France allowed just three points in the third quarter in demolishing Sweden 80-36 to remain perfect at the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women and book their spot in the semi-finals.
Florine Basque led the way with 18 points while Eléonore Grossemy added 10 points as France forced 34 Sweden turnovers in improving to 4-0 in the Qualifying Round Group E.
Farhiya Abdi was one of the few weapons for Sweden with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals as Peter Johansson's team fell to 2-2 in the group and need help to reach the semi-finals. Amanda Zahui was held to just four points against the quick French.
|Florine Basque (France, left), Farhiya Abdi (Sweden)|
Sweden had absolutely no answer for the French in the third period as Johansson's side failed to score until Zahui's basket with two minutes left in the quarter, by which time Basque had led a 17-0 run to make it 57-25. And it was 63-26 after three periods. Sweden tried to get back into the game, scoring the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and holding France scoreless in pulling to within 64-36. But the French defense came back to finish off the day and allowed for a 16-0 run to close the game.