Impressive Razheva Gets Russia Rolling

27 July 2012

12. Albina Razheva (Russia)
The Greeks had no solution against Albina Razheva in the paint and the Russian center finished with 20 points and eight rebounds

Russia claimed a first success in Group B of the U18 European Championship Women as an efficient and impressive 20-point haul from Albina Razheva helped them wear down Greece, 57-45.

The two sides had very different openings on day one, with Greece having despatched Romania and Russia losing an overtime choker against Turkey.

But, this time around, each team got to experience the other side of the coin in a game where the superior height, power and bench scoring of the Russians made a big difference.

Greece gave up far too many put-back scores under the basket during a poor first half, which they lost 36-23, and also struggled to find too many scoring options outside of playmaker Anna Stamolamprou.

It was a trend which would continue, offensively at least, until the end and while they fought hard to improve their boxing out on the defensive glass, Russia was always on the front foot and able to offer more effective rotation and depth.

Vasiliki Fouraki scored a lay-up just ahead of the third quarter to briefly cut the deficit to just six points at 45-39, but Greece never looked like they had the firepower to truly trouble the Russians.


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