|Lorela Cubaj and Italy won their opening match against Sweden|
Turning Point: A 19-2 run in the first quarter put Italy well clear, and they never allowed Sweden to dream of a comeback as the lead swelled to 30 by the end of the third period.
Game Heroes: Lorela Cubaj imposed herself on the boards, picking up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Elisa Pinzan was the chief defensive pest, ending with eight steals to complement her nine points.
Stats Don't Lie: Turnovers destroyed Sweden's attempts at gaining an offensive foothold, with Italy's strong defence forcing 35 in total.
The Bottom Line: Italy's next match will be against Denmark, while Sweden face a tough task to bounce back as they take on the Czech Republic next.