|Binta Drammeh had another great game with 19 points and 15 rebounds |
Sweden and France will play for fifth place on the last day of the U20 European Championship Women in Debrecen after claiming wins against Ukraine and Belarus who will battle it out for seventh spot.
Farhiya Abdi and Binta Drammeh both starred for Sweden in an entertaining 81-76 success with the former claiming 20 points and the latter posting a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds.
But, despite the Swedish win, it was another extraordinary performance by Alina Iagupova which had everybody talking about inside Fönix Hall.
She finished with a tournament high 39 points, completing a double-double by adding 10 rebounds in addition to a creditable six assists. She dropped seven triples in the game, once again shooting over 40% from long-range.
She was again well supported by Lyudmyla Naumenko and Anna Kiriyenko but Sweden had given themselves enough of a lead to hang on during the final quarter.
Trailing 74-64, Ukraine scored three successive triples either side of a Drammeh basket to make it a one-shot game with two minutes remaining but Sweden made the win safe from the free-throw line.
The other game was a little more straightforward as France routed Belarus 71-35 thanks to a terrific opening half when they managed to establish a 20-point lead.
The French trashed their opponent on the glass, out-rebounding Belarus by 60-28 and this was partly why they were so dominant.
Jodie Cornelie played her best game of the tournament with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Sara Chevaugeon continued her good scoring form with 12 points.
In stark contrast and on a day to forget for Belarus, none of their players could manage more than a paltry seven points.