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European Championships U20 Standings
 1. Spain
 2. Italy
 3. Turkey
 4. Belarus
 5. France
 6. Russia
 7. Slovakia
 8. Serbia
 9. Greece
 10. Holland
 11. Ukraine
 12. Poland
 13. Sweden
 14. Germany
 15. Hungary
 16. Lithuania
Points Per Game
 Astou NDOUR
  SEN
  (196-C-94)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Ndour, Gran Canaria17.3 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.16.9 
 3. Essenstam, CTO15.0 
 4. Vesterberg, MBK R.14.6 
 5. Hebecker, Halle14.1 
 6. Kovacevic, UNI Gy.14.1 
 7. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.14.0 
 8. Papova, Olimpia13.1 
 9. Oroszova, E.Illino.13.0 
 10. Tikhonenko, Spart.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ksenia TIKHONENKO
  KAZ
  (193-F/C-93)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Tikhonenko, Sparta.11.6 
 2. Spanou, Robert M.10.9 
 3. Ndour, Gran Canaria9.8 
 4. Papova, Olimpia9.2 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.9.1 
 6. Nystrom, Northland8.9 
 7. Naumenko, Bar R.8.4 
 8. Preskienyte, Kibir.8.3 
 9. Vesterberg, MBK R.8.3 
 10. Kovacevic, UNI G.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ellen NYSTROM
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nystrom, Northland5.0 
 2. Stanacev, Crvena4.9 
 3. Balintova, Good A.4.6 
 4. Owczarzak, CCC P.4.2 
 5. Bettonvil, Lekdete.3.4 
 6. Zanoguera, Toledo3.2 
 7. Adams, Saarlouis3.2 
 8. Krayevska, Tim-S.3.1 
 9. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.8 
 10. Dotto, Umbertide2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Francesca DOTTO
  (170-PG-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dotto, Lucca3.1 
 2. Nystrom, Northland3.1 
 3. Owczarzak, CCC P.2.9 
 4. Dotto, Umbertide2.4 
 5. Cora, Galatasaray2.4 
 6. Cakir, Fenerbahce2.1 
 7. Hebecker, Halle2.0 
 8. Bouzenna, Roche1.9 
 9. Zanoguera, Toledo1.9 
 10. Bilgic, Botas1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Richelle VAN DER KEIJL
  (196-C-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Van Der Keij., CT.2.4 
 2. Vesterberg, MBK R.1.8 
 3. Papova, Olimpia1.7 
 4. Janoscikova, Cass.1.6 
 5. Ndour, Gran Canaria1.3 
 6. Ivashchanka, Goriz.1.2 
 7. Oroszova, E.Illino.1.1 
 8. Zelnyte, Aistes-L.1.1 
 9. Preskienyte, Kibir.1.1 
 10. Uro-Nilie, Tim-S.1.1 
European Championships U20 Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. Belarus 2-1 
 2. Holland 2-1 
 3. Serbia 2-1 
 4. Ukraine 0-3 
Group B
 1. Spain 3-0 
 2. Slovakia 2-1 
 3. Greece 1-2 
 4. Poland 0-3 
Group C
 1. France 3-0 
 2. Italy 2-1 
 3. Russia 1-2 
 4. Hungary 0-3 
Group D
 1. Turkey 3-0 
 2. Sweden 2-1 
 3. Germany 1-2 
 4. Lithuania 0-3 


European Championships U20 Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. Spain 5-0 
 2. Serbia 3-2 
 3. Slovakia 2-3 
 4. Greece 2-3 
 5. Belarus 2-3 
 6. Holland 1-4 
Group F
 1. Italy 4-1 
 2. France 4-1 
 3. Turkey 4-1 
 4. Russia 2-3 
 5. Sweden 1-4 
 6. Germany 0-5 
Group G
 1. Lithuania 2-1 
 2. Poland 2-1 
 3. Ukraine 2-1 
 4. Hungary 0-3 

Astou Ndour - All-Tournament MVP (Photo: FIBA Europe)


Spain triumph in Samsun (Photo: FIBA Europe)

Starting five
#s#
Elena De Alfredo
De Alfredo
Inmaculada Zanoguera
Zanoguera
Yurena Diaz
Diaz
Andrea Vilaro
Vilaro
Astou Ndour
Ndour
#e#5
4Susana Bacete 179-G/F-93 Real Canoe Spain
5Elena De Alfredo 170-G-94 Asefa Estud. Spain
6Ana Faussuier 189-C/F-94 Segle XXI Spain
7Inmaculada Zanoguera 178-G/F-93 Toledo USA
8Natalia Lopez 171-PG-93 Aros Leon Spain
9Paula Estebas 175-F-93 Las Gaunas Spain
10Yurena Diaz 178-G-93 Gran Canaria Spain
12Itziar Llobet 180-G/F-93 Burgos Spain
13Andrea Vilaro 182-G-93 Caja Rural Spain
15Astou Ndour 196-C-94 Gran Canaria Spain
16Yaiza Lazaro 186-F/C-94 Gernika Spain
18Patricia Soler 185-C-94 Conquero Spain

Anna Caula Head Coach Uni Girona Spain


Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Awards 2013 - Jul 15, 2013

Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team 2013
Olcay Cakir
Cakir
Francesca Dotto
Dotto
Artemis Spanou
Spanou
Inmaculada Zanoguera
Zanoguera
Astou Ndour
Ndour

Best Player: Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Spain
Best Guard: Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) of Italy
Best Forward: Artemis Spanou (6'0''-F-93) of Greece
Best Center: Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Spain

1st Team
PG: Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) of Turkey
PG: Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) of Italy
F: Artemis Spanou (6'0''-F-93) of Greece
G/F: Inmaculada Zanoguera (5'10''-G/F-93) of Spain
C: Astou Ndour (196-C-94) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) of Poland
F: Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94) of Serbia
PF: Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) of Belarus
F/C: Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93) of Russia
C: Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) of Lithuania

3rd Team
PG: Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) of Serbia
G/F: Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) of Holland
F: Sabina Oroszova (6'2''-F-93) of Slovakia
F/C: Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) of Sweden
C: Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) of Ukraine

Honorable Mention
Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) of Holland
Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) of Germany
Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) of Holland
Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) of Holland
Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) of Italy
Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) of Ukraine



Spain triumph in Samsun - Jul 14, 2013

FINAL
Spain - Italy 59-53
Spain did it again! They claimed the third consecutive U20 European Championship crown. Spain defeated Italy to defend their European title. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 16 points to lead Spain in scoring. Spain finished the tournament undefeated. It was all about the Azzurri at the start of the game. Italy opened the clash with eight points in a row to surge ahead. Italy led throughout the first period posting an 18:11 lead after ten minutes. Italy kept Spain at distance throughout the second frame. They recorded a 28:25 halftime lead. However Spain opened the second half on a 12:0 run to spur ahead. They silenced Italy in the third period to ensure a 45:31 advantage before the fourth stanza. The gap grew at 19-point mark midway through the final quarter. Italy cut the deficit back to single digits late in regulation but Spain never looked back coasting to the historic triumph. Paula Estebas (175-F-93) provided 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Itziar Llobet had 10 points in the victory. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) finished with 7 points and 17 rebounds for Spain. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) chipped in 14 points for Italy. Caterina Dotto and Elisa Penna produced 10 points each in the loss.
3-4 Place
Turkey - Belarus 53-38
Turkey entertained the home crowd with a convincing victory over Belarus in the consolation final at the U20 European Championship. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) and Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) nailed 9 points each to lead balanced effort from Turkey. But most importantly their defence went like clockwork closing down Belarus. Turkey limited the visitors to just 6 points in the first period gaining a 9-point lead. Things hardly changed in the second frame. Belarus struggled to find open looks and trailed by as many as 18 points at the interval. Turkey did not loosen the grasp in the third term. They accounted for a 46:26 advantage at the final intermission. Belarus outscored the hosts in the final period but could not avoid the loss. Olcay Cakir netted 8 points for Turkey. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 11 points for Belarus. Maryia Papova had 8 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5-6 Place
Russia - France 48-55
France claimed the fifth position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia in the final game at the tournament. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) and Romane Bernies (170-PG-93) posted 17 points to lead Les Bleus. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter but France eventually eked out an 11:9 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Russia eked out a 28:26 halftime lead. The seesaw action continued throughout the third term. France jumped to a 39:33 lead but Russia denied the deficit and tied things up at 41-all after three quarters. Christelle Diallo sank four points in a 6:0 run from Les Bleus at the start of the fourth frame. Christelle Diallo and Romane Bernies organized a 6:2 rally late in regulation to seal the victory for France. Marie Mbuyamba posted 6 points for France. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) answered with 14 points for Russia. Ksenia Tikhonenko had 10 points and 11 boards in the loss.

