Iagupova (181-92) of Ukraine
G: Queralt Casas (180-92) of Spain
F/G: Anastasiya Shilova (185-91) of Russia
F: Malgorzata Misiuk (184-91) of Poland
C: Sara Krnjic (193-91) of Serbia

2nd Team
G/F: Ayse Cora (175-93) of Turkey
G: Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-91) of Spain
F: Olesia Malashenko (189-91) of Ukraine
F: Monika Grigalauskyte (187-92) of Lithuania
F: Hhadydia Minte (187-91) of France

3rd Team
G/F: Magdalena Zietara (170-92) of Poland
G: Ozge Yavas (174-91) of Turkey
F: Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-89) of Holland
F/C: Sonja Greinacher (188-92) of Germany
C/F: Kristine Vitola (196-91) of Latvia

Honorable Mention
Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) of Romania
Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) of Lithuania
Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) of France
Ella Clark (190-F-92) of United Kingdom
Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) of Italy
Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) of Ukraine
Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) of Belarus
Yana Panevina (168-G-91) of Russia



Division A: Spain dethrones Russia, wins the Gold in Novi Sad! - Jul 17, 2011

FINAL

Russia - Spain 53-62
Spain is the winner of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They dethroned defending champion Russia 62-53 in the Big Final. Same teams met in the 2010 Finals as well, but Russia celebrated in that meeting. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) was a key player in Spain with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) had 9 points and 5 rebounds, while Vega Gimeno Martinez helped with 8 points. In the loosing squad, Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) shined with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) (6 rebs), Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) and Yana Panevina (168-G-91) scored 6 points each. Spain opened this game with quick 4-10 lead and managed to keep plus 6 for rest of the first quarter, 10-16. They jumped to plus 10 at the halfway of the second period and Yana Panevina cut the margin to 21-29 at the HT. Russia shined after the breather making 14-5 run and it was their first lead in this meeting, which they were not able to keep for rest of the Q3. Spain made 40-42 with 10:00 to go. For the next seven minutes Spain exploded with 3-15 run and resolved question about the winner. They closed this meeting in style winning the Gold medal in Novi Sad. Silver belongs to Russia.
Places 3-4
Poland - Serbia 67-65
Poland won the Bronze at U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They met the host of this event and handed them 67-65 loss in a game for third place. It was a very exciting meeting and everything was open until the very end. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) once again was the leading player in Poland with 16 points. Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) followed her with 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) added 9 pts and 10 boards. For the hosts, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) shined with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Neda Nikolic (181-F/C-91) scored 13 points and Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) added 11 pts, plus 10 boards. Poland made 19-17 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 10 until the halftime, 41-31. However, Sara Krnjic and her teammates replied with 13-23 after the breather and everything was open again. Poland went to last 30 seconds with 64-63 lead, but Ajdukovic made a lay-up for Serbia with 20 second remaining. Kuras answered with a lay-up for Poland and Serbia had a possession with 14 seconds to go. Marina Markovic tried to make it from behind the arc, but she missed and Poland grabbed the ball. Agnieszka Sniezek drew a foul and made one free throw for Poland with 2 second to go. There was not enough time for Serbia and Markovic tried from very difficult position and of course missed. Poland won the game and the Bronze in Novi Sad. Serbia stays without the medal.
Places 5-6
France - Ukraine 63-62
France won the fifth place at U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They grabbed 63-62 thriller win against France in the last day of the competition. Ukraine is the sixth ranked team at this event. Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) exploded with double-double of 15 points and 21 rebounds for France. She reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) had 14 points and Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) added four points less. In Ukraine, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) collected 21 points and 8 rebounds. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) (5 rebs) had 14 pts, while Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) added 12 pts, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Isabelle Strunc made a jump shot with 2 seconds left to secure the victory for France. Quarters: 14-16, 19-14, 14-14, 16-18. Both teams will compete again in Division A.
Places 7-8
United Kingdom - Italy 48-60
Italy celebrated in the last day of the competition in Novi Sad. They outplayed United Kingdom 80-48 to win the seventh place at U20 EuroBasket. UK ended as No.8 and of course both teams will compete in Division A again. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) was better than the others in victory with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) had 12 pts and 6 boards, while Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) added 11 points. In UK, Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) also scored 10, while Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) stopped to 8 points. Quarters: 8-19, 14-16, 10-7, 16-18. Italy and UK failed in the Quarterfinals of this event. Italy lost against Serbia 55-60, while UK faced with 37-68 defeat against Russia.
Places 13-16, Group G
Romania - Germany 50-44
This game was just the formality as everything was clear even before it. Both teams faced with relegation from Division A. Romania handed 50-44 loss to Germany today, but it is just their first win at this event. Romania ended the last ranked team in Novi Sad, while Germany is No.15 with 2-4 record in Group G. Romania has 1-5. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) led Romania to victory today with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. She reached valuation 27 and was the MVP of this meeting. Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) had 11 points and 7 boards, while Alina Craciun (194-C-93) added 8 pts and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Julia Kohlmann (172-G-92) stopped to 10 pts and Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (180-F-91) (5 rebs) added one point less. Quarters: 8-16, 4-13, 18-9, 20-6.

Slovakia - Belarus 43-53
Both teams survived in Division A. Belarus celebrated in the last day of competition handing 53-43 loss to Slovakia. However, that didn't change anything in Group G. Slovakia won this pool with almost perfect 5-1 record, while Belarus is No.2 with 4-2 score. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) and Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) stepped up for the winners with 14 points and 8 rebounds each. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) followed them with 9 pts. On the other side, Slovakia got 13 points from Angelika Slamova (172-G-94). Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) had 9 points and 6 boards. Quarters: 6-13, 6-9, 11-19, 20-12. As mentioned above, both teams will play in Division A next year.


Division A: Russia and Spain to fight for the Gold again - Jul 16, 2011

Semifinals

Spain - Serbia 75-38

For the second straight time Spain will play in the Finals of U20 EuroBasket. Once again their rival will be Russia, who beat Spain last year to win the Gold. Spain destroyed Serbia this evening 75-38 to reach the Big Final. The host of this event will meet Poland in the game for third place. Spain was a way better team from the beginning. They made 16-6 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 24-14 in Q2. Spain totally took control ion Serbia in third quarter and stopped them to just 4 points, while they drained 21 on the other side. The game winner was already decided and last ten minutes were just the formality (14-14). Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris) was the leading scorer in Spain with 16 points. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) had 11 points and 6 rebounds, and Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 10 pts, plus 11 boards. In Serbia, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) collected 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) had 12 points and 11 boards in this meeting. All other players scored 12 points in total and their valuation was in minus, mostly. Sunday is the last day of the championship.

