Sweden played as good a first half as could be expected and it proved enough to see off Croatia 69-49 at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Over the course of the first two quarters, Romana Ptackova's girls hit seven of 17 three-point attempts and made 55 per cent of their shots from inside the arc to take a 43-18 lead at the break.
Roared on by a compact but raucous group of their fans, Sweden never trailed as they scored the game's first three buckets and used an 11-0 run to end the first quarter with a 24-9 lead.
The Swedes played well within the flow of the offense and showed their willingness and patience to set up the open shot as well as make the extra pass.
Croatia meanwhile struggled from the field and had to endure several extended scoring droughts. Their defensive effort was good, but little could be done as their opponents were on fire.
Sweden did cool down in the second half but Sofia Aastrom made timely three-pointers in the third quarter to deflate Croatia even more, pushing the lead to 55-29 on her fourth effort from long range.
Fatigue could tell in the final frame when Sweden's shots were way off and Croatia took advantage of the situation to come within 14, 61-47. That's as close as they would get though as time ran out on them.
Cleopatra Forsman B Goga finished with team-highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds and Stefanie Yderstrom chipped in with 16 points and nine assists. Aastrom got all 12 of her points on four for five shooting from three-point range.
Mia Carapina had 16 points for Croatia who dropped to 0-2.