Romania Lead Charge Into Semis

07.08.2010

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Cristina Bigica scored 16 points as Romania used a big second quarter to beat Denmark 65-56 and book a place in the semi-finals of the U18 European Championship for Women Division B.
 
Bigica's lay-up capped a 9-2 run before half-time that helped Romania outscore their opponents 24-14 in the period.

Gritt Ryder scored 12 points for Denmark, but it is Romania who advance to the semi-finals, where they will face Belarus.

Viktoriya Datsun's team advanced with an 81-76 victory over England.

England had led 60-56 at the start of the fourth quarter but Belarus came out on a charge, using a 14-5 run to turn the game in their favour.

7. Georgia Kantara (Greece)
Georgia Kantara and Greece have booked a ticket in the semi-finals

England's shooting then let them down in the final stretch as Belarus pulled clear.

Nadzeya Bohdan scored 24 points and added eight rebounds in the win.

Twenty-four points and 10 rebounds from Temitope Fagbenle were not enough for England.

Artemis Spanou lifted Greece into the semi-finals with 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 68-60 win over Croatia.

Croatia had led 31-30 at half-time, but superior shooting carried Greece clear in the second half.

They will now face the Netherlands, who emerged 66-56 winners from a see-saw affair with Finland.

The Dutch dominated early, and led 27-14 at the end of the first quarter.

But their advantage was cut to six, 34-28, by half-time and was just two, 48-46, going into the final frame.

An early 9-2 run finally put the Netherlands over the top.

Petronella Kraaijenoord led the charge with 17 points and seven rebounds.

Sonja Greinacher's 14 points and seven rebounds lifted Germany to a 61-47 win over Switzerland, while Mijana Dzombeta was the star of Bosnia & Herzegovina's 59-46 win over Luxembourg with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Jelena Vucetic poured in 24 points as Montenegro topped Estonia 74-60, and Yael Shafir had 16 points to help Israel thrash Scotland 63-39.


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