Ukraine, France To Play For Fifth

16 July 2011

Classification Roundup

6. Alina Iagupova (Ukraine)
Alina Iagupova once more was the motor of the Ukraine offence, finishing just one rebound shy off a triple-double

Ukraine will take on France for fifth place at the U20 European Championship Women after obliterating Italy 86-51 in their classification game.

Playing together for the penultimate time at this level, the star trio of Alina Iagpova, Olga Maznichenko and Olesia Malashenko teamed up to combine for 64 of Ukraine's 86 points.

Iagupova had 24 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, while Maznichenko collected 22 points and 15 rebounds and Malashenko added 18 points and eight rebounds.

The result was never in much doubt as Maznichenko had 11 points in the first quarter alone to power Ukraine into a 25-11 lead.

A three-pointer from Iagupova started the third quarter, and capped a 12-0 run, to make it 50-25, and Italy seemed resigned to their fate.

Alessandra Tava had 14 points for the Italians.

France took revenge for their qualifying round defeat as they used a devastating second half to beat Great Britain 55-39.

France outscored the Brits 39-18 in the second half, having trailed by five at half-time.

Although Britain had surrendered their lead in the third quarter, they were level, 32-32 on Temi Fagbenle's free throws at the start of the fourth.

But France then scored 12 straight to take the game away from Britain, and the run extended to a 23-4 surge when Clementine Samson split a pair of free throws with 1:33 left.

Linda Bousbaa led France with 17 points while Samson added 12 and Touty Gandega 11. Hhadydia Minte scored nine while pulling down 15 rebounds.

Fagbenle led Britain with 15 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action, while Ella Clark had 10 points.

Italy and Britain will play for seventh place.

Turkey secured ninth place with a 75-58 win over the Netherlands as Ayse Cora and Ozge Yavas each scored 15 points.

Ayse Cora (Turkey)
Ayse Cora made sure Turkey finish on a high as she dropped 15 points on the Netherlands

Turkey built a big early lead, emerging from the first quarter 21-10 up, and although the Dutch rallied after half-time, they were always comfortable.

Maxime Essenstam led the Netherlands with 15 points.

Lithuania sealed 11th place with a 76-67 win over Latvia, using an 8-2 fourth quarter run to keep Latvia at arm's length after watching them close early in the period.

Five Lithuania players scored in double figures, led by Laura Svaryte who had 16 points and nine rebounds, while Inesa Visgaudite added 15 and Gintare Mazionyte and Santa Okockyte scored 14 each.

Monika Grigalauskyte added 13 with 12 boards.

Kristine Brance led Latvia with 15 points.  


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