Spain Ease Past Turkey To Claim Fifth

05 August 2012

U18 WOMEN

Spanish players celebrating their victory
Spain players celebrating their victory over Turkey in the fifth place game at the U18 European Championship Women

Spain shrugged off the disappointment of their quarter-final exit at the U18 European Championship Women to clinch fifth place and the last remaining spot at next summer's U19 World Championship Women with a convincing 71-60 success against Turkey.

Despite being weakened by the loss of injured top scorer Maria Arrojo, Spain began strongly and didn't miss a beat, leading from tip to buzzer in a game where the final margin actually flattered a disappointing Turkey.

The losing team started the game poorly, without a score during the first five minutes while Spain registered the first seven points of the contest.

Much to the relief of the Turkish team, Deniz Dogan finally got the scoreboard ticking over with a three-pointer from the corner, but it wasn't a sign of things to come.

It was a lot more problematic than merely a false start as Spain continued their dominance, powering their way into a 24-8 advantage, helped by two big triples from Marta Montoliu.

Spain continued getting far too many offensive rebounds and consequently it wasn't long before they passed the 20-point lead landmark, midway through the second period, at 31-10.

While Turkey could barely have played much worse when they returned to the court after the break, they continued missing far too many lay-ups and put-backs during the third quarter to make any real impression.

They finally made a move by scoring the first seven points of the last period in the process, briefly cutting the deficit to single digits.

But, Spain was always in full control, turning the ball over only nine times which highlighted their composure to ride out comfortable winners.

Pelin Bilgic top scored in the game with 16 points for Turkey.


 


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