|Russia center Albina Razheva led all scorers with 13 points and added six boards and two assists |
After four consecutive losses, Russia can finally smile as they posted their first victory at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women, 75-46 against Ukraine.
The Russians trailed only once in the entire game. It was just 23 seconds from the start, when Oleksandra Chek made one free-throw for Ukraine, to put the first point on the scoreboard.
But after Galina Kiseleva made an easy lay-up on the fast-break, to make it 2-1, Russia never gave up the lead again.
Russia outrebounded their opponents 51-34 and scored 20 second-chance points to only two of the Ukrainian team.
Albina Razheva scored 13 points, to go with her six rebounds, and Ksenia Tikhonenko added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Russians got huge help from the bench, as the reserve players combined for 37 points.
Lyudmyla Naumenko scored 12 points and had four rebounds, while Oleksandra Chek finished with nine points, four rebounds and three blocks, for the Ukrainian side.
Russia is now second in the Classification Round for 13th to 16th place, with one win and one loss, behind Slovakia which stands at the top with two wins.