After a tough last minute loss to France, Croatia rebounded on Day 2 with a convincing 90-67 triumph over Serbia in Group B.
On the opposite site Serbia suffered their first defeat of the tournament after beating Italy in a closely contested match on Day 1. Their game against Croatia was far from being a close one however.
Croatia dominated and got whatever they wanted offensively. A total of 90 scored points and a field goal percentage of 63.8 percent were the significant key stats of the well working Croatian offense. Five players scored in double figures with Ruzica Dzankic posting a game high 26 points. For Serbia Natasa Kovacevic was the leading scorer with 22 points.
Serbia scored the opening field goal but it was Croatia that got the better start overall. The Croatians took control of the game and built a solid six point lead.
They bolstered their lead in the second quarter. A 7-2 run pushed it up to double digits (18-29) for the first time. Dzankic found her rhythym in the offense early on and scored 17 first half points. Together with Anja Majstorovic and Lana Packovski she formed a formidable scoring trio that pushed Croatia to a 46-33 halftime lead. Defensively the Serbs had troubles to adjust to the Croatian game, allowing their opponents a sky high field goal percentage (19/28 FG) in the first twenty minutes.
Croatia kept setting the tone and advanced to a 17 point lead halfway though the third quarter. Serbia took a time-out to talk things over but they could not close the gap. With a commanding 68-51 advantage to start the final quarter, Croatia already had one hand one their first victory of the U16 European Championship Women.
In the last period they made sure to firmly grab the victory with both hands.