7-8 Place
Slovakia - Serbia 68-56
Slovak Republic victoriously finished their U20 European Championship campaign. They defeated Serbia to claim the 7th position. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) nailed 16 points to lead the winners. Slovak Republic stunned Serbia in the first ten minutes. They went on a 23:9 run. Serbia could not recover in the second frame. Slovak Republic gained a 15-point lead at halftime 38:23. Serbia finally adjusted their game in the third term. They stepped on the gas and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark before the final stanza. But Slovak Republic timely stiffened their defence and held their opponents to 11 points in the final period sealing the victory. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) netted 15 points, while Beata Janoscikova had 14 points in the win. Zorana Marinkovic (168-G-93) provided 21 points for Serbia. Jovana Djordjevic chipped in 10 points in the loss.

9-10 Place
Greece - Holland 56-52
Greece finished 9th at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down the Dutch counterparts in the final game in Samsun. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) posted 16 points to lead the charge. Greece secured a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Netherlands responded with a 21:11 rally in the second term to ensure a 7-point halftime advantage. Greece turned on aggressive defence in the third period. They held Netherlands to 6 points in the quarter and trimmed the deficit at just two points 35:37 at the final break. Greece fired 21 points in the fourth frame and snatched a narrow victory at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) finished with 11 points, while Artemis Spanou added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 15 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil had 12 points in the loss.
11-12 Place
Ukraine - Poland 66-48
Ukraine earned the 11th position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland on the final day of action in Samsun. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Ukraine cleared off in the first period. They sparked a 21:11 run to enjoy the lead at the first break. But Poland responded in the second frame cutting the deficit at 5-point mark 32:27. Ukraine regained control in the third quarter. Stiff defence helped Ukraine balloon the lead at 13-point mark at the final intermission. Ukraine went on a 17:12 run in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Darya Zavidna (185-F-93) provided 14 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko had 11 points and 16 boards in the winning case. Monika Skrzecz (163-PG-94) dropped 14 points for Poland. Nikola Kacperska netted 8 points in the loss.

13-14 Place
Sweden - Germany 71-60
Sweden recorded the crucial win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Germany to save their Division A place for the next season. Germany occupied the 14th place and got relegated into Division B. Ellen Nystrom (180-G-93) posted 23 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the Scandinavian team. Germany got to the better start. They built a 16:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Sweden quickly erased the deficit. The Scandinavian team established a 30:27 halftime lead. Germany got closer in the third term. Sweden entered the fourth period up by just one point 46:47. But they did not give a chance for Germany in the fourth term. They opened the fourth frame on a 13:2 rally and cruised to the victory at the end. Ida Christensen (174-PG-93) and Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) posted 11 points each for Sweden. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 24 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt had 12 points in the loss.

15-16 Place
Hungary - Lithuania 72-51
Hungary claimed the 15th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania on the final day of action in Samsun. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) notched 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Both teams though got relegated into Division B. Hungary claimed a 24:19 lead after the opening quarter. Hungary maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They registered a 36:28 halftime advantage. Lithuania scored just 11 points in the third term to face a 9-point deficit before the final frame. Hungary finished off their opponents with a 24:12 rally in the final term. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) nailed 14 points, while Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) added 10 points for the winning side. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 12 points for Lithuania. Milda Sukyte had 8 points in the loss.


Italy and Spain enter Final in Samsun - Jul 13, 2013

Semifinals
Belarus - Italy 50-66
Italy gained the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Belarus in the semifinal clash and reached the title battle. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy set the tone in the opening quarter. They held Belarus to 11 points and gained a 5-point lead. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They registered a 31:22 halftime advantage. The Azzurri did not slow down in the third term. They opened a 17-point lead before the fourth quarter. Belarus narrowed the gap in the fourth term but could not threaten the margin as Italy marched to the victory. Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) nailed 17 points, while Alessandra Formica added 11 points and 11 boards for the winners. Hanna Kalenta (190-C-94) and Alena Holubeva (176-PG-94) answered with 9 points each for Belarus.

Turkey - Spain 51-57
Spain advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship. The team overcame Turkey 57:51 in the second Semifinal and will face Italy in the Final game. Turkey meanwhile will take on Belarus in the game for the third place. More than 2500 local fans came to support the Turkey in Samsun. The hosts trailed 12:16 after the first period, but erupted with an 18-10 surge to take 30:26 halftime advantage. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) however was unstoppable in the game. She gave Spain 33:32 lead early in the third period, while Aydin Merve closed the third period at 38:38. Astou Ndour brought 43:39 and then she scored last three points for the winners. Astou Ndour top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Paula Estebas (175-F-93), Rodriguez Manso Leonor and Diaz Yurena added 7 points each. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Aydin Merve had 11. Kavurmacioglu Ozge posted 8, while Emirtekin Elif brought 5.
5-8 Place
Russia - Slovakia 61-55
Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) leads Russia over Slovak Republic at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Place of the U20 European Championship. She nailed 16 points in a 61:55 win on Saturday. Russia will take on France in the game for the 5th place, while Slovak Republic will play against Serbia for the 7-8 places. Russia won the opening period 17:11 and scored another 17 points in the second frame. It was enough to keep 6-point halftime advantage. Slovak Republic replied with a 14-10 rally in the third period as Ivancakova reduced to 44:42.Moreover Janoscikova Beata gave her team 45:44 lead early in the fourth period, but Russia pulled back at the end of the game. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) and Zamaraeva Alina shined in the last minutes to bring the necessary win. Galina Kiseleva collected 13 points and 12 boards for the winners. Zamaraeva Alina netted 11 and Namok Darya brought 8. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) finsihed the game with 14 points and 10 caroms in the losing case and Oroszova Sabina added 11 points and 10 boards. Janoscikova Beata posted 10, while Slamova Angelika notched 9.

France - Serbia 55-50
France defeat Serbia in a classification game for 5th to 8th place clash. The French side will play for the 5th place after a 55:50 victory. Serbia won the first period 15:12 but could not keep the lead at the end of the first half. France replied with a 17-9 surge and Nayo Alice closed the half at 29:24. France dominated the whole third period and enjoyed a 47:37 lead after three quarters. Serbia did all their best to recover, but managed to reduce only to final 5 points. Claire Stievenard (179-G/F-93) and Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) stepped up with 11 points each, while Galliou-Loko Margaux nailed 9. Nayo Alice and Adjutor Viviane scored 7 points each in a win. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) answered with 18 points in the losing effort and Markovic Nevena collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Toskovic Milica poured in 9 and Marinkovic Zorana scored 7.

