Slovakia Strike First Against Russia

08.08.2011

U18 Women

10. Sabína Oroszová (Slovak Republic)
Slovak forward Sabína Oroszová posted a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds

The Slovak Republic registered their first win at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women, beating Russia 64-56 in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place.

Russia has yet to find the winning track at this tournament and stretched their losing streak to four games.

It was another terrible day for the team that finished 5th in last year's edition.

They confirmed their poor tournament from the free throw line, with just 59.4 percent, on 19-of-32 shooting.

The Russians were penultimate in this statistical category after the Preliminary Round.

The Slovaks' great defense forced 28 turnovers from the opposite side which, combined with 18 offensive rebounds, made the difference.

"The rebounds, together with our great defense and team effort helped us to take this first win, which is a really important one for us," said in the end Sabina Oroszova, who finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the winners.

Angelika Slamová added 14 points, four assists and five rebounds and Barbora Balintova contributed with 15 points and five steals.

Maryia Davydova tried to carry Russia on her shoulders and ended the game with 17 points and seven rebounds, on 62.5 percent shooting from the floor.

Ksenia Tikhonenko was the only other Russian player in double digits, with 10 points.

The Slovaks led all the way from start to end.

Although their biggest lead came only in the last five minutes of the game, when they twice reached a 13-point advantage, Russia could not come closer than five points in the last three quarters.

The two teams will meet again on Friday.


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