Kaczmarczyk Comes Up Big, Poland Claim Fifth

19.07.2009

Poland beat Turkey 77-71 to finish fifth in the U20 European Championship Women 2009 in front of their home crowd in Gdynia.

Turkey were ahead by three at the half, but Poland came out and outscored the Turks 24-8 in the third quarter and swung the game in their favour for good.

"In the first half we were unconscious, we had to wake up in the second half and come out and win the game," said point guard Zaneta Durak, who led her team with six assists.

Poland power forward Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk paced her team all game along with 23 points- six of which came at the beginning of that critical third quarter.

Durak said that her team-mate's performance is what they have come to expect of her.

"It is normal for her, she is our best player."

Poland also had some big help off the bench.  Reserve Klaudia Sosnowska had 17 points in 19 minutes. 

Durdane Gumusay did what she could for Turkey notching a game-high 26 points. 

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