France take home bronze


Defending champions France collected their third bronze medal of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women by running away from up-starts Sweden 73-44 in the Third Place Game.

Jenny Fouasseau and Eléonore Grossemy paced France with 16 points each as Arnaud Guppillotte's side added 2008 bronze to third-place finishes in 1997 and 1999; gold in 2001 and 2007; and 2005 silver.

Adja Konteh added 13 points for the winners while Hélčna Akmouche had 11 and Florine Basque chipped in 10 points.

Sweden, who had lost to France 80-36 in the Qualifying Round, improved one spot their best-ever showing from last summer to take fourth place. Farhiya Abdi's 17 points and 14 rebounds were not enough though Sandra Hasahya Ngoie added 10 points.

France scored the first 12 points of the game and held Sweden scoreless for five minutes. But the Scandanavians would pull to within 16-7 after one quarter. The Swedes' tough defense kept France without a point for nearly six minutes and Abdi and Amanda Zahui found their way into the game in a 9-0 start to the second to knot the game at 16-16. Abdi would give Sweden their first lead 22-20 before Ngoie's three-ball had Peter Johansson's side up 26-24 at the break.

Fouasseau and Akmouche both knocked down three-pointers in France's 10-0 start to the second half before Abdi's jumper made it 34-28. But the French blew the game open with an 11-2 surge for a 45-30 lead, which Ngoie trimmed to 45-33 after three periods. Abdi's three-point play cut the margin to 49-40 but Fouasseau and Konteh hit back-to-back triples to spark a 24-4 surge to finish the game.

In the game for fifth place, Emma Meesseman scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Julie Vanloo added 21 points as Belgium knocked off hosts Poland 73-51.

Julie Vanloo (Belgium)
Julie Vanloo (Belgium) scored 21 points

Hanne Mestdagh chipped in six points, six rebounds and six assists as Belgium had their best finish since winning bronze in 1995 with the likes of current senior team members Ann Wauters and Anke De Mondt.

Dorota Mistygacz paced Poland with 16 points and seven rebounds and Kinga Bandyk had 10 points.

In the game for seventh place, Hungary cruised past Turkey 69-44 with Judit Mányoky leading the way with 12 points and Anna Mansaré had 10.

Turkey were playing without two injured starters Özlem Öztürk and Rana Derin but had Olcay Cakir score 14 points.

Russia finished in ninth place following a 74-59 victory over Belarus with Anastasiya Maksimova scoring 23 points and Yulia Stepanova adding 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Aliaksandra Shymkaviak scored 16 points in a losing effort for Belarus.

The Czech Republic took 11th place with a 52-47 victory over Lithuania with Karolína Elhotová and Martina Cepelková each scoring eight points for the winners.

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