Ukrainian forward Olexandra Gorbunova led a talented crop of players at the European Championship for U18 Women in Bratislava.
The 185 cm Gorbunova was selected as MVP of the tournament. She led all players in scoring in Bratislava at 21.4 ppg, to which she added 9.8 rpg. Germany were unfortunate enough to face Gorbunova at her best, and in their preliminary round match-up, she scored 23 points and grabbed 24 rebounds.
Serbia & Montenegro produced the first sensation of the quarter-finals at the European Championship for U18 Women here in Bratislava.
France were the clear favourites going into the contest, but Serbia & Montenegro dug deep and produced a strong final 5 minutes to take the game, 54:57.
Captain Sylvie Gruszczynski 'hates losing' and has made clear she will give her best to help her French side earn a medal at the Under-18 European Championship starting on Friday.
The talented 18-year-old talented point guard is currently in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava for the competition, which takes place from July 9 to 18.
18 teams took part in the Challenge Round of the 2004 European Championship for U18 Women. Countries were divided into 3 groups of 6 teams. Group A played in Druskininkai, LTU, Group B in Léon, Spain and Group C in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro.
After 6 days of play the 11 qualifiers for the final round emerged, as well as the medal favourites for the Championship which will take place 9th – 18th July 2004 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
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