Lithuania held off Russia 63-57 to claim their first ever U18 European Championship for Women.
Aurime Rinkeviciute saved her best for last as she finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists but most importantly made the right plays at the right time down the stretch to lead her team to victory for the eighth and final time.
Lithuania guard Aurime Rinkeviciute was named Most Valuable Player of the U18 European Championship for Women after leading her team all the way to the gold medal with a 63-57 win over Russia in Sunday's final.
The 1.79m guard saved her best for last by scoring a game-high 27 points - her best offensive output in the tournament - and added eight rebounds and four assists as Lithuania won their first ever U18 competition.
Lithuania reached their first ever U18 European Championship for Women final by beating France 68-45 in their semi-final to set up a showdown with Russia on Sunday.
The Lithuanians extended their unbeaten run in the tournament (7-0) and are now just one win away from claiming their maiden title at this level since the country became the first Soviet state to declare its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.
Lithuania raced to a 20-3 first quarter lead and never looked back as they routed France 68-45 to reach their first ever final at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Afterwards, assistant coach Dalius Ubartas talked about the keys to victory for his team.
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