Sweden Hold Off Hosts, Play For Fifth
Sweden will play for fifth place at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women after holding hosts Latvia scoreless for nearly the final four minutes in collecting 55-47 victory.
Cleopatra Forsman B. Goga scored 14 points while Farhiya Abdi had 11 points and Amanda Zahui Bazoukou's 14 rebound helped the Swedes to a 42-30 rebounding advantage.
The 2006 Division B Champions Sweden will at worst take home a sixth-place finish in their first U16 Division A tournament since 1982 - which will be great improvement on their previous best of 11th place in 1980 and 1982.
The Swedes will play Russia on Sunday to determine fifth place.
The hosts Latvia - who lost to Sweden in the 2006 Division B final - will face Hungary for seventh place on Sunday.
Latvian Sabine Niedola continued her stellar showing in Valmiera with 12 points and 12 rebounds - her seventh straight double-double. Anete Kirsteine added 11 points while Linda Pagrode chipped in nine points, three rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort.
Sweden opened a nine-point early in the second quarter but the game was tied at the break. It was back-and-forth until Niedola's basket trimmed Sweden's lead to 50-47 with 3:53 remaining.
But Sweden worked hard defensively and forced the Latvians into missing their final six shots and one turnover.