Referees: Elena Chernova (RUS), Dragan Kralj (BIH), Uros Obrknezevic (SRB)
Iagupova Comes Up Big Again As Ukraine Edge Czechs
Ukraine edged Czech Republic 76-75 behind Alina Iagupova's 34 points, in an exciting game at the U18 European Championship in Poprad, Slovakia.
Karolína Elhotová scored 20 points for Czech republic and both teams combined for 107 rebounds.
B. Vechtova made life uncomfortable for Ukraine inside the paint where she rejected two shots in the first quarter when Czechs took a slim lead by 6 points, 21-15.
Ukraine used their best scoring option, Iagupova, who scored at will to help her team take over the lead 34-33 with 3:25 to go in the first half.
Viktoriya Karyeva nailed a triple and added a jumper to initiate a 10-2 run that pulled Ukraine away in the third quarter, 56-51.
Ukraine then went ahead 69-64 with less then four minutes to go in the fourth. The Czech team responded in a dramatic fashion with a 8-2 run, but a turnover and Lyudmyla Naumenko's second chance basket with 35 seconds to go earned Ukraine their first victory in the tournament.