No Respite For Romania Against Turkey

27 July 2012

6. Büsra Akbas (Turkey)
Büsra Akbas was one of five Turkey players to score in double digits on an offensively excellent night for the winners

Having slumped in their opening game against Greece, there was no respite for Romania on the second day of the U18 European Championship Women after being routed 83-62 by Turkey in Group B.

The host nation was brutally swept aside by a Turkish team who stormed to their second win in Bucharest and who also wasted little time in stamping their authority on the contest, with a blistering 28-7 first quarter.

To their credit, Romania did actually show a much improved performance during the second quarter, limiting the damage to 13 points at one stage before Turkey put their foot firmly back on the accelerator.

Romania matched the physicality of their opponent on the boards but struggled to compete with the quick hands and perpetual movement of Turkey.

Whenever Turkey applied real defensive pressure, Romania buckled and the winning team grabbed an impressive 18 steals.

Home fans were at least heartened by their team finishing with something of a flourish and posting a 24-13 final quarter.



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