9-12 Place
Poland - Holland 49-50
Netherlands will play against Greece for the 9th overall position at the U20 European Championship. They defeated Poland tonight in the classification round. Netherlands crowned the regulation with six straight points to steal the victory from Poland. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Poland built a 14:8 lead after the opening frame. The Dutch team held their opponents to just 4 points in the second frame and recorded a 20:18 halftime lead. Poland narrowed the deficit at the end of the third term. They trailed by just one point heading into the fourth stanza. Jaworska gave Poland a 40:37 lead midway through the final term. Adamowicz hit a three-pointer as Poland built a 49:44 lead with under two minutes remaining. However Netherlands finished the game with six straight points and sneaked past Poland at the end. Jacobine Klerx (175-G-94) netted 11 points, while Maxime Essenstam added 8 points for the winners. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) answered with 18 points for Poland. Karolina Puss had 9 points in the loss.

Greece - Ukraine 70-58
Greece claimed a comfortable win over Ukraine in the classification round at the U20 European Championship. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) came up with 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hellenes. Greece will now take on Netherlands for the 9th position at the tournament. Greece jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 4 points at halftime 38:34. Ukraine continued to chase their opponents in the third term. They narrowed the gap at just three points at the final break 45:46. But the Hellenes regained control in the fourth period. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) drained back-to-back three-pointers to give Greece a 65:56 lead midway through the fourth term. Greece held Ukraine to just 2 points in the final three minutes of regulation and ran away with the victory. Anastasia Slouka finished with 11 points, while Styliani Fouraki added 7 points for Greece. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Lyudmyla Naumenko chipped in 11 points in the loss.
13-16 Place
Hungary - Germany 55-58
Germany beat Hungary in Samsun at the Classification Games for 13th to 16th Place of the U20 European Championship. The German side grabbed 58:55 win in the start of Day 8. Germany won the first period 15:12, while Hungary dominated the second frame. The latter posted a 16-9 rally in the second period to take 28:24 at the halftime when Szamosi drove a layup at the end of the half. Licskai increased the lead to 11 points early in the third period but Hungary could not win the game. Germany managed to reduce to 42:34 at the end of the third period and then needed a final 24-13 surge. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Ilka Hoffmann (183-F-94) nailed 11. Lena Gohlisch scored 10, while Elisabeth Dzirma added 8. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) ended up with 14 points in defeat and Zsofia Licskai collected 12 points and 11 rebounds in defeat. Noemi Czirjak produced 9 points, while Szidonia Katona scored 7.

Sweden - Lithuania 72-42
Sweden will play for the 13th place at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania in the classification round today to stay hopeful of rescuing their Division A place. Lithuania will play in Division B next year. Sweden stormed ahead in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team gained a 19:6 lead after the opening quarter. Lithuania stopped the rot in the second frame. The Baltic team cut the deficit at 11-point mark at halftime 22:33. But Sweden were back into the drivers seat in the third term. They went on a 25:13 run to ensure a comfortable 23-point lead before the fourth period. Lithuania could not recover from the blow and surrendered at the end. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) paced balanced effort with 12 points. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Greta Tamasauskaite (171-PG-91) responded with 10 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte had 9 points in the loss.


Division A: Belarus, Spain, Turkey and Italy ready for semifinals in Samsun - Jul 12, 2013

Quarterfinals
France - Belarus 56-64
Belarus advanced into the U20 European Championship semifinal stage. They knocked down French counterparts in the quarterfinal clash in Samsun today. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with impressive 18 points, 14 boards, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks to lead the winners. Belarus used a 7:0 run midway through the opening quarter to post a 12:6 lead. They entered the second quarter up by six points 17:11. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) scored five points in a 7:0 run from Belarus at the start of the second quarter. Belarus kept Les Bleus at bay throughout the second stanza. Belarus accumulated a 32:22 halftime lead. But France were far from being done. Sabrine Bouzenna sparked a comeback rally from the team as they grabbed a 38:36 lead midway through the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before Voishal drained a triple and send Belarus into the fourth period up by two points 47:45. Darya Lipinskaya and Baklaha stretched the margin at 7-point mark early in the fourth frame. France got within four points with under two minutes remaining 56:60 but Belarus kept their opponents scoreless in the reminder of the contest to clinch the victory. Darya Lipinskaya netted 17 points, while Hanna Kalenta added 9 points for the winning side. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds for France. Sabrine Bouzenna had 10 points in the losing case.

Spain - Russia 78-45
Spain recorded the seventh straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Russia to advance into semifinals. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) recorded another impressive performance with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Spain claimed a narrow 18:16 lead after the starting quarter. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Spain ensured a 37:26 halftime advantage. Spain kept Russia at distance throughout the third period. They accumulated a 15-point lead before the final quarter. Spain finished off their opponents with a 24:6 run in the fourth term. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 13 points, while Sara Rodriguez had 12 points in the winning effort. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 11 points for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva and Kiseleva had 8 points apiece in the loss.

Turkey - Slovakia 61-42
Turkey raced into the semifinal stage of U20 European Championship. The hosts handled Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) notched 14 points and 10 boards to pace the effort. Turkey will now face two-time defending champions Spain in the semis. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening period. They were locked at 14-all after ten minutes. Turkey spurred ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 29:24 halftime advantage. Turkey limited Slovak Republic to just 6 points in the third frame and accumulated a 14-point lead at the final break. Turkey never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Tilbe Senyurek (188-C-95) netted 13 points, while Olcay Cakir added 12 points for the winners. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) responded with 17 points for Slovak Republic. Barbora Balintova chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Serbia - Italy 51-65
Italy became the first semifinalists of U20 European Championship. They held off Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal battle in Samsun today. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points to lead well-balanced effort from the Azzurri. Italy looked very confident in the first half. They established an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the lead in the second frame. The Azzurri accumulated a 38:29 halftime advantage. Serbia narrowed the gap in the third period. They trailed by 7 points before the fourth stanza. However Italy allowed their opponents just 8 points in the final ten minutes and rolled to the victory at the end. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) nailed 12 points, while Alessandra Formica added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev, Nevena Markovic and Kristina Topuzovic had 7 points each in the loss.
9-16 Place
Holland - Lithuania 58-56
Netherlands earned a super important victory at the U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuania to secure Division A spot for the next season. The Dutch entered the game on a four-game losing skid. But they withheld a late comeback rally from Lithuania to earn a key win. Lithuania led by a single point 18:17 after ten minutes. The Dutch team erased the deficit and spurred ahead in the second frame. Netherlands registered a 34:26 halftime lead. The Dutch team stretched the lead in the third period. They built a 53:39 advantage before the fourth frame. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) opened the final quarter with a three-pointer to extend the margin. However Lithuania answered with a 12:0 run to narrow the deficit. The Baltic team narrowed the gap to a single point after a three-pointer from Zelnyte with 8 seconds remaining. But Gabrielle van den Bosch sank a free throw and then Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) and Preskienyte missed their shots as Netherlands escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Maxime Essenstam provided 26 points and 9 boards for the winners. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) had 13 points and 10 boards for Netherlands. Ieva Kazlauskaite chipped in 16 points for Lithuania. Greta Tamasauskaite delivered 11 points in the loss.

Sweden - Poland 60-71
Poland gained a key victory in their U20 European Championship campaign. They outscored Sweden in the classification round battle and punched the ticket to remain in Division A for the next season. Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) posted 19 points to lead the winners. Sweden led throughout the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team registered a 22:16 lead after ten minutes. Poland cut the deficit in the second term. They eked out a 36:35 halftime advantage. Sweden and Poland traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Poland entered the fourth quarter up by a single point. They went on a strong 20:10 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Dominika Miloszewska (190-F/C-94) delivered 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dominika Owczarzak added 12 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in the victory. Allis Nystrom (184-F-93) responded with 19 points and 27 rebounds for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo had 17 points in the loss.

