Turkey Win Group B, Lithuania Also Advance

13 July 2008
Turkey proved too strong for the Czech Republic in winning 78-56 to capture first place in Group B of the U20 European Championship for Women.

Lithuania also advanced to the Qualifying Round thanks to a 65-60 win against Bulgaria.

Yasemin Dalgalar and Bahar Caglar both notched double-doubles and combined with Gizem Yavuz for 55 points, eight steals and three blocks as Turkey improved to 2-1 to take top honours in Group B in Chieti.

Dagalar had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Caglar added 15 points and 12 rebounds while Ilknur Dumlu chipped in 10 points.
Gintare Petronyte (Lithuania)
Gintare Petronyte led Lithuania's offense against Bulgaria

The Czechs, who finished second in the group at 2-1, were led by 11 points by Andrea Ovsíková while Lenka Sipova scored 10.

Turkey held the Czechs scoreless for four minutes in the first quarter and used a 9-0 surge to pull ahead 15-6. Marian Svoboda's team fought back into the game and grabbed the lead 22-20, completing a 16-5 run spanning the first and second periods. Trailing 28-26, Dalgalar and Caglar combined for nine points in an 11-2 spurt to lead 37-30 at the break.

Akkaya Aziz's defence stifled the Czechs in the second half as Turkey continually built their advantage, leading 56-43 after three periods. And Svoboda's team could not find an answer for the Turks in the fourth quarter as they trailed by as many as 22 points.

Lithuania Grab Last Ticket From Group C

Lithuanian captain Gintare Petronyte meanwhile took it upon herself that Lithuania advance to the Qualifying Round by collecting 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 65-60 victory over Bulgaria in Group C in Sulmona.

Kamile Nacickaite also had a strong showing with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Lithuanians, who improved to 1-2.

Bulgaria dropped to 0-3 despite 16 points from Maria Tzankova and 11 points and 12 rebounds by Dimana Georgieva.

Petronyte scored eight points as Lithuania opened a 17-10 lead midway through the first period. Bulgaria fought back to even the game but trailed 19-17 after one quarter. The Lithuanians opened a six point gap in the second and led 31-28 at the break.

Bulgaria jumped ahead 33-31 on Maria Tzankova's basket but Lithuania made two big three-pointers in opening an eight-point advantage on their way to a 52-44 gap after three periods.

Four straight points by Petronyte made it 56-44. And after Veselka Todorova's jumper cut the deficit to 56-49, the Lithuanians executed on offence to re-open an 11-point lead and held on for the win.

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