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Group:  B | 14.08.2010, 18:45h
Group:  B | 14.08.2010, 18:45h
51-76
16 - 1621 - 185 - 179 - 25
16 - 1621 - 185 - 179 - 25
Venue: Kozani |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Henrykh Bekish (BLR), Zafer Yilmaz (TUR), Apostolos Kalpakas (SWE)

GAME REPORT


Croatia Easy Winners Over Italy

Winless Italy looked to secure their first victory of the U16 European Championship Women 2010 but Croatia denied them this goal and prevailed 76-51.

A good first half wasn't sufficient for Italy to come up with a win. In the second half they could not keep up with their opponents. Croatia used a strong third quarter to win their second game.

After a slow start to the game slow (3-9) in the opening minutes the Italians finally found their rhythym and quickly closed the gap. The lead changed sides a couple of times before Italy's Marida Orazzo was successful with a three-point play to give her team a 32-27 edge.

While Italy's biggest strength had been outside shots (6/15 from behind the arc) Croatia's bench players contributed significantly.

With back to back three-pointers of their own Croatia ignited a 8-0 run to start the third quarter. It helped them to reclaim the lead. Italy lost their shooting touch and only scored five third quarter points. This time carried by their starters Croatia took over the game and led by as much as nine points.

Italy's scoring woes continued in the fourth quarter. On the other side Croatia produced points on a consistent level. With four minutes to go they practically put the game to sleep (43-63).

Ruzica Dankic scored a game-high 17 points. Her teammate Andrijana Cvitkovic collected 15 points as well as 15 rebounds. Erica Reggiani was the only Italian player in double figures (14 points) but fouled out after 24 minutes.

Croatia finished second in their Group B and advanced to the Qualifying Round. Italy ended up fourth and will have to play in the Classification Round. Winner of Group B is France, Serbia finished third.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

26.1%

18/69
FG
M/A

46.4%

26/56

26.2%

11/42
FG2P
M/A

53.8%

21/39

25.9%

7/27
FG3P
M/A

29.4%

5/17

42.1%

8/19
FT
M/A

54.3%

19/35

36

16/20
RT
RO/RD

59

18/41

8

AS

12

25

TO

33

21

ST

15

2

BS

8

27

PF

17

51

Pts

76

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