Latvia, Belgium And Russia Finish With Wins

12.07.2009

Latvia finished the U18 European Championship Women on a high note, beating Ukraine 72-61 to take seventh place.

The Latvians jumped out to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter.

Latvia's lead ballooned to 39-22 by half-time and then cruised to victory.

9. OlHa Maznichenko (Ukraine)
Ol'Ha Maznichenko hit 15 of her 20 free throws and finished with 25 pts

Ukraine's Ol'Ha Maznichenko poured in a game-high 25 points but committed seven of her team's 25 turnovers in the game.

Sabine Niedola led Latvia with 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

In the battle to finish ninth, Russia broke open a close game in the final quarter for a 65-52 triumph over Italy.

With the game knotted at 43-43 late in the third quarter, the Russians outscored the Italians 22-9 the remainder of the way.

Russia's Viktoria Medvedeva scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as her team trailed 39-36.

12. Jana Raman (Belgium)
Jana Raman led her team in rebounds and points in the win over Poland

Despite making just one of their 21 attempts from long range, the Russians were superior shooting the ball from inside the arc.

They finished 15 of 36 (46.8%) while the Italians were 11 of 31 (35.4%).

Meanwhile, Jana Raman scored 19 points as Belgium destroyed Poland 87-55.

The Belgian center also corralled 15 rebounds and blocked three shots as her team guaranteed themselves an 11th-place finish.

Poland struggled in every department and were down 28-8 after 10 minutes played.

By the end of the third quarter, Belgium had extended their lead to 65-39 en route to triumph.

Belgium out-rebounded Poland 53-40.


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