Italy Cruise To Dominant Win

01.08.2007

Italy moved clear at the top of U16 European Championship Women Division B after registering a comfortable 62-39 victory over Portugal in qualifying round Group E on Tuesday.

Elena Bestagno enjoyed a game-high 16 points for the Italians, while Federica Tognalini dominated the boards with 12 rebounds.

Portugal's Luiana Airosa Livulo was unlucky to be on the losing side after claiming a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Matea Tavic's 29 points could not prevent Bosnia and Herzegovina losing their 100% record after they slipped to a 81-75 loss to Finland.

The game was tied at 63-63 after regulation time, but Finland kept their nerve in overtime to establish a six point gap at the buzzer thanks largely to the efforts of Vilja Kesanen, who ended the game with 24 points.

The day's other game saw Slovenia pull clear of Croatia and into third with a 79-72 win.

Nika Baric was the star performer for the victors, sinking 30 points.


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