Russia - Poland 68-52
Russia will have a chance to defend their title from the last year. They cruised past Poland 68-52 in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. Russia will fight for the Gold against Spain. These two teams met in the 2010 Finals as well. On the other side, Poland will play against Serbia in the game for third place. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) exploded with 23 points and 10 rebounds in this meeting. She reached valuation 26 and was the MVP. Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Yana Panevina (168-G-91) helped with 9 points, 5 rebs and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) was better than the others with 16 points. Their second scorer was Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) with 10 points. Quarters: 17-11, 11-21, 18-6, 22-14. Sunday is the last day of the competition.
Places 5-8
United Kingdom - France 39-55
France made a first step forward to fifth place in Novi Sad. They handed 55-39 loss to United Kingdom today thanks to great second half. In order to grab this spot France will have to beat Ukraine tomorrow. On the other side, UK will meet Italy in the battle for the seventh place. Linda Boubsaa (165-G-91) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) had 12 points and Touty Gandega (170-G-91) added 11 points, plus 5 boards. In defeat, Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Ella Clark (190-F-92) stopped to 10 points in this meeting. Quarters: 8-9, 13-7, 8-16, 10-23. Sunday is the last day of the championship.

Ukraine - Italy 86-51
It was the first game of the Classification Round from 5th to 8th place. Ukraine successfully passed they first obstacle as they blasted Italy 86-51. Tomorrow, Ukraine will meet France in the battle for fifth place. Italy will play against United Kingdom in the game for position No.7. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) almost had triple-double for Ukraine today: 24 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also was great as she added 22 points and 15 rebounds. Third scorer in victory was Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) with 18 points and she also had 8 boards, plus 5 assists beside that. In Italy, Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) top-scored with 14 points. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) (5 rebs) had 10 and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) (9 rebs) stopped to 8 points in this meeting. Quarters: 25-11, 22-14, 20-10, 19-16.
Places 9-10
Holland - Turkey 58-75
Turkey finished U20 EuroBasket with two straight wins. They outplayed Holland today 75-58 to end as No.9 at this event. On the other side, Holland finished as tenth ranked team in Novi Sad. Turkey shined in the first and last quarter, what was enough for comfortable victory. Their leading scorers were Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) (7 rebs) and Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) with 15 points each. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) followed them with one point less, while Esra Ural (198-C-91) added 10 points and 14 rebs. In Holland, Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) shined with 15 points and 6 boards. Their second scorer was Zera Butter (179-G-92) with 13 points. Quarters: 10-21, 11-11, 16-11, 21-32. Both teams will also compete in Division A next year.
Places 11-12
Lithuania - Latvia 76-67
Lithuania finished as No.11 of the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They outplayed Latvia today 76-67 to win this spot. Latvia ended as the twelfth ranked team at this event. Lithuania had five players with double-digits in scoring today. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) was the leading one with 16 points and she also grabbed 9 rebounds beside that. Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) had 15 pts, while Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) (5 as) and Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) added 14 points and 6 rebounds each. In Latvia, Kristine Brance (176-G/F-91) delivered 15 points. Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) had 11 points and 7 rebs. Quarters: 21-17, 17-20, 17-15, 21-15. Both teams will play next year in Division A as well.
Places 13-16
Germany - Belarus 65-83
Belarus secured survival in Division A. They cruised past Germany today 83-65 for 3-2 record in Group G. Germany was better than Belarus by two in the first meeting, so even before the last round Belarus secured the second place in this pool. Germany dropped to 2-3 and they will be relegated to Division B. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) once again was the leading player in victory. She spent 35 minutes on the court collecting 22 points and 10 rebounds. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) had 18 points and 5 boards, and Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebs. In Germany, Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) collected 13 points and 15 rebs. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) and Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) had 12 and points respectively. Quarters: 18-17, 16-18, 11-19, 20-29.

Romania - Slovakia 50-65
Slovakia registered fifth straight win in Group G. They were too strong for Romania once again 65-50 straying on top of this pool with 5-0. Of course, Slovakia already secured the first place in Group G and survival in Division A. Romania will face with relegation. They have poor 0-5. Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) posted 12 points each for the winners. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) followed with 10 points and 6 rebounds. In Romania, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) collected 19 points and 5 rebs. Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) had 14 pts and was the last one with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 20-15, 10-16, 9-18, 11-16.


Division A: Russia, Poland, Spain and Serbia advance to Semifinals - Jul 16, 2011

Quarterfinals

Spain - Ukraine
67-57
Spain outplayed Ukraine 67-57 in the Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. It means that Spain advanced to Semis, where they will meet Serbia. On the other side, Ukraine will be transferred to Classification Round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up for Spain with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) added 12 pts, 5 rebs and 6 assists. In Ukraine, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) and Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) (7 rebs) followed with 12 and 11 points respectively. Ukraine opened the game better as they made 9-13 lead in the first ten minutes. Olesia Malashenko and her teammates jumped to plus 7 at the halftime and were looking good. However, Spain drastically improved after the breather and they closed the gap to 3 pts before the last ten minutes. They stopped Ukraine to 11 pts in Q4, while scoring 24 on the other side, what at the end was enough for comfortable victory in the Quarterfinals. Championship continues on Saturday.

Serbia - Italy 60-55
Serbia advanced to Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. The host of this event edged Italy 60-55 in the Qfinals. Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) had 12 points and 9 boards, while Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) added 10 points and 9 rebs. In Italy, Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) top-scored with 15 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) (7 rebs) and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) (5 rebs) netted 9 points each. Serbia made 17-13 lead in the first ten minutes and extended it to five until the halftime (32-27). Marina Markovic and her teammates shined after the breather and grabbed double-digit lead against their rival. With ten minutes to go it was 49-38 for the hosts. However, Italy didnt give up and they closed the gap to 57-55 with 12 seconds remaining in the game. Alessandra Tava was the one who score a triple for Italy and brought them so close. Colic scored one free throw for Serbia after that (58-55) and Italy had the possession. Federica Tognalini tried for 3 and she missed. Tijana Ajdukovic made a lay-up on the other side and sealed a victory for Serbia. Serbia will meet Spain in the Semifinals. Italy is transferred to Classification Round. They will fight for the fifth place.

Russia - United Kingdom 68-37
Russia exploded in the EuroBasket Quarterfinals. They destroyed United Kingdom 68-37 in Novi Sad today. Poland was too strong for France 62-47, so Russia and Poland will meet each other in the Semis. Russia took control on UK from the very beginning. They made double-digit lead already in the first quarter, 20-8. UK slightly improved after that, but was not able to avoid 15-point deficit at the HT. Nothing has changed after the breather as Russia won Q3 with 13-6 and question about the winner was resolved. Last quarter also belonged to Russia 19-10 for the final 68-37 blowout. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) (6 rebs) and Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) scored 13 points each for the winners. Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) had 12 points and 8 boards, while Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. In the loosing squad Ella Clark (190-F-92) (5 rebs) and Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) netted 9 pts each. Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) followed them with 2 points less. Semifinals will be played on Saturday. UK will be transferred to Classification Games from 5th to 8th place.

France - Poland 47-62
Poland advanced to Semifinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They handed 62-47 loss to France in the QFinals. Also today, Russia was too strong for UK 68-37, so Poland already got their rival in the Semis. On the other side, France will be transferred to Classification Round. They will fight for the fifth place at this event. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) shined for the winners with 19 points. Their second scorer was Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) with 10 pts and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) followed her with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In France, Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) delivered 16 points. Touty Gandega (170-G-91) (7 rebs) and Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) (14 rebs) had 11 and 8 points respectively. Third period was the crucial one in this game as Poland won it 9-19. Quarters: 15-15, 8-12, 9-19, 15-16. Championship continues on Saturday.
Places 9-12
Latvia - Turkey 51-64
Turkey celebrated 64-51 win against Latvia on Friday evening. It is the first step forward to ninth place at the U20 EuroBasket. If Turkey wants to win this spot, they will have to beat Holland today. On the other side, Latvia will meet Lithuania in Baltic derby. The winner will end as No.11. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) shined in Turkey with 23 points. She made four triples in this meeting. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) (5 rebs) and Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) netted 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 12 points and 7 rebs. Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) followed with 11 pts and 8 rebs. Quarters: 12-21, 18-17, 13-9, 8-17. Today will be the last day of the championship for both teams.

