By David Hein
Italy out-scored Germany 13-0 over the final 7:20 minutes to collect a 49-35 victory and advance to the qualifying round at the U20 European Championship for Women.
Laura Spreafico collected 19 points and 10 rebounds and Federica Tognalini added 14 points and 10 rebounds as Italy improved to 1-2 in Group C in Liepaja.
Germany shot just 24 percent for the game in dropping to 0-3 in the group and will now enter the relegation round. Stephanie Wagner led all Germans with 10 points.
|Cristina Ouvina led the way for Spain with 19 points.|
The first quarter was a tight game throughout and Italy led 8-7 after the period.
Germany used a 6-0 run to open a 19-11 lead in the second but Italy responded with nine straight points for a 20-19 lead at the break.
The Germans moved ahead 28-24 but Spreafico knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Italy led 32-30 after three quarters.
Germany pulled within 36-35 with 7:20 remaining but missed their final 10 shots and turned the ball over three times over that time frame.
In the other group game Cristina Ouvina poured in 19 points to lead Spain to a 75-67 victory over Serbia, taking first place.
Ouvina also had four rebounds, three assists and three steals while Vega Gimeno scored 12 points and Amaya Gastaminza had 11 points as Spain improved to 3-0.
Serbia dropped to 2-1 despite 15 points from Nevena Jovanovic and 11 points by Tijana Ajdukovic.
Serbia opened the game with the first seven points but the first quarter was close throughout with Serbia leading 22-21 after one period.
The teams battled it out in the second quarter as well before Spain used an unsportsmanlike foul on Serbia to go ahead 38-31. But the gap was down to 40-36 at the break. All told there were five lead changes and three ties in the quarter.
Ouvina took over the reins in the third quarter for Spain and helped keep Spain ahead, scoring nine points including a big three-point play after a six-point Serbian run. And Spain led 54-53 after three quarters.
The game was knotted at 61-61 when Ouvina started a 9-0 surge which included two baskets by Gastaminza for a 70-61 advantage. And Serbia would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.