Greece Dampen Early Promise Of Hosts

26 July 2012

4. Anna Stamolamprou (Greece)
Anna Stamolamprou was the main responsible for Greece spoiling the hosts' opening night party, with 25 points and six assists

Romania gave the home support plenty to cheer about with a rousing first half performance against Greece in their U18 European Championship Women Group B opener, but couldn't maintain their momentum and crashed to a 69-52 defeat.

An animated Svetlana Dragusin, the host team head coach, had her players pumped up for their debut in the Romanian capital and they were generally excellent for the opening two quarters, only falling behind 29-27 just before the interval after a couple of free throws by Amanda Lovely.

Romania matched their opponent all over the floor and yet for all of their promise during the first half, they eventually crumbled in the second as Greece shifted through the gears.

At 38-34, the Greeks made their move and allowed Romania to score just three points in almost seven minutes, to earn an unassailable 54-37 advantage at the end of the third.

While the hoststried to work their way back into things, Greece held firm.

The game was a noteworthy occasion for Anna Stamolamprou who continued her rich scoring form from the U16 European Championship Women last year, where she averaged over 17 points per game.

She debuted at U18 level with a game-high 25 points and also dished up six assists.


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