Lithuania - Holland 56-68
Holland made first step forward to ninth place in Novi Sad. They met Lithuania yesterday and handed them 68-56 loss. Turkey was better than Latvia, so Holland will meet Turkey in the battle for position nine. On the other side, Lithuania and Latvia will meet in a game for the 11th place. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) was a key player in victory with 20 points and 14 rebounds. She reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) had 16 pts and 5 boards, while Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) helped with 11 pts. In defeat, Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) delivered 16 points. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) had double-double of 10 points and 12 boards, while Monika Grigalauskyte added 8 pts and 11 rebs. Quarters: 14-14, 19-22, 9-11, 14-21.
Places 13-16
Slovakia - Germany 58-41
Slovakia registered fourth straight win in Group G. They outplayed Germany once again 58-41 for 4-0 record this pool. It means that Slovakia already secured survival in Division A. On the other side, Germany dropped to 2-2. They will meet Belarus today in do-or-die. Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) came up with 18 points for the winners. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) secured a nice help with 13 points and 7 rebs, while third scorer in this victory was Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) with 8 pts. In Germany, Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) collected 14 points and 6 rebs. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) stopped to 8 pts and 6 boards this time. Quarters: 12-11, 11-2, 12-12, 23-16. Slovakia will play against Romania in the next meeting.

Belarus - Romania 72-53
Belarus registered second win in Group G. They cruised past Romania 72-53 joining Germany with 2-2 record. These two teams will fight for the second place and survival in Division A. Romania is already relegated as they have 0-4 at this moment. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) shined for the winners with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) helped with 8 pts and 7 rebs. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) collected 21 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) with 13 pts. Quarters: 21-19, 17-13, 17-16, 17-5. Belarus will meet Germany in the next game. It will be the crucial meeting for both teams. Romania will play against Slovakia.


Division A: Qualifying Round is over, Quarterfinals set - Jul 14, 2011
Group E
Poland - Turkey 48-69
Turkey celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. They outplayed Poland 69-48, but that didnt help Turkey to avoid the last place in Group E. They ended this stage with 1-4 record. On the other side, Poland dropped to third place with 3-2 record. They will meet France in the Quarterfinals. Turkey will continue in Classification Round from 9-12 place. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) led Turkey in this game with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Esra Ural (198-C-91) had 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) added 10 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) was the best scorer with only 10 points. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magdalena Idziorek (175-G-92) netted 9 pts each. Quarters: 5-24, 13-16, 14-11, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Lithuania - Ukraine 68-71
Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Lithuania. Ukraine grabbed 71-68 victory which secured them a spot for the Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They ended Qualifying Round as No.4 of Group E with 3-2 record. On the other side, Lithuania dropped to fifth place with 1-4. They will be transferred to Classification Games from 9-12 place. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined in this crucial meeting with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) also helped with double-double of 13 points and 13 rebs. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) collected 17 points and 8 rebounds in loss. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) and Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) (8 rebs) added 16 and 13 points respectively. Quarters: 13-22, 20-13, 19-18, 16-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Russia - Serbia 74-65
It was the crucial game for the first place in Qualifying Group E. Russia managed to beat the host of U20 EuroBasket 74-65 winning this pool with almost perfect 4-1 record. Serbia dropped to second place with 3-2. Of course, both teams advanced to Quarterfinals. There, Russia will meet United Kingdom, while Serbia will play against Italy. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) was a key player for the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) and Yana Panevina (168-G-91) helped with 14 points each. In defeat, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Their second scorer and at the same time the last one with double-digits was Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) with 14 pts. Quarters: 14-11, 20-19, 30-13, 10-22. Quarterfinals will be played on Friday.
Group F
Italy - Latvia 70-61
Italy managed to beat Latvia in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. Thanks to this win Italy jumped to third place in Group F with 3-2 record. They will meet Serbia in the Quarterfinals. Latvia dropped to fifth place (1-4) and failed to reach the next stage. They will be transferred to Classification Round from 9-12 place. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) exploded in this game with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) helped Italy with 12 points and 6 rebounds each. In the loosing squad, Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) delivered 17 points and Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) (6 rebs) had three less. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) stopped to 13 pts and 11 rebs in this meeting. Quarters: 18-16, 21-12, 17-15, 14-18. Championship continues on Friday.

Spain - France 68-33
Spain stays undefeated at the U20 EuroBasket, Division A. They blasted France 68-33 in the last game of the Qualifying Round winning the first place with Group F with perfect 5-0 record. Spain will meet Ukraine in the Quarterfinals. France also reached the next stage, but as No.2 of this pool with 3-2 record. Their rival in the QFinals will be Poland. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Laura Arroyo (182-F-91) was the second scorer with 11 points and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) added 10 points, plus 9 boards. France did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best player was Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) stopped to 6 pts. Quarters: 16-9, 15-9, 19-11, 18-4. Championship continues on Friday.

United Kingdom - Holland 66-70
Holland celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 70-66, but it was too late for Holland who ended as the last ranked team of Group F with 1-4 record. Despite this defeat, United Kingdom is No.4 in this pool with 2-3 score. They advanced to Quarterfinals and will meet No.1 of Group E - Russia. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) shined for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) also was great with double-double of 18 points and 12 boards, while Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) added 13 pts and 5 rebs. In UK, Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) was better than the others with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) and Kristie Sheils (170-G-91) netted 11 points each. Quarters: 19-17, 13-18, 15-18, 19-17. All Quarterfinals games will be played on Friday. Holland will be transferred to Classification Round (place 9-12).
Group G, Places 13-16
Germany - Romania 65-50
Germany made a big step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 65-50 loss to Romania for 2-1 record in Group G. Germany is currently the second ranked team in this pool. On the other side, Romania dropped to 0-3. They are very close to relegation. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) erupted with 25 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. She reached valuation 33 and of course was the MVP of this meeting. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) scored 19 pts, while Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 8 pts and 13 boards. In defeat, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 13 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 9-12, 12-11, 26-16, 18-11. Championship continues on Friday.

Belarus - Slovakia 49-60
Slovakia registered third straight win in Classification Group G. This time Slovakia was too strong for Belarus 60-49 jumping to perfect 3-0 in this pool. They are very close to secure the survival in Division A. Belarus on the other side dropped to third place with 1-2 score. They will have to improve in the last three rounds in order to avoid relegation. Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) was better than the others in victory with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) helped with 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) collected 16 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Maryia Papova (186-F-94) with 9 points (8 rebs). Quarters: 10-14, 11-15, 15-21, 13-10. Next round is scheduled for Friday.


