Serbia, Spain Overpower Opponents


Reigning champions Spain and 2007 runners-up Serbia both overpowered their opponents in registering first day victories at the U20 European Championship for Women.

Serbia's duo of senior national team members Sonja Petrovic and Maja Miljkovic combined for 24 points while Jelena Milovanovic added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Serbia thrashed Germany 74-44 in Group A.

The Germans, who who did not have a player score in double figures, seemed in awe of the Serbian stars as Jovica Antonic's team drove to the basket at will in Chieti.

Sonja Petrovic (Serbia)
Sonja Petrovic was one of the key performers for Serbia

Serbia pulled ahead 21-5 in the first period and allowed Germany to score only nine points in the first quarter. Antonic's defence held Germany to just eight points in the second period as the lead swelled to 44-17 at the break.

The onslaught continued in the second half as Serbia opened a 39-point gap - 62-23 - in the later stages of the third period.

Not until Antonic took out his starters were Germany able to shave off some of the deficit as Ireti Amojo and Jacqueline Fatsawo both scored nine points for the Germans.

Spain destroy sorry Belgium

The 2007 U20 champions Spain wasted little time in opening a 23-0 lead en route to a 90-61 thrashing of Belgium in Group D in Sulmona.

Spain had plenty of firepower despite playing without a trio of stars who will be competing with the senior national team at the Beijing Olympics. Anna Carbo led the way with 23 points while Jael Freixanet, Gaby Ocete, and Noelia Oliva all scored 10 points. And Alejandra de la Fuente chipped in seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Jordi Fernandez's Spaniards did not let up at all after Valerie Kara's jumper with 3:17 left in the first gave Belgium their first points of the game for a 23-2 deficit. The Iberians led 31-6 after one period. And the advantage was 57-27 at the break as Carbo had scored 18 points.

In the second half, the lead continued to grow topping out at 37 points a number of occasions including the 78-41 scoreline after three periods.

Fernandez cleared his bench for the rest of the game but the Belgians, who were led by 17 points and seven rebounds from Sara Leemans, were unable to close the gap the rest of the way.

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