Germany - Ukraine 57-63
Ukraine will play in Division A of the U20 European Championship next season. They secured their place in the top division following a tough 6-point victory over Germany today. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (183-F-95) produced 13 points to lead the winning team. Germany will now fight for survival in the 13th-16th place classification round. Ukraine set the tone early in the game. They recorded a 19:15 advantage after ten minutes. Germany stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval 26:28. The teams stayed close throughout the third term. Ukraine eked out a three-point advantage before the fourth frame. Krayevska and Zavidna opened the fourth period with back-to-back three-pointers and Ukraine controlled the game afterwards. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) produced 11 points, while Miriam Uro-Nilie added 10 points in the win. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 20 points for Germany. Lena Gohlisch had 10 points in the defeat.

Greece - Hungary 59-49
Greece recorded a key win in their U20 European Championship campaign. They held off Hungary in the classification round games and avoided the relegation. Hungary will now fight in 13th-16th place round to try to keep Division A ticket for the next season. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) posted 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Hungary enjoyed a 13:10 lead after ten minutes. But Greece shut down in their opponents in the second frame. The Hellenes held their opponents to just 4 points in the period and gained a 22:17 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Greece maintained the lead. The Hellenes exploded with 23 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi had 10 points for the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) answered with 13 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai had 9 points in the loss.


Division A: Quarterfinalists are set in Samsun - Jul 10, 2013

Group E
Spain - Holland 60-39
Spain celebrated the sixth straight victory at the U20 European Championship. Two-time defending champions bruised Netherlands to enter the playoffs with a perfect record. Astou Ndour came up with 15 points to lead the winners. Netherlands fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of Group E. Spain will now take on Russia in the quarterfinal stage. Spain jumped to a 5:1 lead early in the game but Netherlands bounced back. The Dutch team recorded a 12:9 lead midway through the first period. Spain quickly regained control and posted a 19:15 advantage at the first break. Spain went on a 9:0 run in the second frame to open a 34:24 lead. They boosted the gap at 15-point mark early in the third term. Spain entered the final quarter up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) and Andrea Vilaro (182-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 10 points each for Spain. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) responded with 12 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam had 6 points in the loss.

Serbia - Greece 57-50
Serbia claimed the second victory at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They held off Greece to clinch the quarterfinal appearance. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Greece earned a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But Serbia picked up the tempo in the second quarter. The Balkan team accounted for a 27:24 halftime advantage. Serbia extended the lead in the third term. They ensured a 43:38 advantage at the final break. Serbia limited Greece to 12 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) nailed 12 points, while Kristina Topuzovic added 11 points for the winners. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) responded with 13 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou and Eleanna Christinaki had 12 points each in the loss.

Slovakia - Belarus 47-56
Belarus gained an important victory in Group E of the U20 European Championship to keep their playoff hopes alive. They defeated Slovak Republic as both teams are now tied at 2-3 record in the standings. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) finished with 20 points and 11 boards to lead the winners. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 11:11 after ten minutes. The teams remained neck and neck throughout the second frame. Belarus and Slovak Republic were locked at 31-all at halftime. Belarus pulled in front in the third term. They held Slovak Republic at 6 points in the period to take an 8-point lead into the fourth frame. Belarus maintained the lead throughout the fourth period and secured a vital win at the end. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) netted 14 points, while Katsiaryna Urbanovich had 7 points for the winners. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) answered with 15 points for Slovak Republic. Angelika Slamova had 14 points in the loss.

Group F
Italy - Germany 77-64
Italy posted the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down German counterparts in Group F action. The Azzurri improved at 4-1 record, while Germany slipped at 0-5. Italy opened the game with eight straight points to set the tone. The Azzurri opened a 19:12 lead after ten minutes. Italy maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They built a 38:30 halftime advantage. Italy boosted the lead in the third term. They ensured a 57:45 cushion heading into the fourth frame. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the period and Italy cruised to the win at the end. Ilaria Milazzo (167-PG-94) posted 24 points to lead Italy. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) and Elisa Penna contributed 10 points apiece in the win. Carla Bellscheidt (183-F-94) and Katharina Mueller had 10 points each in the defeat.

Sweden - Russia 40-50
Russia celebrated the second straight win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They outscored Swedish counterparts to clinch quarterfinal ticket. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Russia to the victory. Russia claimed a 12:10 lead after ten minutes of action. They limited Sweden at 4 points in the second frame to gain a 23:14 halftime lead. Sweden narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Scandinavian team got within 8 points at the final break. Helena Kurt and Claesson hit from beyond the arc to pull Sweden within one 35:36 early in the final period. However Russia responded with a 6:0 spurt and never looked back en route to the win. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) had 8 points, while Alina Zamaraeva added 7 points for the winners. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) replied with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden. Helena Kurt and Gabriella Frykbo chipped in 7 points each for the losing side.

Turkey - France 38-32
Turkey overcame France in a low-scoring battle in Samsun tonight. The victory allowed Turkey occupy the second position in Group F at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. The hosts will now take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinal. France won the group despite the loss. They will take on Belarus in the playoffs. Les Bleus got to a perfect start. They held Turkey to only 5 points in the first quarter and gained a 7-point lead. Turkey however turned things around in the second frame. The hosts accumulated an 18:17 halftime lead. The teams combined for just 8 points in the third term. Turkey entered the final quarter up by a single point 22:21. The tempo grew in the fourth stanza. The hosts were just more accurate down the stretch and eked out an ugly win at the end. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) connected for 10 points to lead the hosts. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points for the winning side. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) had 8 points for France. Romane Bernies delivered 5 points in the losing case.

Group G
Hungary - Lithuania 44-48
Lithuania claimed the second win at the classification round of U20 European Championship. They overcame Hungary to improve at 2-1 record in Group G. Both teams will now fight against relegation in the classification round playoffs. Lithuania shocked Hungary with a stifling defence in the opening quarter. The Hungarian team managed just two points in the first ten minutes to trial by 17 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Lithuania piled up a 30:13 halftime lead. Hungary stopped the rot in the third term. They improved their performance and narrowed the deficit at 8-point mark before the fourth quarter. Bernadett Horvath put Hungary within four points 42:45 with under two minutes remaining. But Dobrovolskyte and Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte produced 14 points, while Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) added 12 points for the Baltic team. Vivien Borondy (176-PG-95) answered with 12 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath, Amadea Szamosi and Zsofia Licskai dropped 6 points each in the loss.

Ukraine - Poland 57-48
Ukraine recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Poland to win Group G. Ukraine and Poland will now fight in the classification round for 9th-16th places. Lyudmyla Naumenko (184-F-93) and Vita Gorobets (180-SG-96) produced 13 points each to lead the winners. Poland looked the better side in the opening quarter. They opened a 17:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Ukraine cut the deficit in the second frame. They adjusted defensively and narrowed the gap at 5-point mark at halftime 22:27. Ukraine took over in the third period. They opened the period with a 9:2 run to spur ahead. Ukraine posted a 41:35 lead into the fourth stanza. Lyudmyla Naumenko opened a double-digit lead for Ukraine midway through the final period 50:40. They kept Poland at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end. Miriam Uro-Nilie had 9 points, while Lyudmyla Naumenko ripped down 10 rebounds for Ukraine. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) responded with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Karolina Puss had 10 points each in the loss.


Division A: Day 2 of Second Stage in Samsun - Jul 9, 2013

Group E
Serbia - Spain 46-71
Spain recorded the fifth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They fired past Serbia to remain on top of the Second Stage Group E. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 14 points to lead the Spaniards. Serbia slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. Serbia opened the game with four straight points but Spain responded with a 17:0 run to surge ahead. Spain built a 21:12 lead after the opening frame. The gap quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second term. Spain accumulated a 44:17 advantage at halftime. Spain kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They gained a 58:31 lead before the fourth period and never looked back en route to the victory. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) netted 13 points, while Paula Estebas chipped in 10 points in the win. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) and Jelena Stankovic (180-F-93) responded with 8 points each for Serbia.

