Group B: Belarus Through To Qualifying Round, Serbia Improves To 3-0

15.07.2007

An emphatic 86-40 triumph over Hungary was enough to see Belarus go through to the qualifying round at the U20 European Championship for Women.

Forward Arena Rynkevich led the victors in scoring with 20 points while team-mate Tatsiana Likhtarovich added 17.

With both teams winless after two Group B games, all was to play for on Sunday.

And it was Belarus, having gained promotion to Division A last year, who seized the initiative from the off and never looked back.

They stormed out to a 30-12 lead after nine minutes played and  Rynkevich continued to terrorise Hungary's defense.

She had 18 first-half points as Belarus went into the break with a 53-25 advantage.

Belarus limited Hungary to just three points over the next nine minutes as they went on a 15-3 burst (68 28).

Maja Scekic (Serbia)
Maja Scekic and Serbia have been dominant in the competition.
MiZo Pecs point guard Nora Kovats was the only Hungarian player to finish in double figures with 11 points.

Serbia 86, Belgium 62

A defiant Serbia progressed to the qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women as Group B winners after crushing Belgium 86-62 in a battle of unbeatens.

Miljana Musovic had a game-high 22 points for the victors while team-mates Jovana Rad and Adrijana Knecevic added 17 apiece.

The Belgians trailed 28-20 going into the second quarter but were outscored 14-6 over the next five minutes (42-26) and went into the break facing a 49 32 deficit.

Serbia landed another blow when they limited their opponents to just five points over the next five minutes to take a commanding 62-37 lead.

Belgium outscored Serbia 20-6 in the final quarter.

Despite defeat, Belgium will progress to the next round.

Serbia outrebounded Belgium 42 to 28.


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