Gintare Petronyte pulled out some late-game heroics to guide her Lithuania to a 75-66 win over Sweden and keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the Quarter-Finals of the U20 European Championship Women 2009.
"This victory was very important but we think that tomorrow is the most important game," said the FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year.
Tomorrow Lithuania faces Russia with a spot in the Quarter-Finals on the line.
Fight and effort were more on display than precise execution, but nevertheless the game offered emotion as both teams knew they were fighting for their lives.
Lithuania were leading in the second half till Sweden pulled ahead 65-61 with under four minutes to play on a four point possession off an unsportsmanlike foul capped by a Louice Halvarsson field goal.
That was when Petronyte took over. The center scored eight points, going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line, and dished out two blocks in the game's final three-and-a-half minutes.
Petronyte ended the contest with a game-high 22 points, 13 boards and three blocks.
Sweden was paced by Halvarsson's 18 points to go with 14 rebounds while Danielle Hamilton Carter added 13 points and 11 boards.Petronyte got some big help from team-mates Kamile Nacickaite (18 points) and Gabriele Narvicuite (13 points).