Holland - Slovakia 47-62
Slovak Republic earned the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They prevailed against Netherlands to secure 2-2 record in Group E. Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) nailed 20 points to lead the charge. Netherlands fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. Slovak Republic got to an energetic start. They quickly opened a 12:4 lead. Slovak Republic arrived at the first break up by 12 points 22:10. They dominated throughout the second period posting a 33:21 halftime advantage. But Netherlands trimmed the gap at just a single point 38:39 late in the third term. Sabina Oroszova netted 5 points in a row to give Slovak Republic a 43:38 lead at the start of the fourth period. Slovak Republic went on a 12:0 run to cap the regulation with and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Slamova and Balintova netted 12 points each for the winners. Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (173-G-93) responded with 14 points for Netherlands. Essenstam had 13 points in the loss.

Greece - Belarus 64-62
Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They upset Belarus to improve at 2-2 record in Group E. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) netted 18 points to pace the Hellenes. Belarus slipped at 1-3 record after the defeat. Belarus gained a 19:12 advantage ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Belarus posted a 33:22 halftime advantage. But Greece once again showed character. They trimmed the margin at 8-point mark at the final break. Anna Stamolamprou hit 8 points in the fourth frame to help Greece return into the contest. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi drained a three-pointer with six seconds remaining to seal the win for the Hellenes. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) produced 16 points and 16 boards for Greece. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi posted 10 points in the victory. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) responded with 16 points and 15 boards for Belarus. Maryna Ivashchanka dropped 14 points in the loss.

Group F
Italy - Turkey 54-46
Turkey suffered the first defeat at the home U20 European Championship. They surrendered against ambitious Italy in Samsun tonight. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) scored 14 points to pace the Azzurri. Both teams are now tied at 3-1 record in Group F standings. Italy held the hosts to only 6 points in the first period to gain an 8-point lead. Turkey cut the deficit in the second period. The home side got within 6 points at the interval 26:20. But Italy triggered a 7:0 rally to open the second half with and regained a comfortable lead. They entered the fourth frame leading by 9 points and never looked back afterwards. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) nailed 11 points, while Francesca Melchiori added 10 points in the victory. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) responded with 14 points for Turkey. Pelin Bilgic had 9 points in the defeat.

France - Sweden 59-58
France eked out a tough victory over Sweden in the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) sank two free throws late in regulation to carry Les Bleus to the fifth straight win at the tournament. Sweden fell at 1-3 record in Group F after the loss. France pulled ahead early in the game. They piled up a 19:11 lead at the end of the opening quarter. But the Swedish team struck right back after the break. The Scandinavians went on a 20:11 run to eke out a 31:30 halftime lead. France returned the lead in the third term. Les Bleus ensured a 48:45 advantage heading into the fourth period. Esther Niamke and Marie Mbuyamba gave France a 57:49 lead midway through the fourth period. However Sweden answered with nine consecutive points to grab a 58:57 lead with 32 seconds remaining. However Margaux Galliou-Loko hit two free throws to win the game for France. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) and Marie Mbuyamba dropped 14 points each for the winners. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) and Gabriella Frykbo responded with 13 points apiece for Sweden.

Germany - Russia 51-80
Russia claimed the first win at the Second Stage of U20 European Championship. They bruised Germany for 1-3 record in Group F. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) nailed 13 points to lead the winners. Russia rolled to a 22:11 lead after ten minutes. Germany answered with a 24-point effort in the second frame to narrow the gap at 3-point mark. Russia tipped off the third term on an 8:0 rally. They finished the period up by 18 points 63:45. Russia ignited a 17:6 rally in the fourth frame to seal the winning outcome. Alina Zamaraeva (179-SG-93) netted 11 points, while Mariya Davydova and Ksenia Tikhonenko added 10 points each in the win. Anna Heise (190-C-93) answered with 12 points for Germany. Laura Hebecker chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Group G
Lithuania - Poland 51-58
Poland claimed the second straight win at the classification round Group G of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Lithuania to stay on top of the ladder. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) notched 10 points to pace the winners. Poland earned a 19:11 lead following ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Poland gained a 34:26 halftime lead. Lithuania narrowed the gap in the third term. They got within 7 points at the final intermission. However Poland held their opponents to just 9 points in the fourth period and escaped with the victory. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) tallied 9 points and 11 steals, while Dominika Miloszewska added 9 points for the winners. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) tallied 21 points and 11 boards for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte tossed in 8 points in the loss.

Hungary - Ukraine 53-72
Ukraine gained the initial success at the U20 European Championship. They snapped four-game losing skid edging Hungary today. Ukraine improved thus at 1-1 record in classification round Group G. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) nailed 25 points to lead the charge. Ukraine grabbed a 20:12 advantage after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. Ukraine piled up a 36:25 halftime advantage. Hungary narrowed the margin at the third term. They got within 10 points at the final break. But the Ukrainian side exploded with a 19:10 run in the fourth period to seal the victory. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) posted 21 points and 13 boards for Ukraine. Darya Zavidna had 13 points for the winners. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) answered with 13 points for Hungary. Bernadett Horvath had 10 points in the loss.


Division A: Second Stage tips off in Samsun - Jul 8, 2013

Group E
Belarus - Spain 72-83
Spain claimed the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship. They toppled Belarus in Group E opener for both sides. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) was instrumental in the victory posting 19 points and 10 rebounds. Spain quickly cleared off in this one. They registered a 24:8 lead after the opening frame. Belarus stopped the rot in the second quarter. They narrowed the deficit at 7-point mark at halftime 27:34. Belarus got even closer in the third term. They trimmed the deficit at 3-point mark with ten minutes remaining. But Spain unleashed 34 points in the final period to seal the deal. Paula Estebas (175-F-93) and Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) netted 15 points each for Spain. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) answered with 14 points for Belarus. Katsiaryna Urbanovich had 12 points in the loss.

Greece - Holland 56-50
Greece opened the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship with victory. They knocked down Netherlands to improve at 1-2 record in Group E and caught up with their opponents in the ladder. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) was pivotal for the Hellenes tallying 25 points, 17 boards, 6 assists and 3 steals. Netherlands cleared off to a 16:8 lead after ten minutes. The Dutch team stretched the gap in the second period. Netherlands accumulated a 35:18 halftime advantage. But Greece turned the tables in the third period. Led by unstoppable Spanou the Hellenes went on a 23:6 run to level things up at 41 heading into the fourth frame. Spanou scored five straight points at the start of the final frame to give Greece a 46:41 lead. Greece kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. Anna Stamolamprou (173-PG-95) and Vasiliki Tarla chipped in 7 points each for Greece. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 17 points for Netherlands. Richelle Van Der Keijl had 14 points in the loss.

Slovakia - Serbia 43-54
Serbia gained the first win at the Second Stage of the U20 European Championship. They overcame Slovak Republic to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Slovak Republic dominated the start of the encounter. They got to a 16:8 beginning of the game. Serbia slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The Balkan team cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 23:26. Serbia triggered a 19:0 run at the start of the third term to surge ahead. They held Slovak Republic to just 3 points in the period and gained a 17-point lead before the fourth frame. Slovak Republic narrowed the deficit in the fourth frame but failed to rescue the game at the end. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksandra Stanacev had 11 points each for the winners. Angelika Slamova (173-G-94) answered with 14 points for Slovak Republic. Sabina Oroszova and Zofia Hruscakova netted 6 points each in the loss.