Division A: Second games of the Qualifying Round - Jul 12, 2011  
Group E
Turkey - Ukraine 62-74
Ukraine made a big step forward to Quarterfinals of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They outplayed Turkey 74-62 improving to 2-2 record in Qualifying Group E. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) once again was the leading scorer in Ukraine with 21 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. However, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was their best player with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting as well with valuation 28. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) helped with 13 points and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds, while Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 19 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 23-17, 13-14, 11-20, 15-23.
Tomorrow, Ukraine will meet Lithuania and it could be the crucial game for both teams. Turkey (0-4) will meet Poland, but it is already clear that Turkey lost all chances to reach the Quarterfinals.

Poland - Russia 72-66
Poland did a great job today in Novi Sad. They outplayed Russia 72-66 joining them on top of Group E with 3-1 record. Both teams already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals and tomorrow will be decided who will be the winner of this pool. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for Poland with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) also scored 15 pts and Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) added three points less. In the loosing squad, Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) had 17 points and 10 boards, while Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) added 16 pts and 5 rebs. Quarters: 12-9, 18-18, 19-21, 23-18.
Tomorrow, Poland will meet Turkey. In case of win Poland will end as No.1 of Group E. Russia will play against Serbia.

Serbia - Lithuania 78-72
Serbia secured a spot for the U20 EuroBasket Quarterfinals. They outplayed Lithuania 78-72 this evening for 3-1 record in Group A. Russia and Poland have the same score in this pool. On the other side, Lithuania slipped to 1-3. They will meet Ukraine in do-or-die game tomorrow. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) stepped up for Serbia with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) had 18 and Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) added 16 points, plus 5 boards. In Lithuania, Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) delivered 18 points. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) stopped to 10 pts each. Quarters: 22-26, 18-13, 21-10, 17-23. Serbia will play against Russia tomorrow.
Group F
Latvia - Holland 67-58
It was a game between two winless teams of the Qualifying Group F. Latvia (1-3) managed to beat Holland 67-58 and to keep its Quarterfinals hopes alive. On the other side, Holland (0-4) already lost all chances to reach the next stage. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) exploded with 18 points and 18 rebounds and she was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 32. Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) was third scorer in victory with 15 points. In Holland, Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) was better than the others scoring 15 points for 15 minutes on the court. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) followed her with 12 pts and 7 rebounds.
Tomorrow, Latvia will meet Italy and will hope that Holland will beat UK. Of course, victory against Italy is a must for Latvia.

France - United Kingdom 50-62
United Kingdom surprised France in Zrenjanin today. UK celebrated 62-50 victory and it is the first loss for France at this event. Thanks to this win, UK jumped to 2-2 in Group B and has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. France slipped to 3-1 and despite this loss already booked a ticket for the next stage. Ella Clark (190-F-92) was a key player for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) had 12 points and 6 boards, while Jessica Hurd (182-F-92) helped with 9 points and 7 rebs. Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) responded with 14 points and 9 boards in defeat. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) stopped to 10 pts this time. Quarters: 18-21, 4-6, 12-16, 16-19.
In the last day of the Qualifying Round, United Kingdom will meet winless Netherlands. France will take on Spain.

Italy - Spain 39-65
Spain extended their winning streak in Zrenjanin. They handed 65-39 loss to Italy for perfect 4-0 record in the Qualifying Group B. Spain will meet France tomorrow and the winner will end as No.1 in this pool. On the other side, Italy slipped to 2-2. They will play against Latvia tomorrow. Laura Gil Collado (190-C-92, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) had 10 points and 6 rebs, while Queralt Casas (180-G-92) added 8 pts. In Italy, Virginia Galbiati (175-G/F-92) delivered 7 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) and Valeria De Pretto (182-F-91) had 6 pts each. Quarters: 16-16, 3-8, 4-22, 16-19.
Group G, Places 13-16
Slovakia - Romania 54-33
Slovakia made another step forward to survival in Division A. They handed 54-33 loss to Romania for 2-0 record in Group G. On the other side, Romania is still in the red zone with 0-2. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 12 points. Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) secured a great help adding 8 points and 20 rebounds, while Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) also scored 8 pts. In the loosing squad, Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) stopped to 7 pts. Quarters: 12-12, 16-2, 18-7, 8-12.
Tomorrow, Slovakia will meet Belarus. Romania will play against Germany.

Belarus - Germany 71-73
Germany made the first win in Group G. They failed yesterday against Slovakia, but today Germany grabbed 73-71 win against Belarus. Both teams have 1-1 record now. Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) scored 15 points for the winners and Christina Schnorr (187-F-92) added 14 points, plus 6 boards. Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) collected 11 pts and 9 rebs. Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) responded with 26 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 13 pts and 9 rebs, while Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) added 10 pts and 7 rebs. Quarters: 19-15, 12-21, 19-16, 21-21. Tomorrow, Germany will meet Romania. Slovakia will play against Slovakia.


Division A: First games of the Qualifying Round - Jul 12, 2011
Group E
Ukraine - Russia 54-61
Russia made a huge step forward to Quarterfinals in Novi Sad. They outplayed Ukraine 61-54 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group E. Russia stays the main candidate to win this pool. On the other side, Ukraine dropped to 1-2. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) stepped up with 14 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) followed with 11 points and 6 boards, while Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) added 10 points and 7 rebounds. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) shined with 18 points and 7 rebs. Their second scorer was Krystyna Matsko (182-F-91) with 12 points. Russia made 15-17 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 10-17 until the breather. However, Ukraine shined in Q3 and won that period 15-10. Russia took control on their rivals for rest of the meeting (14-17) and celebrated 54-61 victory at the end.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Russia will meet Poland. Ukraine will take on Turkey.

Turkey - Serbia 53-64
Valuable win for the host of U20 EuroBasket 2011. Serbia was better than Turkey 64-53 improving to 2-1 record in Qualifying Group E. They currently share the second place with Poland. On the other side, Turkey dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the winners. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) exploded with double-double of 14 points and 18 rebounds, while Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) added 12 pts. In defeat, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) had 14 points, while Esra Ural (198-C-91) shined with 12 pts and 21 rebounds. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) stopped to 9 pts and 8 boards in this meeting. Serbia had amazing second half and thanks to it they grabbed this win. Quarters: (18-17, 16-11, 11-20, 8-16).
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Serbia will play against Lithuania and Turkey will meet Ukraine.

Lithuania - Poland 60-67
Poland managed to beat Lithuania 67-60 in the first game of the Qualifying Round in Novi Sad. Both teams had 1-1 before this meeting and Poland currently shares the second place of Group E with Serbia. Lithuania is No.4 at this moment. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) shined for the winners with double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Monika Jasnowska (182-G/F-92) scored 14 points and Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) helped with 9 points, plus 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) top-scored with 14 points. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) (5 rebs) and Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) (5 rebs) had 13 and 12 points respectively. Poland did a great job in the last ten minutes to win this game. Quarters: 16-14, 17-12, 14-16, 13-25.
In the second game of the Qualifying Round, Poland will meet Russia. Lithuania will take on the host of this event - Serbia.
Group F
Holland - Spain 36-73
Another victory for Spain in Zrenjanin. Spain was perfect in Preliminary Round and they continued in the same rhythm in Qualifying Round as well. This time Spain destroyed Holland 73-36 for 3-0 record in Group F and now shares the first place with also perfect France. Holland joined Latvia with 0-3 in this pool. Holland started the game better making 17-14 lead in the first ten minutes, but that was all from them last night. Spain replied with 10-24 in Q2 and kept them scoreless for the entire third period (0-16). Last ten minutes were just the formality and Spain ended this game with huge 73-36. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (181-G-91) (5 rebs) scored 14 and Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) (8 rebs) helped with two points less. In Holland, Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) delivered 13 points and Tamlyn De Groot (186-C-91) stopped to 6.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, Spain will meet Italy. Holland will meet Latvia and will try to grab the first win.

