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Group:  F | 16.08.2011, 16:45h
Group:  F | 16.08.2011, 16:45h
72-48
15 - 821 - 1614 - 1722 - 7
15 - 821 - 1614 - 1722 - 7
Venue: Cagliari (ITA) |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Carmelo Paternico (ITA), Semen Ovinov (RUS), Vaclav Lukes (CZE)

GAME REPORT


Spain Break French Resistance Late

Spain made it five wins out of five at the U16 European Championship for Women with a convincing 72-48 victory over France on Tuesday.

But it needed a 20-4 run in the fourth quarter, and some effective shooting, for Evaristo Perez's young side to finally break the French resistance movement.

It means the Spanish will face Turkey on Wednesday with top spot in the second round group at stake. And Maria Arrojo, who led a balanced offensive effort with 14 points, says they can maintain its perfect record.

"There's a really good spirit between everyone," said Maria Arrojo. "We all have so much trust in each other and that gives us a lot of confidence. We've not played Turkey yet but we won't fear them."

The Spanish never trailed, taking any early 9-3 lead but France hit nine straight points to level at 17-17 midway through the second quarter.

The response was almost predictable. Spain forced turnovers with their pressure, going on a 9-0 run as they claimed a 36-24 half-time lead.

France - led by 16 points and 10 rebounds from Assitan Koné - made their surge back to close the gap to 46-41 late in the third. But their rivals found an extra gear to accelerate away.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.5%

27/62
FG
M/A

28.0%

14/50

46.2%

24/52
FG2P
M/A

33.3%

12/36

30.0%

3/10
FG3P
M/A

14.3%

2/14

62.5%

15/24
FT
M/A

75.0%

18/24

36

11/25
RT
RO/RD

41

13/28

14

AS

5

13

TO

28

17

ST

4

1

BS

3

20

PF

21

72

Pts

48

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