Group F
Sweden - Italy 47-66
Italy posted the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Sweden at the start of the Second Round. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) stepped up with 17 points, 7 steals and 3 assists to lead the Azzurri. Italy held Sweden to just 4 points in the starting quarter and gained a 9-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. Italy piled up a 30:17 halftime advantage. Italy boosted the margin in the third term. They accounted for a massive 24-point lead heading into the fourth period. Sweden fired 22 points in the final ten minutes to cut the deficit at the end. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) finished with 14 points, while Ilaria Milazzo added 12 points for the winners. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) notched 15 points and 17 rebounds for Sweden. Ellen Nystrom chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Germany - France 30-63
France came up with another dominant performance at the U20 European Championship. Les Bleus shot down Germany to stay perfect. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) nailed 11 points to lead balanced effort from Les Bleus. France jumped to a 25:11 lead after the starting quarter. They held Germany to just 4 points in the second period to gain a 33:15 halftime lead. Les Bleus controlled the tempo in the third term. They accumulated a 24-point lead heading into the fourth period. Germany managed just 4 points in the final frame and had to surrender at the end. Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) notched 10 points, while Romane Bernies and Esther Niamke added 7 points apiece for the winners. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 13 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Russia - Turkey 43-52
Turkey celebrated the fourth consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Russian counterparts at the start of the Second Stage of the tournament. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 11 points to lead the winners. Russia struck first in this one. They established a 13:10 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Turkey responded with a furious 20:8 rally in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 30:21 halftime advantage. Turkey maintained the lead throughout the third term. They accumulated a 10-point cushion heading into the fourth period. Russia held the hosts to 10 points in the final ten minutes but could not capitalize losing at the end. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) notched 10 points and 16 boards for Turkey. Olcay Cakir netted 7 points in the win. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) tallied 8 points and 18 rebounds for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva added 8 points in the loss.

Group G
Poland - Hungary 53-50
A late surge helped Poland tame Hungary at the start of the classification round at U20 European Championship. Poland organized a 10:0 run midway through the fourth frame to gain a decisive lead against Hungary. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) scored 23 points to lead Poland to the first win at the tournament. The teams stayed close throughout the first three quarter. Poland led by a single point 18:17 after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second period. Poland snatched a 27:26 halftime lead. Hungary denied the deficit and grabbed a 38:37 lead into the fourth frame. Poland used a 10:0 run in the final period to take a 53:45 lead and clung to the advantage to post the victory. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) and Dominika Miloszewska notched 10 points each for the winners. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) answered with 16 points and 11 boards for Hungary. Szidonia Katona chipped in 7 points in defeat.

Ukraine - Lithuania 59-64
Lithuania claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine in Group G opener. Ieva Preskienyte (193-C-93) stepped up with 21 points and 9 boards for the Baltic side. Ukraine fell at 0-4 record at the tournament. Ukraine enjoyed an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Lithuania cut the deficit at 2-point mark at halftime 32:30. The Baltic team surged ahead in the third period. They grabbed a 48:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) tied things up at 59 with 78 seconds remaining. But Ieva Preskienyte and Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) sank four points in a row to give Lithuania a 63:59 lead. Ieva Preskienyte then sealed the victory for Lithuania. Ieva Kazlauskaite notched 16 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte (171-SG-96) added 10 points for the winners. Miriam Uro-Nilie answered with 17 points for Ukraine. Olga Krayevska and Vita Gorobets had 10 points each in the loss.


Division A: Day 3 in Samsun - Jul 6, 2013

Group A
Belarus - Holland 63-55
Belarus gained the victory on the final day of the preliminary round action at the U20 European Championship. They knocked down Netherlands to gain 2-1 record. The win however did not allow Belarus to leave the third position in Group A. Netherlands won the group despite the loss. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) nailed 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Netherlands opened the game with six points in a row. They gained a 17:8 lead after almost 8 minutes of action. But Maryia Papova and Holubeva dragged Belarus within 4 points at the end of the first term 13:17. Belarus capped the first half with nine straight points to take a 27:24 halftime lead. Netherlands answered with nine points in a row at the start of the second half to gain the lead. They maintained it throughout the third period. The Dutch team headed into the fourth term up by 5 points 45:40. However Belarus silenced their opponents with a massive 23:10 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Natallia Pratskaila (184-F-94) notched 13 points, while Ksenija Voishal contributed 9 points for the winners. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) answered with 19 points for Netherlands. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) netted 11 points and grabbed 13 boards in the loss.

Serbia - Ukraine 73-61
Serbia celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Ukraine to finish at 2-1 record in Group A. Ukraine suffered the third straight loss and would play in relegation round. Serbia surged ahead right from the start. They held Ukraine to 9 points in the opening quarter to take a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Serbia maintained the lead throughout the second term. They recorded a 34:22 halftime advantage. Serbia did not allow Ukraine to get any closer throughout the third term. The Balkan team headed into the final stanza up by 19 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Aleksandra Stanacev (167-PG-94) added 20 points, while Kristina Topuzovic had 7 points for the winners. Miriam Uro-Nilie (190-C-94) responded with 22 points for Ukraine. Oleksandra Chek had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Group B
Poland - Slovakia 52-60
Slovak Republic gained the second win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They held off Poland to improve at 2-1 record in Group B. Poland slipped at 0-3 record after the defeat. Slovak Republic quickly pulled in front in this one. They secured a 21:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovak Republic kept Poland at distance throughout the second frame. They entered the second half up by 7 points 32:25. Wozniak and Magdalena Koperwas (181-F-93) dragged the Polish team within 4 points 38:42 late in the third term. But Sabina Oroszova (188-F-93) capped the stanza with a triple to give Slovak Republic a breathing room. The gap quickly grew at double digits in the fourth frame and Slovak Republic coasted to the win at the end. Sabina Oroszova notched 21 points to lead the charge. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) provided 12 points for the winners. Karolina Puss (178-SG-94) answered with 12 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Dominika Miloszewska had 10 points each in the loss.

Greece - Spain 49-75
Spain claimed the third consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Greece to finish the preliminary round perfect on top of Group B. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) topscored for Spain once again with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Spain reeled off to a 19:13 lead after ten minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Spain ensured a 34:28 halftime lead. They quickly boosted the gap to double figures in the third term. The Hellenes could not recover as they trailed by 13 points heading into the final period. Spain went on a 23:10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Inmaculada Zanoguera (178-G/F-93) chipped in 12 points, while Elena De Alfredo delivered 10 points for the winners. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) answered with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Styliani Fouraki (186-C-94) netted 12 points and grabbed 11 boards in the losing case.

Group C
Hungary - France 45-62
France registered the third straight win at the U20 European Championship. They outgunned Hungary to win Group C. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. Hungary suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. France gained a 9:2 lead early in the game. But Hungary were able to bounce back. They tied things up at 14-all after ten minutes. However France opened the second frame on a 16:4 rally to clear off. They secured a 32:23 halftime advantage. Margaux Galliou-Loko and Romane Bernies gave France a 52:34 lead midway through the third term. Les Bleus entered the fourth period up 18 points 54:36. Hungary narrowed the gap in the fourth frame but could not avoid the loss at the end. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) produced 13 points, while Romane Bernies added 9 points for the winners. Amadea Szamosi answered with 11 points for Hungary. Judit Barnai had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Italy - Russia 47-46
Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) converted a layup with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to propel Italy past Russia on the final day of the preliminary action at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the second position in Group C. Russia fell at 1-2 record in the third position. Both team advanced into the Second Stage of the tournament. Russia overcame a 3:7 start to the game to go on a 16:2 run gaining a 19:9 lead at the first break. Italy cut the deficit at 5 points at halftime after a low-scoring second period 20:25. Francesca Dotto, Melchiori and Elisa Penna (186-SG-95) sparked a 7:0 run from Italy at the start of the second half as they sneaked in front. Italy secured a 34:32 lead into the fourth frame. Tochilova opened the final period with a three-pointer to put Russia ahead. The lead changed hands for several times before Francesca Dotto converted a key layup and then came up with a crucial steal on the final Russias possession. She finished with 14 points to lead the winners. Elisa Penna added 12 points for the Azzurri. Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 12 points and 16 boards for Russia. Darya Namok added 9 points in the loss.

