Ukraine Edge Poland, Move Into Quarters

04.08.2010

GROUP F

Ukraine punched a Quarter-Final ticket after an emotional 71-70 victory against Poland in the U18 European Championship Women 2010.

Poland entered the game knowing that if they were to have a chance of making the Quarters instead of their opponents they had to win by eight points or better and they came close to their goal in the second half. But in the end they made to pay for failing to stop Alina Iagupova who again run Ukraine's offense with 42 points and 11 rebounds.

Poland enjoyed a better start and took an early 10-5 lead, but Iagupova's triples helped Ukraine get their nose in front.

The second quarter saw Poland pushing the ball to center Agata Szczepanik, but she couldn't score easy baskets, while Ukraine continued to bomb from behind the three-point line. Poland improved their offense and tried to double team Iagupova, but this could do little against her explosive drive and she carried Ukraine to the second half with a 37-34 advantage.

Izdiorek tied the score 39-39 early in the third quarter when she connected with a triple from the right corner and neither team led more then three points until Magdalena Zietara scored a difficult layup to help Poland pull away 59-54 before the final ten minutes.

Poland tried to escape in the fourth quarter and even led by five points with 7:23 to go but then Iagupova came again to the rescue. She buried an incredible triple with less then two minutes left in regulation which sealed Ukraine's victory.

Zietara scored 16 points for Poland with 66.6 percentage field goal shooting.


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