By Luis Cristovao
|Led by Daria Kolosovskaya, Russia are the only undefeated team in Miskolc, entering the Quarter-Finals as one of the main contenders for the title.|
The eight best teams are prepared to face the Quarter-Final games in the U16 European Championship Women in Miskolc, Hungary on Friday.
The Russians will face the Czech Republic, who rose up from last qualified in Group C to grab a place in the Top Eight.
Gabriela Andelova can be considered as one of the most responsible players in this run, averaging 12.8 points average and stepping up in the close games.
Italy won Group F, beating France in their last game.
Cecilia Zandalasini's 13.6 points on average, along with her leadership on court, will be hard to stop in decisive games.
In the Quarter-Finals Italy will face the Slovak Republic, an interesting team, with a good game plan but lacking physical power.
Kristina Matuskova leads the young squad, averaging 9.6 points per game.
Spain started a big comeback in the Qualifying Round.
Finishing third in a three-team tie in Group D, the Spanish cruised through the second round with three wins, having in Angela Salvadores their player to watch.
Seemingly fragile, being only 15 years old, Salvadores' 14.7 points per game are an inspiration to her teammates.
The Hungarian team also benefits from a noisy crowd that dominates the atmosphere in all the games of the home team.
Finally, Belgium, last year's runner-ups, who finished second to Russia in Group E, suffered only one defeat in the tournament.
Friday promises four great games to follow, as the Generali Arena will aggregate the attention of the entire European women's basketball scene.