Group D
Germany - Sweden 65-74
Sweden claimed the second win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame German counterparts to improve at 2-1 record in Group D. The victory allowed the Scandinavian team reach the Second Stage of the tournament. Germany also qualified for the next stage from the third position in the group. Sweden snatched a 16:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany however erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 31-all at halftime. Sweden went on a decisive run in the third period. They sparked with a 10:2 run to gain a 41:33 lead. Later Elin Gustavsson (186-F-93) organized a 14:2 rally from the Scandinavian side as they built a 57:42 advantage before the fourth period. Germany were able to narrow the gap at 6-point mark midway through the fourth frame. But Nystrom hit four free throws and Sweden ran away to a comfortable win at the end. Elin Gustavsson chipped in 18 points for Sweden. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) added 14 points for the winners. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) responded with 19 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt had 12 points in the loss.

Turkey - Lithuania 81-44
Turkey kept their record perfect at the home U20 European Championship. They knocked down Lithuania to win preliminary Group D. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) provided 12 points to lead the effort. Lithuania fell at 0-3 record after the loss and would fight against relegation. Turkey surged ahead early in the game. They accumulated a 21:9 lead after ten minutes. The hosts eased to a 42:26 halftime lead. Turkey kept their Baltic opponents at bay throughout the third ter. The home team gained a massive 25-point cushion before the fourth period. They held Lithuania to just 6 points in the final period and raced to the victory. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) netted 11 points, while Busra Akgun and Tilbe Senyurek added 10 points each for the winners. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) responded with 18 points for Lithuania. Laura Zelnyte netted 8 points in the loss.


Division A: Day 2 in Samsun - Jul 5, 2013

Group A
Holland - Ukraine 68-52
Netherlands got to a perfect start to their U20 European Championship campaign. They fired past Ukraine tonight in Samsun to take 2-0 record on top of Group A. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) posted 18 points to lead the winning side. Ukraine fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Netherlands gave no chance for their opponents. The Dutch team went on an aggressive 27:9 rally in the starting period. Ukraine slowed Netherland down a bit in the second frame. Ukraine got within 15 points at halftime 28:43. Ukraine cut the deficit even further in the third term. They limited Netherlands to 9 points in the quarter to get within 12 points at the final break. But the Dutch team responded with a 16:12 surge in the fourth period to seal the victory. Loyce Bettonvil (185-F-93) chipped in 13 points and grabbed 12 boards for Netherlands. Yordi Kathmann and Jamailah Adams had 7 points each for the winners. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) responded with 17 points for Ukraine. Darya Zavidna had 11 points and 11 boards in the losing effort.

Belarus - Serbia 53-73
Serbia claimed the first win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They bounced back after the starting loss to Netherlands to edge Belarus in Group A. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Serbia held Belarus to 8 points in the first period. The Balkan team gained a 17:8 lead after ten minutes. Belarus cut the deficit in the second frame. They got within 7 points at the interval. But Serbia stiffened defensively in the third term. They limited Belarus to 9 points to extend the gap at 12-point mark heading into the fourth frame. Serbia unloaded 26 points in the fourth period and opened win count at the tournament. Dijana Stancic (182-G/F-93) netted 15 points, while Nevena Markovic added 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side. Darya Lipinskaya (180-SG-93) responded with 17 points for Belarus. Ksenija Voishal and Maryia Papova had 12 points each in the loss.

Group B
Greece - Poland 54-50
Greece secured the first win at the U20 European Championship in Samsun. They overcame Poland to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Poland fell at 0-2 record. Artemis Spanou (183-F-93) led the winners with 16 points and 11 boards. Greece eked out a 9:8 lead after ten minutes. Poland surged ahead in the second frame. They snatched a 21:18 halftime advantage. The tempo increased in the third term. Greece unloaded 23 points in the quarter to spur ahead. They ensured a 41:37 lead heading into the fourth frame. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) put Poland within 2 points 49:51 with under four minutes to go. However the Hellenes limited their opponents to just one point in the reminder of the contest and got away with a tough win at the end. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (185-F-92) netted 14 points, while Anna Stamolamprou had 9 points in the losing effort. Dominika Owczarzak and Karolina Puss responded with 10 points each in the loss.

Spain - Slovakia 62-52
Spain recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. They outscored Slovak Republic to stay on top of Group B at 2-0 record. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Spain looked confident from the start. They posted a 17:14 lead after ten minutes. Slovak Republic erased the deficit in the second frame. They knotted things up at 29-all at halftime. But Spain took over in the third term. They went on a 17:7 run in the period to ensure a 10-point lead. Spain never allowed Slovak Republic within striking distance throughout the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Elena De Alfredo (170-G-94) posted 15 points, while Yurena Diaz added 14 points for Spain. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) responded with 16 points for Slovak Republic. Sabina Oroszova had 13 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Hungary - Italy 36-55
Italy raced to the first win at the U20 European Championship. They steamrolled past Hungary for 1-1 record in Group C. The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. Alessandra Formica (186-G-93) capped the period with a three-pointer to give the Azzurri a 17:14 lead. Hungary used a 9:0 run midway through the second term to take a 25:20 lead. But Alessandra Formica and Dotto helped Italy to level things up at 25 at halftime. The Azzurri opened the second half on a 9:0 rally to clear off. They accumulated a 39:29 lead into the fourth frame. Italy held their opponents to 7 points in the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Caterina Dotto (167-PG-93) nailed 13 points, while Francesca Dotto and Alessandra Formica had 12 points each for the winning side. Amadea Szamosi (190-C/F-94) responded with 11 points for Hungary. Szidonia Katona netted 6 points in the loss.

France - Russia 66-51
France recorded the second consecutive victory at the U20 European Championship. Les Bleus overcame Russia in Group C. Esther Niamke (164-PG-93) netted 16 points to lead the winners. France eked out a 16:14 lead after ten minutes. They stepped on the gas in the second frame. Les Bleus fired 23 points in the period to gain a 39:29 halftime lead. France kept Russia at bay throughout the third term. Les Bleus limited their opponents to 11 points in the quarter and secured a 12-point lead heading into the fourth period. Russia managed just 22 points in the second half and surrendered at the end. Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) and Christelle Diallo (190-C-93) notched 10 points each for the winners. Galina Kiseleva (184-SF-93) replied with 9 points for Russia. Darya Namok had 7 points in the loss.

Group D
Sweden - Lithuania 69-47
Sweden recorded the first win at the U20 European Championship. They overcame Lithuania to gain 1-1 record in Group D. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) notched 27 points and 13 boards to lead the winners. Lithuania found themselves at 0-2 record after a woeful start to the tournament. Sweden led by a single point after ten minutes of action 18:17. Lithuania erased the deficit in the second period. The Baltic team tied things up at 33 after twenty minutes. The Scandinavian team however left Lithuania far behind in the third term. Sweden went on a 19:6 rally in the period to take a comfortable 13-point cushion before the fourth frame. Sweden ignited a 17:8 rally in the fourth quarter and clinched the win at the end. Linnea Frykbo (170-SG-94) notched 17 points for the winning side. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Ieva Preskienyte tossed in 10 points in the loss.

