Referees: Petra Kremer (GER), Iskren Manolov (BUL), Mathieu Bayot (BEL)
Turkey Trio Overwhelms Italy
Turkey's big three of Bahar Caglar, Yasemin Dalgalar and Gizem Yavuz combined for 55 points as Turkey held off hosts Italy 65-49 at the U20 European Championship for Women.
Caglar had 21 points and 10 rebounds while Dalgalar and Yavuz each scored 17 in helping Turkey improve to 2-1 in the Qualifying Round Group E - even with Serbia and France.
Arianna Zampieri led the Italians with 13 points but it was not enough with Nino Molino's side falling to 1-2 in the group - even with Czech Republic and Latvia.
Turkey opened the game with the first six points and were up 9-2. Italy pulled back to 11-9 but then fell behind 18-11 en route to a 22-15 deficit after one period.
Caglar's seven points spurred a 9-2 surge to start the second quarter in leading Turkey to a 31-17 lead. Clelia Corsi made back-to-back baskets and Zampieri drained a three-ball to make it 31-24. But Bahar Yapar answered with a trey of her own and it was 34-26 for Turkey at the break.
Turkey held Italy at bay and then Ilknur Dumlu knocked down back-to-back three-pointers midway through the third quarter to push the lead to 48-31. And the Turks led 50-35 after three periods.
Italy was spurred on by the home fans in Chieti and played tough defence, holding Turkey scoreless for nearly five minutes in pulling back to within 50-42 on Chiara Rossi's basket. But Caglar scored and Dalgalar converted a three-point play as the lead swelled back to 57-43 with four minutes to play. And Italy could not muster another comeback.
Caglar was substituted out with just over a minute left and was taken to a local hospital after the game to have her right shoulder examined.