Ukrainian forward Olexandra Gorbunova led a talented crop of players at the European Championship for U18 Women in Bratislava.
The 185 cm Gorbunova was selected as MVP of the tournament. She led all players in scoring in Bratislava at 21.4 ppg, to which she added 9.8 rpg. Germany were unfortunate enough to face Gorbunova at her best, and in their preliminary round match-up, she scored 23 points and grabbed 24 rebounds.
Spain will join Russia and Serbia & Montenegro in the semi-finals of the European Championship for U18 Women after a solid team performance gavem them a win over Ukraine.
In Olexandra Gorbunva, Ukraine possess the tournament’s most potent offensive weapon. Her 31-point haul was the highest in all games so far, but Spain knew that if they couldn’t shut her down, they would have to concentrate on her team-mates.
18 teams took part in the Challenge Round of the 2004 European Championship for U18 Women. Countries were divided into 3 groups of 6 teams. Group A played in Druskininkai, LTU, Group B in Léon, Spain and Group C in Novi Sad, Serbia and Montenegro.
After 6 days of play the 11 qualifiers for the final round emerged, as well as the medal favourites for the Championship which will take place 9th – 18th July 2004 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
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