U16 WOMEN DIVISION B
|Ana Ferariu stole the show on Wednesday with a rare quadruple-double|
The eight teams remaining who still have one eye on the podium at the U16 European Championship Women Division B, tipped off the second phase of their medal bid on day seven in Matosinhos.
With two pools of four teams, the battle for the top eight spots began in earnest, with Serbia continuing to look like gold medal material in Group E. They made it a fabulous five games without defeat as they breezed past England 80-44. Katarina Zec was on fire and shot over 72% from the floor on her way to an excellent 23 points and nine rebounds for the victorious Serbians as England bemoaned an excruciating 29 turnovers.
Also in Group E, Finland extended their winning streak to three games after a 53-40 success against Belarus in a game of two halves. It was Belarus sitting pretty during the interval at 28-19 in front, but they found themselves locked down when they returned and managed a paltry 12 points in the second half. Riina Karkkainen had seven assists for the delighted Finns, whilst Hanna Brych had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.
Red-hot Denmark inflicted a first loss of the tournament on Poland as they started their campaign in Group F with an 84-66 victory that was founded on a stunning 24-7 second period and a trio of tremendous displays. Ann Noerregaard was electric from three-point range and dropped five triples in a 21-point haul, Enna Pehadzic was less efficient for the same number of points, but added 10 assists and Sarah Mortensen contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Portugal are yet to discover that losing feeling after they won in Group F, by easing past Israel 57-40. After a hard fought and relatively tight first half, the hosts blew the game open with a 20-9 third quarter. It wasn't the best shooting night of the tournament for the still unbeaten Portugal, but nine steals between Carolina Bernardeco and Sofia De Almeida along with an awesome 11 offensive rebounds by Maria Kostourkova made all the difference.
Meanwhile in the Classification Games for 9th to 17th place, Romania chalked a first victory on Portuguese territory at the fifth attempt with an 82-49 win against Ireland.
The success was made possible by a rare and special quadruple-double by Ana Ferariu who had 23 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. Team-mate Andreea Arsulesei added a near triple-double with 10 points, 17 rebounds and stellar nine blocks.
Finally, Estonia and Norway are still searching for their first wins. The former lost 60-51 to Switzerland and the latter went down 77-25 to Slovenia.