United Kingdom - Italy 36-44
Valuable win for Italy at the start of the Qualifying Round in Zrenjanin. They outplayed United Kingdom 44-36 improving to 2-1 record in Group F. At the same time, UK dropped to 1-2. Italy opened the game better as they made 6-13 lead in the first period, but UK answered with 14-8 for rest of the first half. Third quarter belonged to Italy 9-12 and they managed to extend their lead in the last ten minutes to the final 36-44. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) scored 13 and Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) followed with 8 pts. In UK, Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) collected 10 points and 9 rebounds. Their second scorer was Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) with 8 pts (6 rebs).
Italy will meet powerful Spain in the next meeting. UK will take on also perfect France.

Latvia - France 62-75
France demonstrated another great performance in Zrenjanin. This time France outplayed Latvia 75-62 for perfect 3-0 record in Qualifying Group B. They share the first place in this pool with Spain. On the other side, Latvia stays winless with 0-3. Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) and Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) scored 15 points each for France, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) also helped her team with 11 points in this meeting. In Latvia, Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 25. Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) had 11 points and 7 rebounds, while Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) added 9 pts and 8 rebs. Last ten minutes were the crucial as France smashed their rivals with 5-17. Quarters: 25-20, 19-21, 13-17, 5-17.
In Day Two of the Qualifying Round, France will meet United Kingdom. Latvia will take on Holland, who is also winless in this stage.
Group G, Places 13-16
Germany - Slovakia 46-55
Slovakia made the first step forward to avoid elimination from Division A. They outplayed Germany 55-46 for 1-0 record in Group G. Slovakia made 20-12 lead in the first ten minutes and jumped to plus 12 until the halftime. Germany slightly improved after that, but was not able to make a turn. Third period ended with 12-13 for Germany and last ten minutes were tied at 12-12 so Slovakia celebrated valuable 55-46 win at the end. Barbora Balintova (173-G-94) top-scored in victory with 12 points. Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) had 11 and Marta Palenikova (184-G/F-92) added 8 points, plus 5 boards. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) answered with 21 points and 11 rebounds in loss. Their second scorer was Julia Gaudermann (166-PG-92) with 7 pts.
In the next game, Slovakia will meet Romania. Germany will take on Belarus.

Romania - Belarus 50-64
It was the first game of Group G, where four teams fight for two places to avoid relegation from Division A. Belarus made the first move as they beat Romania 64-50 for 1-0 record in this pool. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) shined for the winners of this meeting with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maryna Ivashchanka (190-C-93) had double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) also helped with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 13 pts and Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 10 points, plus 9 boards. Quarters: 14-20, 14-21, 7-14, 15-9. In the next meeting, Romania will meet Slovakia. On the other side, Belarus will take on Germany. Yesterday, Slovakia was better than Germany 55-46 so Slovakia and Belarus are together on top now. Romania and Germany are in the red zone.


Division A: Preliminary Round is over in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin - Jul 10, 2011

GROUP A

U20 Poland - U20 Ukraine 57-62
Ukraine was better than Poland 62-57 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Novi Sad. There is a three-way tie on top of Group A now with Ukraine, Poland and Serbia all having 2-1 record. In this circle Serbia is No.1, Poland is No.2 and third place belongs to Ukraine despite this win. All of them advanced to the Qualifying Round (Group E). Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) erupted with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) had 16 points and 9 boards, while Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) helped with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebs. In Poland, Dorota Mistygacz (183-F/C-92) shined with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) (8 rebs) and Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 11-15, 12-21, 9-11, 25-15. Competition continues on Monday. Participants of Group E are also Russia, Lithuania and Turkey.

Poland: Dorota Mistygacz 12+11 boards, Malgorzata Misiuk 10+8 boards, Magdalena Zietara 9
Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 16+10 boards+7 as, Olga Maznichenko 16+9 boards, Olesia Malashenko 13+10 boards


U20 Serbia - U20 Germany 82-68
Serbia is the winner of Preliminary Group A in Novi Sad. They outplayed Germany 82-68 for 2-1 record in this pool. The host of U20 EuroBasket advanced to the Qualifying Round and will be placed in Group E. On the other side, Germany (0-3) failed to reach the next stage and they will continue in Classification Round. Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the hosts. Snezana Colic (176-G-92) had 16 pts and 6 assists, while Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) added 12 points and 8 boards. Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in defeat. Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) scored 13 pts (5 rebs) and Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) stopped to 10 pts (5 as). Quarters: 14-9, 22-14, 18-27, 28-18. Championship continues on Monday, when Serbia will meet Turkey.

Serbia: Marina Markovic 17+5 boards, Snezana Colic 16+6 as, Sara Krnjic 12+8 boards
Germany: Sonja Greinacher 23+12 boards, Finja Schaake 13+5 boards, Svenja Brunckhorst 10+5 as


GROUP B

U20 Turkey - U20 Russia 63-64
Russia is the winner of Preliminary Group B in Novi Sad. They grabbed 64-63 thriller win against Turkey today to end this stage with perfect 3-0. Turkey also advanced to the next phase, but as No.3 with 1-2 record. Both teams will be transferred to Qualifying Group E. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds in victory. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F/G-91) scored 10, while Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) added 9 points and 5 rebounds each. In Turkey, Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) collected 22 points and 6 boards. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) and Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) had 12 and 11 pts respectively. Game winner was decided in the finish. Turkey had 63-62 lead with 59 seconds to go. But Cora then missed with 16 seconds left, and Russia raced to the other end. Alexandra Tarasova also missed, but she drew a foul battling for her own rebound and coolly sank both free throws to put Russia back on top with six seconds left. Turkey called a time-out but the play they drew up did not work as Aysegul Gunay's three-pointer was off-target at the buzzer. Quarters: 14-20, 24-14, 10-18, 15-12. Championship continues on Monday.

Turkey: Ayse Cora 22+6 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12, Pinar Demirok 11
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 13+16 boards, Anastasiya Shilova 10, Veronika Dorosheva 9+5 boards, Evgeniya Finogentova 9+5 boards


U20 Lithuania - U20 Romania 88-61
Lithuania blasted Romania 88-61 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Novi Sad. Thanks to this win, Lithuania ended as No.2 in Group B and booked a spot for the next stage. Romania (0-3) is the last ranked team in this pool and they will continue in Classification Round. Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) came up with 17 points for the winners. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) had 15, while Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) added 13 points and 18 boards. In the loosing squad, Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) delivered 16 points. Their second scorer was Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) with 13 pts. Lithuania made double-digit lead already in the first quarter. They started with 24-14 and continued with 31-22 for the next ten minutes. Romania was better in Q3 10-14, but Santa Okockyte and her teammates closed this game with 23-11 for the final 25-point win. Lithuania will be transferred to Qualifying Group E.

