|Caterina Dotto had one more point than her sister for Italy, ending with a team-high 13 points|
Turning Point: Italy pulled away to a 12-point advantage in the second quarter, and their lead was never properly threatened.
Game Hero: In the key moments of both halves, Caterina Dotto set the tone for Italy. Whether it was with getting to the hoop in the first half to help Italy pull away, or her timely hustle plays in the second half to keep the lead, Caterina kept the Italians in control.
Stats Don't Lie: Italy kept good control of the defensive glass throughout the game, and also rebounded nearly 40% of their missed shots.
Italy is the first semi-finalist at the U20 European Championship Women after downing Serbia 65-51 for their sixth consecutive win in Samsun.
In victory, Italy took the lead for good midway through the first quarter, and continued to control the game by pulling away to a double-digit lead in the second.
The Italians got key contributions from several players, and used a total team effort to move on.
Caterina Dotto led the way in the first half, her twin-sister Francesca in the third quarter, before Alessandra Formica and Alice Nori sealed the deal in the fourth.
Serbia took good care of the ball, taking fast-breaks away from Italy for most of the game, forcing them to play 5-on-5 ball. However, Italy controlled the boards from the get-go, while Caterina Dotto scored 11 points and dished out two quick assists as the Italians opened up a 28-19 advantage midway through the second quarter.
Triples from Ilaria Milazzo and center Alessandra Formica extended the lead to 12 points before teams went into halftime with the scoreboard showing 38-29.
Even though Natasa Kovacevic, with her all-round effort, did her best to trying to keep Serbia within striking distance, the Dotto twins made sure Italy stayed in front.
Zone defence, and a triple from Tamara Rajic helped Serbia cut it to 50-43 after three quarters, but that was as close as they got.
When Alice Nori grabbed an offensive rebound, then made a jumper and the additional free throw for 57-46, it was clear that Italy were moving on to the semi-finals.
Caterina Dotto scored 13 points, Francesca Dotto had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Formica finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Kovacevic finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia.