|12 July 2013|
|Tilbe Senyürek found the right time to find her shot, scoring 13 points after only managing four combined in Turkey's previous three games|
Turning Point: With their opponents refusing to go away, Turkey strung together a 10-0 run between the third and fourth quarters to pull away to a 16-point advantage.
Game Hero: Tilbe Senyurek could not have picked a better time to have her best game of the tournament. After scoring a total of only four points in Turkey's three Second Round games, she came up with 13 points and five rebounds in the quarter-finals.
Stats Don't Lie: Turkey totally dominated on the glass in the second half when they out-rebounded Slovak Republic 27-13, with 10 of those rebounds coming at the offensive end of the court.
Hosts Turkey will play in the semi-finals of the U20 European Championship Women in Samsun after defeating the Slovak Republic 61-42 on Friday night in Samsun.
For a place in the title game, and a rematch of last year's semi-final, Turkey face the unbeaten two-time defending champions Spain.
The home team gave their fans no reason for nerves in the freshly completed New Yaşar Doğu Arena, controlling things on the floor for the majority of the encounter.
After a slow start to the game, big shots from Pelin Bilgic, Merve Aydin and Tilbe Senyurek, as well some great hustle on the offensive glass, put Turkey in front 25-16 midway through the second quarter.
Slovakia managed to stay in range in most part thanks to Sabína Oroszova, but below-par free throw shooting in the final moments of the period prevented them from coming closer than the 29-24 margin they were down by at the half.
After the break, Turkey stepped up on defence forcing turnovers, while dominating inside, and grabbing seven offensive rebounds. Their advantage soon reached double figures, and an 8-0 run to end the third quarter put them up 45-31 after 30 minutes.
The hosts never looked back, and cruised to a victory that sent them into the medal round.
Bilgic led Turkey with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Senyurek scored 13 points, while Olcay Cakir collected 12 points and five assists.
Oroszova finished with 17 points in defeat.