Slovenia Edge Romania

09.08.2011

U18 Women

Romania, the hosts of the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women, suffered their fourth consecutive loss, this time against Slovenia, 53-57, but both teams maintain  a chance to advance to the Quarter-Finals.

It all depends on the results of the last day of the Qualifying Round.

If Poland beat Romania, the hosts are obviously out and the Slovenians' only option is to  beat mighty Turkey by a margin sufficient enough to drag them into a three-way tie in which they'd have the upper hand.

If Slovenia lose to Turkey, they are out. In this case, it will be up to Romania to beat Poland by a margin that would turn the three-way tie in their favour when it comes to the head to head goal average between them, Slovenia and the Polish.

Both Slovenia and Romania fought hard for every possession during the entire game.

It was an extremely balanced encounter, especially in the first half, when the lead changed hands 11 times and the scores were tied nine times.

But the Slovenes forced a 9-1 run towards the end of the second period and led 37-31 at halftime.

Romania never got the lead back, and all their efforts resulted in a two-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

They reduced the gap to 45-43, but an unsportmanslike foul by Oana Baluta gave the opportunity to Nina Gabrovsek to score two free throws.

Slovenia increased their lead in the next possession, when Rebeka Abramovic scored a two-point jump shot to make it 49-43.

Romania closed the gap once more, at 51-49, behind consecutive baskets by Alina Grigore and Alina Craciun, but it was all they could do, as Slovenia held the lines to claim the victory.

Sonia Ursu had another brilliant performance for the hosts, with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals, Oana Baluta added nine points and 13 rebounds, while Alina Craciun contributed with 14 points.

Alina Gjerkes, Gabrovsek and Abramovic combined for 39 points and 25 rebounds for the winners.


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