Group F: France Continue Unbeaten Streak With Win Over Turkey

19 July 2007

Unbeaten France edged Turkey 76-70 to book a meeting with Serbia in the semi-final round of the U20 European Championship for Women.

With one minute remaining and the scored tied at 70 70, France went on a 6-0 run to claim their sixth consecutive triumph in Sofia.

Endene Miyem (France)
Nwal-Endene Miyem scored 16 points for France.
Nwal-Endene Miyem scored four points in that spurt for Les Bleues and finished with a team-high 16 points while also pulling down nine rebounds.

"This was a tough game," admitted Miyem.

"But I believe it has prepared us for Saturday's game against Serbia which will be my no means easy.

"We are going into the semi-final as undefeated but that will be of little consolation if we lose our next game."

Despite defeat, Turkey are through to the last four and will take on Spain on Saturday.

Turkey led 39-31 at half-time but France battled back with an 18-5 run over the next five minutes to take a 49-44 advantage.

France kept their noses in front and went into the last stanza with a 61-51 advantage.

Francis Denis' team almost shot themselves in the foot as they failed to score over the next five minutes as Turkey went on an 8-0 surge to reduce the deficit 61-59 but ultimately ran out of steam.

France were superior shooting the ball from close- range, as they were 26 of 42 (61.9%) while their opponents where 22 of 40 (50%).

Bahar Caglar had a game-high 21 points in defeat.


22.07.2007 - by Cindy Garcia-Bennett
22.07.2007 - By Cindy Garcia-Bennett, PA Sport

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