Anastasiya Shilova poured in 21 points including five of Russia's 12 three-pointers in guiding Russia to the gold medal of the U20 European Championship for Women with a thrilling 75-74 victory over Spain.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Anastasia Logunova scored 12 points, Tatiana Petrushina had 10 points and reserve center Liubov Paskalenko came off the bench for nine points and four blocks as Russia won their fifth U20 women's title following crowns in 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
No head coach, 3,000 hostile fans screaming at you and trailing by nine in the fourth quarter. No problem if you're Spain, who showed tremendous resiliency in overcoming Latvia 56-52 to set up a date with Russia in the final of the U20 European Championship for Women.
But it's five summers of winning youth gold and silver medals that helped Spain through the tough moments in Liepaja and reach the U20 women's final for the third time. And the Iberians are looking to take one step up from the 2009 silver and add 2010 gold to their 2007 title.
Spain overcame a hostile crowd and playing the final five minutes without their coach to come back and beat hosts Latvia 56-52 to reach the final of the U20 European Championship for Women where they will play Russia for the gold medal.
Marta Xargay had 13 points, Amaya Gastaminza collected 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks and Leonor Rodriguez hit for 12 points including a big three-pointer later in the victory, which saw coach Lucas Mondelo get sent to the dressing room for a second technical foul.
Marta Xargay made two free throws with 6.5 seconds left to give Spain a spot in the semi-finals of the U20 European Championship for Women with a 75-74 victory over Ukraine, who saw Olesia Malashenko's jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining bounce off the rim and out.
Xargay had 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals while Leonor Rodriguez scored 20 points and Vega Gimeno added 14 points for Spain, who will play either hosts Latvia or Turkey for a spot in Sunday's final.
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