Lithuania: Santa Okockyte 17, Gintare Mazionyte 15, Monika Grigalauskyte 13+18 boards
Romania: Sonia Ursu 16, Gabriela Cursaru 13


GROUP C

U20 Belarus - U20 Italy 51-82
Italy destroyed Belarus 82-51 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Zrenjanin. Thanks to this victory Italy finished this stage as No.2 of Group C with 2-1 record and advanced to Qualifying Round. They will be transferred to Group F. On the other side, Belarus ended as the last ranked team in this pool with 0-3 and they will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) came up with 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Irene Cigliani (177-G-92) added 12 pts. In defeat, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) shined with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) and Ksenija Voishal (179-F-94) scored 9 and 8 points respectively. Quarters: 15-11, 9-21, 13-29, 14-21. Championship continues on Monday. Participants of Group F will also be France, Holland, Spain, United Kingdom and Latvia.

Belarus: Maryia Filonchyk 18+9 boards, Maryia Papova 9, Ksenija Voishal 8
Italy: Laura Spreafico 16+6 as, Federica Tognalini 13+12 boards, Irene Cigliani 12


U20 France - U20 Holland 66-58
France ended Preliminary Round in Zrenjanin with perfect 3-0 record. They outplayed Holland in Day Three 66-58 winning the first place in Group D. Holland (1-2) also advanced to the next stage thanks to victory against Belarus earlier in the championship. France and Holland will be transferred to Qualifying Round - Group F, together with Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Latvia. Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) shined for the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) had 14 points and 7 rebs, while Isabelle Strunc (179-G-91) added 11 pts. In defeat, Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) was better than the others with 19 points and 5 boards. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) had double-double of 12 points and 13 rebs. Quarters: 14-16, 16-12, 17-18, 19-12. Championship continues on Monday. France will meet Latvia, while Holland will take on Spain.

France: Ondaye-Akoa Elenga 20+9 boards, Hhadydia Minte 14+7 boards, Isabelle Strunc 11
Holland: Marlou De Kleijn 19+5 boards, Chatilla Van Grinsven 12+13 boards


GROUP D

U20 Slovakia - U20 Latvia 43-49
Latvia advanced to the second stage of U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. They handed 49-43 loss to Slovakia for the first win at this event. It was enough for third place in Group D and a ticket for the Qualifying Round. Slovakia (1-2) ended as the last ranked team in this pool and they will continue in Classification Round from 13th to 16th place. Latvia did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring today, but still they played like a team and managed to win. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 9 points, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) added 8 points and 7 boards. Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) helped with 7 pts and 8 boards. In defeat, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) (8 turnovers) and Sabina Oroszova (187-F-93) had 10 points each. It is important to mention that Latvia scored just one point in the first ten minutes of the game. Quarters: 1-15, 12-8, 15-12, 15-14. Latvia will be transferred to Qualifying Group F.

Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 10+8 to, Sabina Oroszova 10
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 9, Anete Kirsteine 8+7 boards, Kristine Vitola 7+8 boards


U20 Spain - U20 United Kingdom 81-31
Spain destroyed United Kingdom 81-31 wining the first place in Preliminary Group D. They ended this stage with perfect 3-0. Despite this defeat, UK also advanced to the next stage, but as No.2 with 1-2 record. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris) stepped up for Spain with 18 points and Queralt Casas (180-G-92) had two less than her. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) helped with 11 pts in this meeting. On the other side, Deanne Hayward (170-G-91) was the only one with double-digits with 10 pts. Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) stopped to 7 points. Spain was way better team during the entire game. Quarters: 14-7, 26-7, 27-11, 14-6. Both teams will be transferred to Group F of the Qualifying Round. There will also be Latvia and three best teams from Preliminary Group C.

Spain: Vega Gimeno Martinez 18, Queralt Casas 16, Amaya Gastaminza 11
United Kingdom: Deanne Hayward 10, Renee E. Busch 7


Division A: Day Two in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin - Jul 9, 2011

GROUP A

U20 Serbia - U20 Poland 73-76 OT
Very exciting game was played between Serbia and Poland on Friday evening. Both teams celebrated in Day One and in Day Two Poland managed to grab 76-73 OT win against the host of U20 EuroBasket. It means that Poland jumped to 2-0 in Group A and already secured a spot for the next stage. Serbia dropped to 1-1 in this pool. Magdalena Zietara (170-G/F-92) exploded with 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) scored 18 and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) helped with 14 points and 8 boards. In Serbia, Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was great as she collected 28 points and 13 rebounds. Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) scored 13 pts and 8 rebounds, and Tina Jovanovic (192-F/C-91) added 12 points and 10 boards. It was a game full of turns, but neither of two teams was able to make a bigger lead. In overtime, down 74-73 Snezana Colic and Sara Krnjic were both guilty of turnovers that cost Serbia vital shooting chances, and Paulina Kuras iced the win from the line with three ticks left. In Day Three, Poland will meet Ukraine. Serbia will play against winless Germany.

Serbia: Sara Krnjic 28+13 boards, Marina Markovic 13+8 boards, Tina Jovanovic 12+10 boards
Poland: Magdalena Zietara 27+9 boards, Paulina Kuras 18, Malgorzata Misiuk 14+8 boards


U20 Germany - U20 Ukraine 53-81
Ukraine registered their first win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They cruised past Germany 81-53 for 1-1 record in Group A. On the other side, Germany dropped to 0-2. Ukraine took control on their rivals from the very beginning. They made 26-14 lead in the first ten minutes and continued with 25-17 until the breather. At that time it was already clear who will be the game winner, despite there was 20 more minutes to go. Ukraine won third period 19-6, while Germany made 16-11 in the last one to cut the margin a little bit. Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was a key player for the winners with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) also was great as she added 18 points, 9 boards and 8 assists, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points and 11 rebs. In the loosing squad, Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) and Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) delivered 10 points each. Judith Schmidt (186-F/C-92) stopped to 8 pts. In Day Three, Ukraine will meet Poland, while Germany will play against Serbia.

Germany: Sonja Greinacher 10, Finja Schaake 10, Judith Schmidt 8
Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 24+5 boards, Alina Iagupova 18+9 boards+8 as, Olga Maznichenko 14+11 boards


GROUP B

U20 Romania - U20 Russia 40-79
Russia registered second straight win in Novi Sad. This time, Russia blasted Romania 79-40 for perfect 2-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Russia already secured a spot for the next stage. On the other side, Romania is on the verge of elimination as they dropped to 0-2. Russia dominated during the entire game. They made 17-9 in the first quarter and continued with 23-18 for the next ten minutes. Nothing has changed after the breather as Q3 also belonged to Russia, 22-7. Last period was just the formality (17-6) and Russia celebrated huge 79-40 victory at the end. Alexandra Tarasova (194-C-91) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds in this victory. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) scored 13 and Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) added 11 points, plus 6 rebounds. In Romania, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) delivered 12 points and was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Sonia Ursu (175-G/F-93) had 6 pts and 5 rebs.
In Day Three, Russia will meet Turkey. Romania will take on Lithuania.

Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 12, Sonia Ursu 6+5 boards
Russia: Alexandra Tarasova 15+9 boards, Viktoria Medvedeva 13, Veronika Dorosheva 11+6 boards


U20 Lithuania - U20 Turkey 64-57
Lithuania won their first game in Novi Sad. Lithuania outplayed Turkey 64-57 joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. Both teams has a great chance to reach the next stage. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) shined for the winners with double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) followed her with 16 points and 5 boards, while Santa Okockyte (176-G-92) added 15 pts and 6 rebounds. In Turkey, Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Their last player with double-digits in scoring was Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93) with 13 pts.
Lithuania did a good job in second and third period. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 15-15 tie. Turkey made plus 6 until the halftime and jumped to 10-point lead with one quarter to go. Turkey did not give up and they tried to do something in the last ten minutes, but they didnt make it. Quarters: 15-15, 19-13, 18-14, 12-15.
In Day Three, Lithuania will meet Romania. Turkey will play against Russia.

Lithuania: Monika Grigalauskyte 17+16 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 16+5 boards, Santa Okockyte 15+6 boards
Turkey: Ozge Yavas 16+6 boards, Ayse Cora 13


GROUP C

U20 Holland - U20 Italy 44-58
First win for Italy at the U20 EuroBasket. They handed 58-44 loss to Holland joining them with 1-1 record in Preliminary Group C. Laura Spreafico (182-F/G-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) followed her with 12, while Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) and Elena Bestagno (180-PG-91) added 10 points each. On the other side, Holland got double-double from Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89). She had 13 points and 14 rebs. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) stopped to 11 pts in this defeat. Except of the first quarter, all other periods belonged to Italy. Holland made 16-13 in the first ten minutes and Italy replied with 9-14 in Q2. Laura Spreafico and her teammates made 11-14 after the breather and later closed this game with nice 8-17 in the last ten minutes. In Day Three, Italy will meet Belarus in very important game. Holland will play against France.

Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 13+14 boards, Maxime Essenstam 11
Italy: Laura Spreafico 13, Alessandra Tava 12, Elena Bestagno 10+5 as, Federica Nannucci 10


U20 France - U20 Belarus 81-52
France registered their second win at the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin. This time France cruised past Belarus 81-52 for 2-0 record in Group C. With this win, France already secured a spot for the next stage. Belarus stays winless after two games.
France had impressive second half and thanks to it they registered comfortable win in this game. In the first period France made 18-15, but Belarus responded with 8-14 until the halftime. However, France blasted Belarus 22-7 in Q3 and continued in the same rhythm until the end (33-16, Q4). Clementine Samson (181-G/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) had 16 pts and 9 boards, while Hhadydia Minte (187-F-91) added 13 pts and 14 rebs. In defeat, Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) collected 9 points and 9 boards. Their second scorer was Aliaksandra Musatava (174-G-92) with 8 pts.
In Day Three, France will meet Holland and it will be a game for the first place in group B. Belarus will play do-or-die game against Italy.

France: Clementine Samson 20, Kelly Corre 16+9 boards, Hhadydia Minte 13+14 boards
Belarus: Maryia Filonchyk 9+9 boards, Aliaksandra Musatava 8


GROUP D

U20 Spain - U20 Slovakia 59-27
Both teams celebrated in Day One of the U20 Eurobasket 2011. This time, Spain was too strong for Slovakia handing them huge 59-27 loss. Spain jumped to 2-0 in Group D and already booked a ticket for the next phase. Slovakia dropped to 1-1. Spain had amazing first quarter as they stopped Slovakia to just 5 points, while they drained 25 on the other side. Slovakia never recovered from this shock. After 10-10 in Q2, Slovakia had another low-scoring period as they made just 4 pts in Q3. Spain netted 15 and last ten minutes were just the formality. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Spain. Queralt Casas (180-G-92) and Mireia Vila (183-F-91) netted 9 and 8 pts respectively. In Slovakia, Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91 posted 6 points each.
In Day Three, Spain will meet United Kingdom. The winner will most probably be No.1 in Group D. Slovakia will play against Latvia.

Spain: Amaya Gastaminza 12+8 boards, Queralt Casas 9, Mireia Vila 8
Slovakia: Angelika Slamova 6, Dominika Baburova 6


U20 United Kingdom - U20 Latvia 71-64
United Kingdom celebrated their first win in Zrenjanin. They outplayed Latvia 71-64 for 1-1 record in Group D. Both teams were defeated in Day One, what means that Latvia dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Latvia had wonderful beginning as they made 13-24 lead in the first ten minutes. However, UK totally took control on them in Q2 and made 38-33 turn until the HT. They jumped to plus 12 after the breather and Latvia had no chance in the last quarter.
Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) shined for the winners with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Katrin Chiemeka (170-G-91) had 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Erin McGarrachan (180-G-92) added 10 pts. In Latvia, Kristine Vitola (196-C/F-91) had double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) scored 11 pts and 7 rebs. In the last day of the Preliminary Round, UK will meet undefeated Spain. Latvia will meet Slovakia in do-or-die game.

UK: Renee E. Busch 20+5 boards+8 as, Katrin Chiemeka 11+8 boards, Erin McGarrachan 10
Latvia: Kristine Vitola 25+13 boards, Sabine Niedola 11+7 boards



Division A: Day One in Novi Sad and Zrenjanin - Jul 9, 2011

GROUP A

U20 Poland - U20 Germany 86-46
Poland had a wonderful Day One of the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. They blasted Germany 86-46 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Ukraine and host Serbia. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Paulina Kuras (170-G-92) had 11 points and 6 boards, while Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) also added 11 pts in this win. On the other side, Germany got 19 points from Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92). Sonja Greinacher (188-F/C-92) followed her with 11.
Poland dominated in this game from the very beginning. They exploded with 22-8 in the first ten minutes and continued with 24-9 in the second period. At that time it was already clear who the winner of the game will be. Germany made 14-22 in Q3, but Poland smashed them in the last ten minutes 26-7 for the final 86-46 victory.
In Day Two, Poland will meet Serbia. Germany will take on Ukraine.

Poland: Malgorzata Misiuk 16+6 boards, Paulina Kuras 11+6 boards, Agnieszka Sniezek 11
Germany: Finja Schaake 19, Sonja Greinacher 11


U20 Ukraine - U20 Serbia 51-81
Serbia exploded in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket 2011. The host of this event smashed Ukraine 81-51 for 1-0 score in Group A. Except of these two teams, participants of the same pool are also Poland and Germany. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) was the best player in victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) (6 rebs) and Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) added 10 points each. In Ukraine, Olesia Malashenko (189-F-91, agency: LBM Management) was better than the others with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Alina Iagupova (181-G-92, agency: LBM Management) stopped to 12 pts.
Serbia won every single quarter in this game. They started with 14-20 in the first period and jumped to 27-41 until the halftime. Nothing has changed after that as Serbia was the team which dominated on the floor. They made 12-19 in Q3 and finally ended this game with 12-21 for 30-point win.
In Day Two, Serbia will play against Poland. Ukraine will meet Germany and it will be their chance for the first win.

