Lithuania Can't Slow Down France

08.07.2009

France thrashed 2008 gold medalists Lithuania 68-44 on Wednesday as both teams made it through to the Quarter-Finals of the U18 European Championship for Women.

Les Bleuets had already clinched first place in Group E before their game against the Baltic country on Wednesday but Jerome Fournier's side still displayed their title potential to remain perfect in the tournament.

The French trio of Linda Bousbaa, Allisaon Venerey and Adja Konteh added 10 points apiece.

France got their noses in front for good in the first quarter, stretching an 8-5 lead to 19-7 over the last 4:54 of the frame.

They extended that to 33-16 before going to the break with a 33-19 lead.

Lithuania tried to stay within striking distance and went on a 9-0 run briding the second and third quarters to reduce the gap to 33-21.

France kept the pressure on, though, and led 46-33 with 10 minutes remaining.

The French outscored their opponents 22-11 the rest of the way.

Fornier's France out-rebounded Lithuania 49-30.

France were 29 of 53 (55.7%) inside the arc while their opponents finished 11 of 26 (42.3%).

Fournier's side again struggled from long range and had a nightmare afternoon from the free-throw line.

They were just two of 26 (7.6%) from behind the arc and made only four of 11 from the charity stripe.


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