Croatia and Romania Through To Final


Romania and Croatia will play in the final of the UMCOR U18 European Championship Women Division B in Timisoara, Romania Sunday.

The host team got a battle from Latvia in the semifinal, trailing 39-24 at the half before outscoring their opponents 30-13 in the third quarter to go into the final period leading by two.

Latvia did a better job shooting the ball in the fourth quarter making eight field goals to just four for the home side but the Romanians took care of business on the free throw line and came away with a slim victory.

Claudia Pop led Romania with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four assists while the Latvians got 16 points and ten rebounds from Laura Vetra in the loss.

The Romanians will face Croatia in the final, another team that made it through by the skin of their teeth with a 52-50 victory over Estonia.

A 15-8 fourth quarter advantage made the difference for Croatia as they were led by Marija Vrsaljko who totaled 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Croatia took a 52-47 lead with 3:31 remaining on the strength of a Vrsaljko jumper and held on the rest of the way as the Estonia could manage only a jumper and a three-throw.

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