|Zhosselina Maigawas once again outstanding for Russia|
There was a brilliant fifth win in a row for Russia at the U18 European Championship Women after they dismissed a sluggish start against Serbia to wrap up their Second Round efforts with a 68-64 victory.
Turning Point: Russia were left reeling after a dreadful 17-6 start, but arose from their slumber with a spectacular 20-6 run either side of the interval to turn the momentum in their direction.
Game Heroes: Plenty of contenders in this one since Zhosselina Maiga was sensational again with 25 points and nine boards. Her partner in the paint Tatiana Sema, was awful in terms of her shooting but made up for it with 13 rebounds and a super five blocked shots. Kseniia Levchenko dished up nine assists, while Daria Kolosovskaia was a solitary rebound short of a double-double after amassing 20 points.
Stats Don't Lie: Russia controlled the board as they have done in most games and pulled down 50 rebounds, including a spectacular 20 on the offensive glass.
The Bottom Line: Russia won again despite an awful start, a miserable 2-of-19 from downtown and so there is much for them to be confident about heading into the quarter-finals with much of the chatter in Matosinhos now about them possibly making the final. With three losses in four, Serbia are labouring a little although are dangerous enough to claim victory in the last eight.