Semi-Final Spot For Red Hot Russia

24.08.2012

U20 WOMEN

Turning Point: A 14-5 run early in the final quarter sparked by Ekaterina Fedorenkova was the moment when Sweden was truly undone.

Game Heroes: Galina Kiseleva and Alexandra Stolyar combined for 28 points and sunk six triples between them to put their opponent to the sword.

Stats Don't Lie: Russia shot 45% from long-range and while 16 turnovers isn't exactly stunning, it was a big improvement on most of the previous games when they have been far too careless with the ball.

 

Alexandra Stolyar (Russia)
Alexandra Stolyar did a wonderful job on both sides of the floor, recording 15 points and a game-high seven steals

A fabulous display from behind the three-point line helped Russia to shoot down Sweden 73-65 in Debrecen and secure a wonderful fifth successive Semi-Final place at the U20 European Championship Women.

Russia buried nine triples to end the medal dreams of a Swedish team who was below their buoyant best of recent games when they have really impressed.

Sweden actually started brightly but as the game unfolded, Russia began to take a firmer grip of the contest and ultimately never looked like losing their lead once they grabbed it.

Trailing 17-11 during the first quarter, the Russians embarked on a terrific 16-1 burst either side of the first quarter break to take control and it would prove to be a lead they would never relinquish.

Almost every time Sweden subsequently threatened to wrestle the initiative away, Russia always seemed to make a big shot or execute simple and smart plays.

Sweden's case wasn't helped by Russia being on fire from outside while in stark contrast they were a disappointing 1 of 8 at the interval and 38-30 behind.

At least Sweden did give themselves a great opportunity of turning the game around by the end of the third quarter when they got to within four points at 50-46.

Only Russia had no intention of even considering the notion of late drama as they registered one of their strongest passages of the game early in the fourth period to realistically end Swedish hopes.

Russia now meets the Netherlands to determine who will get to contest Sunday's gold medal game.

 

 


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