Hosts Turkey Bounce Back, Grab Bronze

14.07.2013

U20 WOMEN

11. Özge Kavurmacioglu (Turkey)
Özge Kavurmacioglu rebounded from two previous quiet outtings, scoring a team-high 9 points in an all-round effort

Turning Point: In a span of 11 minutes bridging the first and second quarter, Turkey went on a 21-4 spurt to grab a 29-10 lead, and they never looked back.

Game Hero: Playmaker Olcay Cakir led Turkey's second-quarter charge, coming up with steals and running the fast break.

Stats Don't Lie: During the final minute of the first, and the entire second quarter, Turkey forced 14 turnovers that led to 15 easy points, helping them build a big advantage.

Turkey has won the bronze medal for the second year in a row at the U20 European Championship Women, defeating Belarus 53-38.

The host nation led from start to finish, and now finish the tournament with a 7-2 record.

It was another dominant defensive performance from the hosts, who needed only a quarter-and-a-half to blow the game wide open.

Turkey muscled their way to a big lead in the late stages of the first quarter. By taking care of rebounds, and controlling the paint on both ends of the floor, they finished the period with seven unanswered points and held a 15-6 lead after the opening 10 minutes.

A triple from Pelin Bilgic, and Olcay Cakir-led fast breaks, helped the hosts extend the margin to 25-8 midway through the second quarter. Forcing turnover after turnover, the advantage was as big as 20 points a minute before halftime, and 32-14 at the break.

Maryia Papova was the lone scorer for Belarus in the second quarter, but went scoreless again in the third. With a couple of baskets from Hanna Kalenta and Darya Lipinskaya Belarus cut it to 36-20, but did not manage much more than that.

Turkey was already in cruise-control, as all 12 players got their chance to savour the taste of victory.

Ozge Kavurmacioglu led in triumph with nine points and seven rebounds, and Bilgic also scored nine points. Cakir finished with eight points, four assists and four steals.

For Belarus, Lipinskaya scored all of her 11 points in the second half, and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Papova finished with eight points plus 10 rebounds, and Kalenta collected 14 rebounds along with her six points.

 


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