Ukraine: Olesia Malashenko 19+7 boards, Alina Iagupova 12
Serbia: Sara Krnjic 16+9 boards, Maja Vucurovic 10+6 boards, Jelena Prvulovic


GROUP B

U20 Turkey - U20 Romania 69-52
Turkey was too strong for Romania 69-52 in the opening game of U20 EuroBasket 2011 in Novi Sad. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B together with Russia and Lithuania. Ozge Yavas (174-G-91) was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) secured a great help with 18 points and 5 boards, while Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) added 12 pts. In the loosing squad, Gabriela Cursaru (169-PG-92) top-scored with 16 points. Alina Craciun (194-C-93) and Flavia Ferenczi (175-F-91) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Turkey took control on Romania from the beginning as they made 18-13 lead in the first ten minutes. Romania slightly improved after that, but still Turkey won Q2 as well (19-17) for plus 7 at the HT. Third period was tied (14-14) and Turkey blasted Romania in the last ten minutes. Ozge Yavas and her teammates made impressive 18-8 in Q4 to end this meeting with comfortable 69-52. Tomorrow, Turkey will meet Lithuania, while Romania will take on Russia.

Turkey: Ozge Yavas 20+6 boards, Pinar Demirok 18+5 boards, Gamze Takmaz 12
Romania: Gabriela Cursaru 16, Alina Craciun 13+6 boards, Flavia Ferenczi 10


U20 Russia - U20 Lithuania 67-55
U20 EuroBasket 2011 started in Novi Sad and Russia won in their first game. Russia was too strong for Lithuania celebrating 67-55 win. They are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with Turkey and Romania. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C/F-91) exploded with double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Yana Panevina (168-G-91) scored 12 and Veronika Dorosheva (193-F-91) added 11 points, plus 6 rebounds. Gintare Mazionyte (186-F/C-91) scored 15 points on the other side. Monika Grigalauskyte (187-F-92) shined with 13 points and 15 boards, while Inesa Visgaudaite (172-PG-91) stopped to 11 pts.
Lithuania had nice first quarter winning it 9-15. However, it was all from them in this meeting. Russia was better in the second period 19-15 and they totally took control on Lithuania after the beater (21-13, Q3). Last ten minutes also belonged to Russia, who celebrated 67-55 victory at the end.
In Day Two, Russia will meet Romania. Lithuania will take on Turkey.

Russia: Viktoria Medvedeva 22+10 boards, Yana Panevina 12, Veronika Dorosheva 11+6 boards
Lithuania: Gintare Mazionyte 15, Monika Grigalauskyte 13+15 boards, Inesa Visgaudaite 11


GROUP C


U20 Belarus - U20 Holland 42-75
Holland demonstrated wonderful performance in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket. Holand trashed Belarus 75-42 for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Participants of the same pool are also France and Italy. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) shined for Holland in this meeting with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chatilla Van Grinsven (187-F-89) had double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Tessel van Dongen (175-PG-91) added 12 pts. Nadzeya Bohdan (187-C-93) had 13 points and 5 rebounds on the other side. Maryia Papova (186-F-94) (8 rebs) and Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) (7 rebs) scored 8 points each.
Holland dominated in the entire game. They won every single quarter, starting with 12-19 in Q1. Until the half time Holland was up by 10 and they jumped to plus 16 with 10:00 to go. That was not all as Maxime Essenstam and her teammates blasted Belarus with 7-24 in the last ten minutes for the final 42-75 win.
Holland will meet Italy in Day Two. Belarus will play against France.

Belarus: Nadzeya Bohdan 13+5 boards, Maryia Papova 8+8 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 8+7 boards
Holland: Maxime Essenstam 16+7 boards, Chatilla Van Grinsven 14+17 boards, Tessel van Dongen 12


U20 Italy - U20 France 58-60
Very exciting game was played between Italy and France in Day One of the U20 EuroBasket in Novi Sad. France grabbed 58-60 thriller win for 1-0 score in Preliminary Group C. Participants of this group are also Holland and Belarus. Kelly Corre (180-F-91) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Touty Gandega (170-G-91) also scored 14 points, while Ondaye-Akoa Elenga (186-F-91) added 9 points and 7 boards. Alessandra Tava (184-F/C-91) had 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Federica Nannucci (170-G-91) stopped to 10 pts.
First quarter was totally leveled and it ended with 14-14 tie. Kelly Corre and her teammates made 13-17 in Q2, but Italy replied with 16-12 after the breather. Teams started from zero again, but France shined when it matter most and thanks to Corre managed to grab this victory.
France will play against Belarus in Day Two. Italy will meet Holland.

Italy: Alessandra Tava 19+6 boards, Federica Nannucci 10,
France: Kelly Corre 14+11 boards, Touty Gandega 14, Ondaye-Akoa Elenga 9+7 boards


GROUP D

U20 Slovakia - U20 United Kingdom 39-38
Slovakia was better than United Kingdom 39-38 in low-scoring game in Novi Sad. It was a Day One of the U20 EuroBasket 2011. Both teams are together with Latvia and Spain placed to Preliminary Group D. Martina Kissova (185-F-93) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) had 7 points and 6 boards, and Angelika Oravcova (175-G-92) stopped to 6 pts. In UK, Ella Clark (190-F-92) collected 9 points and 7 boards. Temitope Fagbenle (191-F-92) was close to double-double as she had 8 pts and 11 rebounds.
Slovakia took 14-10 lead in the first period and managed to keep it until the halftime (24-14). Third quarter belonged to UK and it was clear it will be a low-scoring meeting until the end. Slovakia was up 35-31 early in the fourth quarter, but amid poor shooting and plenty of turnovers, Britain came back with a lay-up from Temitope Fagbenle and a three-pointer from Renee Busch that made it 36-35. Lucia Stanekova restored Slovakia's lead, but only until Ella Clark's jump-shot with 3:15 to go made it 38-37. Both teams missed few times after that and Palenikova scored on a fast break to snatch the win for Slovakia. In Day Two, Slovakia will meet Spain. UK will play against Latvia.

Slovakia: Martina Kissova 11+8 boards, Angelika Slamova 7+6 boards, Angelika Oravcova 6
United Kingdom: Ella Clark 9+7 boards, Temitope Fagbenle 8+11 boards


U20 Latvia - U20 Spain 46-67
Spain had no troubles to win their first game at the U20 EuroBasket 2011 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Spain was too strong for Latvia handing them 67-46 loss. They are placed to Preliminary Group D, together with Slovakia and United Kingdom. Mireia Vila (183-F-91) was on fire in victory scoring 21 points. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Robert Morris) followed her with 12 pts, while Vanessa Ble (190-C/F-91) added double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. In Latvia, Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) delivered 11 points. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) had 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists, while Anete Kirsteine (178-F/G-92) stopped to 10 pts.
Spain was way better team from the early beginning. They made excellent 5-19 in the first quarter and managed to keep plus 13 until the half time. In third quarter Spain blasted Latvia 24-11 and it was already clear who the winner of the game will be. Spain slowed down after that and Latvia cut the margin for 5 points.
In Day Two, Spain will play against Slovakia. Latvia will meet UK.

Latvia: Liga Surkusa 11, Sabine Niedola 10+15 boards+5 as, Anete Kirsteine 10
Spain: Mireia Vila 21, Vega Gimeno Martinez 12, Vanessa Ble 10+12 boards

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