Russia Hold Off Lithuania To Finish Fifth

08.08.2010

CLASSIFICATION

Russia earned a ticket to next year's U19 World Championship after they held off Lithuania 78-64 in the game for fifth place in U18 European Championship Women 2010.

Yulia Stepanova and Svetlana Efimova scored 19 points each with 75 and 72.7 two-point field goal shooting percentage respectively.

Santa Okockyte posted 18 points for Lithuania, but committed five turnovers.

Lithuania dominated the boards with a 62-29 advantage in rebounds, but played very poor defense which let Russia score many easy baskets.

Lithuania held the lead in the first quarter until Alexandra Stolyar and Yulia Poluyanova combined for nine unanswered points to take Russia 17-12 ahead with less then four minutes to go in the opening period.

The second quarter was not much better for Lithuania as they couldn't slow down Efimova who scored 10 points in the first half and helped Russia jump to a confident 45-31 advantage before the break.

Russia continued to score at will in the paint in the second half until Olga Shuneykina decided to withdraw Efimova. Lithuania seized the opportunity to initiate a 7-0 run that reduced the arrears to 50-63.

Lithuania started the final quarter with a better team effort inn zone defense and switched on pick and rolls to cut the gap to 58-65 with six minutes remaining in regulation. However, Stepanova restored a double digit margin with a trey and Lithuania's comeback fell short.

Ukraine Finish Seventh

Alina Iagupova led her team with 29 points, while the rest of the team contributed as well in a 78-58 win against Sweden which secured a seventh place finish for Ukraine. Amanda Zahui posted double-double for Sweden with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Poland beat Serbia 73-71 behind 21 points by Magdalena Zietara, to end their campaign in 11th place, while Hungary survived against Belgium with 62-61 win and Chech Republic knocked down Latvia with 85-58 in the last day of Classification Round games. The results mean that Belgium and Czech Republic preserve their Division A status while Hungary and Latvia will play in Division B next year. 

Sabína Oroszová carried Slovakia to the 65-63 victory over Turkey with 19 points and 16 rebounds to cheer the crowds in Poprad Arena. The host country finished in ninth place.

 


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