CLASSIFICATIONFrance eased past a depleted Slovenia 66-43 to capture the bronze medal in the U18 European Championship Women 2010 in Slovakia.
France used their size inside while they managed to stop a tired-looking Nika Baric who missed all of her seven three-point attempts and was limited to 11 points with 23 percentage shooting from two-point goal field.
Tina Jakovina led Slovenia in scoring with 14 points and Hélèna Akmouche was France's top scorer with 13 points on four of four two-point field goal shooting.
Eléonore Grossemy and Lucie Barba also contributed to the French victory with 12 rebounds each and good rebounding was one of the reasons why France turned the game.
Baric's three-point play gave Slovenia an 11-8 lead after five minutes into the game, but coach Gregory Halin knew that in the absence of injured Tjasa Gortnar Slovenia's weak side was in the paint and France kept pushing the ball inside where Christelle Diallo dominated to give her team a 15-13 advantage after the first quarter.
France used a 6-0 run to open the second quarter and played more aggressive defense which resulted in the first double digit lead (25-15) after Florine Basque hit a jumper. Poor rebounding continued to hurt Slovenia the first half when France scored nine second chance points to widen the gap to 35-24.
Margaux Galliou got France going in the third quarter with a putback basket while Slovenia settled on mid-range jumpers, but they just would go in . Akmouche came off the bench to score a few fastbreak baskets and Sabrine Bouzenna added one free throw to help the eventual winners pull away 52-34 before the final quarter.
Slovenia started the fourth quarter with some hopes of comeback and half court pressing, but it was not to be. France sandwiched almost every penetration inside and hit in the counterattack to cruise to an easy win.