Lithuania U18 Women Fabulous In France

24 June 2008

Friendlies mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but Lithuania coach Ramune Kumpiene won't have too much to complain about after watching his under-18 side's recent performances in France.

Kumpiene's team, in France preparing for next month's U18 European Championship for Women in Slovakia, beat Croatia, Poland, the United States and Australia.

The Baltic country thrashed the Croatians 70-44 before thumping Poland 67-58.

They then raised eyebrows with a 117-80 mauling of the United States before hammering Australia 90-59.

One player who stood out, at least on the score-sheet, was 1.78m point guard Aurime Rinkeviciute. She averaged 18.8 points in the four triumphs.

Kumpiene currently has a 15-strong group and that will need to be reduced to 12 in time for the U18 event in Slovakia.

Lithuania preliminary U18 women's squad:

Diana Zintikaite, Sandra Valukonyte, Kristina Alminaite,  Gintare Mazionyte, Daiva Pabrezaite, Greta Bartkute, Aurime Rinkeviciute, Giedre Paugaite, Marina Solopova, Greta Sniokaite, Inesa Visgaudaite, Egle Siksniute, Lina Pikciute, Reda Kontvainyte, Sigita Galdikaite.

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