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Slovakia, Czechs Set Up Semi-Final Showdown

24.07.2010
Alena Hanusova had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Czech Republic to a convincing 71-37 victory over Greece in the quarter-finals of the U20 European Championship for Women Division B to set up a semi-final showdown with neighbors Slovakia - 49-46 winners over Hungary.

The other semi-final - with the winner gaining promotion next summer to Division A - will see Great Britain taking on Portugal.  Great Britain beat Israel 72-65 and Portugal eased past Belgium 59-40.

The Czechs, who dropped from Division A last year, allowed just 16 points in the first half and then finished off the Greeks with a 24-9 fourth quarter.

Dana Kuslitova added 11 points and Dominika Brezinova had 10 for the Czechs, who have not won a U20 Division A medal since bronze in 2004.

Slovakia trailed Hungary by as many as 11 points before eventually prevailing with Renata Baburova's two free throws with six seconds left in a 49-46 win.

Klaudia Lukacovicova collected 18 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and four blocks and Veronika Cernakova scored 11 for Slovakia.

Mary Durojaye collected 12 points and nine rebounds while Tamzin Barroilhet had 11 points and Mairi Buchan scored 10 points in a 72-65 win over Israel.

Portugal gave up just two points in the second quarter in beating Belgium 59-40 with Maria Correira scoring 18 points while Sofia Da Silva had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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