Germany - Turkey 48-72
Turkey claimed the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship. The hosts coasted past Germany to stay perfect in Group D. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) provided 16 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Germany surprised Turkey with a confident start. The visitors gained a 14:13 lead after the opening quarter. But Turkey sparked a 24:14 run in the second frame to pull ahead. They mounted the pressure in the third term. Turkey went on a 17:12 run to stretch the lead at 14-point mark at the final intermission. Turkey left Germany far behind in the fourth frame. The hosts burst out with an 18:8 run to finish off their opponents. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 13 points, while Gizem Sezer had 11 points in the winning case. Katharina Mueller (181-F-94) responded with 16 points for Germany. Laura Hebecker netted 8 points in the loss.


Division A: Day 1 in Samsun - Jul 4, 2013

Group A
Ukraine - Belarus 58-65
Belarus gained the opening win at the U20 European Championship in Turkey. They held off Ukraine in Group A. Maryia Papova (186-PF-94) notched 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Belarus got to a confident start. They quickly surged ahead and kept Ukraine at distance throughout the first half. Belarus led by three points at the first intermission 16:13. The gap ballooned to 11 points at halftime 35:24. Ukraine picked up the tempo in the third term. They cut the deficit at 6-point mark at the final intermission. Miriam Uro-Nile put Ukraine within three 57:60 with 27 seconds remaining. But Maryia Papova sank three free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Belarus. Ksenija Voishal (182-F-94) netted 13 points, while Hanna Kalenta posted 11 points in the win. Miriam Uro-Nilie responded with 14 points for Ukraine. Lyudmyla Naumenko had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Serbia - Holland 43-75
Netherlands got to a dreamy start of their U20 European Championship campaign. They overcame Serbia in Group A opener in Samsun today. Richelle Van Der Keijl (196-C-93) nailed 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the winners. Netherlands jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed an 18:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Dutch team secured a 25:13 advantage at the first break. Serbia managed to narrow the gap in the second frame. Aleksandra Stanacev and Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94, agency: Interperformances) capped the first half with five straight points to drag the Balkan team within 7 points 30:37. Richelle Van Der Keijl nailed 7 points in the third term to keep Netherlands in front. The Dutch team entered the fourth period up by 13 points 54:41. The margin quickly ballooned to 20 points in the final period and Netherlands never looked back en route to the win. Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) posted 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Loyce Bettonvil added 15 points and 12 boards for the winners. Natasa Kovacevic and Aleksandra Stanacev responded with 11 points each in the loss.

Group B
Poland - Spain 29-60
Spain convincingly opened their U20 European Championship campaign. They thrashed Polish opponents in the opener. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Spaniards. Spain dominated in every aspect of the game right from the start. The bridged the first and second quarters with a 9:0 run 27:11 lead. Spain enjoyed a 33:19 halftime lead. Poland scored just 5 points in the third period to face a massive 18-point deficit before the fourth frame. Spain limited their opponents to 5 points in the fourth stanza and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Yurena Diaz (178-G-93, agency: Regeneracom Sports) nailed 9 points, while Inmaculada Zanoguera had 8 points for the winners. Dominika Owczarzak (168-PG-94) responded with 8 points for Poland. Magdalena Koperwas and Dominika Miloszewska had 6 points each in the loss.

Slovakia - Greece 56-38
Slovak Republic clinched the opening win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Greece in Group B. Barbora Balintova (176-PG-94) notched 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the Slovakian side. Slovak Republic spurred ahead in the opening frame. They built a 13:6 lead after ten minutes of action. Slovak Republic maintained the lead throughout the second term. They arrived at halftime leading by 27:18 halftime lead. Slovak Republic kept their opponents at bay throughout the third term. They piled up a 41:28 lead at the final break. Slovak Republic did not loosen the grasp in the fourth period. They held the Hellenes at 10-point mark in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) netted 16 points, while Angelika Slamova chipped in 5 points for the winning side. Artemis Spanou answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Greece. Anna Stamolamprou chipped in 6 points in the loss.

Group C
Russia - Hungary 64-52
Ksenia Tikhonenko (193-F/C-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) brings Russia the win against Hungary in the opening day of the U20 European Championship. She exploded with 25 points and 14 rebounds as Russia enjoyed a 64:52 win. Hungary started the game better and grabbed a 17-16 lead after the first period. Russia meanwhile needed a 13-10 rally in the second quarter and took 29:27 halftime advantage. The second half fully belonged to Russia that posted two victories. Russia won the third period 17-11 and finished the game with 18-14 rally. Ksenia Tikhonenko brought the last three points for the winners in the game. Darya Namok (179-G/F-93) nailed 18 points, while Galina Kiseleva collected 9 points and 14 rebounds. Szidonia Katona (182-F-93) poured in 13 points in the losing effort and Amadea Szamosi as well as Lilla Horvath had 11 each in a loss.

Italy - France 41-65
France roll over Italy in Group C opener at the U20 European Championship. The French side posted a 65:41 win in Day 1. Samsun saw a 16:10 start of the Italian side that slowed down later in the game. France replied with a 14-8 rally in the second period and tied the game at 24:24 at the halftime. Moreover France needed an 18-9 surge in the third period and dominated the second half. They added a 23-8 burst in the final period for the final success. Margaux Galliou-Loko (184-F-93) brought the last points for the winners as she brought 65:41 on the board. Margaux Galliou-Loko and Sara Chevaugeon (176-G-93) stepped up with 11 points each, while Marie Mbuyamba netted 8. Christelle Diallo and Sabrine Bouzenna followed them with 7 each. Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93) answered with 10 points in the losing effort and Alessandra Formica added 7. Francesca Melchiori followed them with 5 points in a loss.

Group D
Lithuania - Germany 85-86
Germany earned the first win at the U20 European Championship. They held off Lithuanian counterparts in Group A opener. Elisabeth Dzirma (178-G-94) nailed 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany dominated in the first half. They gained a 23:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Germany exploded with 28 points in the second frame to gain a 51:35 halftime advantage. But Lithuania turned things around in the third term. They fired 27 points in the quarter to narrow the deficit. Lithuania tied things up at 72 midway through the fourth frame. Zilinskaite put the Baltic team in front 73:72 but Germany reacted with a 10:3 run to surge ahead. Dobrovolskyte put Lithuanian within one 83:84 with 81 seconds remaining in regulation. Bradaric and Ieva Kazlauskaite traded points in the reminder of the contest and Germany held on to a narrow victory at the end. Anna Heise (190-C-93) netted 16 points, while Laura Hebecker chipped in 11 points for the winners. Laura Zelnyte (188-F-94) responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania. Agne Cerneckyte and Ieva Kazlauskaite had 14 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Sweden 68-65
Turkey earned victory on the opening day of the U20 European Championship. The hosts held off Sweden in Group D action. Olcay Cakir (182-PG-93) netted 26 points for the winners. Sweden led by a single point after the opening frame 19:18. But Turkey spurred ahead in the second period. They crowned the first half on an 18:2 run to take a 38:28 halftime lead. Ayse Cora (175-G/F-93, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed five straight points at the start of the third term to boost the lead. Turkey accumulated a 55:47 advantage heading into the final frame. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F/C-93) nailed 6 points in a 9:0 run from the Scandinavian side as they got within 2 points 58:60. Gustavsson tied things up at 63 with just over three minutes remaining. However Ozge Kavurmacioglu sank five points in the reminder of the contest to seal the win for Turkey. Ayse Cora notched 14 points, while Ozge Kavurmacioglu added 10 points in the win. Josefin Vesterberg responded with 20 points for Sweden. Allis Nystrom chipped in 13 points and pulled down 11 boards in the losing effort.





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