Quarter-Finals: France 91 Croatia 45

30 July 2004

The 4th and final Quarter-Final turned out to be a non-event as the home team blew away their opponents and spent most of the second half running a practice game for the upcoming Semi-Final. Croatia had no chance from the very start against hosts France who dominated throughout.

Once again the French team was stronger, faster and much more skillful compared to the Croatians who after 10 minutes were already down by 20 points. Elodie Godin had a good first quarter, playing smart, scoring 9 points and blocking up the paint. Paoline Salagnac was also very effective driving to the hoop and scoring. France were far more aggressive on defence and Croatia had problems getting the ball up the court and almost no chance at passing inside. Any opportunities were lost as they missed easy layups. ´

France kept plugging the ball inside to Godin, Penda Sy and Fatimatou Sacko, who, if they didn’t score the first time,  easily picked up the offensive rebound and put in on the second chance. The first half ended 46-19.

Coming out after the break France didn’t let up, outscoring Croatia again 24-15 in the 3rd period and 21-11 in the 4th and doing pretty much as they pleased. The Croatian team trailed in their opponents‘ wake trying only to keep the margin as small as possible. The game still ended as a complete rout; 91-45.

Although the French played very much as a team, spreading the scoring over all 12 players, it was the inside team of Godin and Penda Sy who topped on points for the home team. Godin had 13 and Sy had 12. For Croatia, point guard Lea Fabbri had 17 points.

 


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