Huge Win For Turkey Against Russia

05 August 2011

U18 Women

15. Özge Kavurmacioglu (Turkey)
Özge Kavurmacioglu, who made four crucial free throws, had 11 points and seven rebounds for Turkey

Turkey reached a huge win against Russia, 56-51, on the second day of the Global Vision U18 European Championship, and now have a big chance to advance to the Qualifying Round.

Russia led only twice during the game, in the beginning, when they scored the first basket, and in the second quarter when they had a one-point lead, 21-20.

Otherwise it was Turkey all the way but they had to fight hard in every possession to hold the game in their hands.

The Turkish forced an 11-0 run to make it 30-21 but Russia climbed back in the game and leveled the scored, 49-49, with 4:38 to go.

Kalfali responded with a crucial three pointer for Turkey with three minutes to the end, to make it 52-49, and all the Turkish bench jumped for joy.

Russia closed the gap once more, to one point, after two free throws made by Anastasia Tochilova, her only points of the game.

But it was all Russia could do, as they didn't score another basket in the last two minutes.

Özge Kavurmacioglu had ice in her vanes and sank four out of five free throws to close the game.

She finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds while Olcay Cakir contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Ksenia Tikhonenko posted a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds and she was supported by Mariya Davydova with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Russia had a really bad day from the free throw line, shooting only 42 percent.

Now they desperately need a win against Sweden, on the last day of the Preliminary Round, but their hopes to qualify further will stay alive only if Sweden lose today against Romania.

Turkey have a big chance to advance, and they can do this even if they lose in front of the Romanian team on the last day, if Sweden win against Russia.


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