|Polina Fedorova amassed 11 points and eight boards for Russia|
A super second half defensive performance by Russia helped nail down a super 60-40 success against the previously unbeaten Netherlands at the U18 European Championship Women, a result which carried them to a place in the quarter-finals.
Russia made it three wins in a row with the victory in Vukovar and whilst they did not enjoy a particularly fruitful shooting night, they were very effective at the defensive end.
Despite having already racked up four wins from their four games since arriving on Croatian soil, the Netherlands completely hit the wall offensively.
Russia threw a defensive blanket over them to great effect in the second half and the Netherlands had no response as they faded badly down the final stretch and only managed nine points in a disastrous 20 minutes.
It was the Russian team who jumped into an early 19-13 lead and whilst the Dutch team cut the gap to two points heading into the second half, they could only manage four points in the third period and by the last quarter, their offence came to a grinding halt.
Russia held their opponents scoreless for the last five minutes of the game to ease their way to the win.
Anna Schetina had 10 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Polina Fedorova had 11 points and eight boards.
Emese Hoff was the brightest Netherlands player on show with three big blocks during a short passage of play in the middle of the third frame, but the Netherlands could not score on any of the resulting offensive plays. She also picked up six rebounds.