|04 August 2011|
|Lola De Angelis was the top rebounder for France with nine boards and she also added eight points |
Strong defense, good ball movement and the athleticism of their players helped France to win their first game at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women against Slovakia, 55-32.
France allowed Slovakia to shoot only 22.8 percent from the field and forced 17 turnovers.
On the other side of the court, the French team used its balanced offense to win.
All their 12 players scored in the game, led by Margaux Galliou, with 10 points. Lola de Angelis, Jodie Cornelie and Alice Nayo scored eight points each.
Both teams shot terrible from the field in the first half, under 30 percent, but France did a better job from beyond the arc and rebounded the ball better, which led to many second chance points.
The French team had 11 offensive rebounds only in the first half and finished with 18.
Slovakia had a poor start, scoring only three points in the first ten minutes, but recovered in the second period.
However, France managed to keep the distance and led by 12 points with 2:33 to the halftime.
The Slovak girls didn't give up the fight and cut the deficit to enter the second half behind by eight points.
Led by fast point guard Olivia Epoupa, who finished with seven points, seven rebounds and three steals, the French team took command of the game in the third quarter and never looked back.
Slovakia never came closer than 15 points in the last period and the opponents cruised to an easy victory.
Angelika Slamova was the top scorer for the Slovakian team, with 10 points, and Michaela Rakova contributed with 10 rebounds.