France Breeze Into The Quarter-Finals

30 July 2012

U18 WOMEN

7. Olivia Epoupa (France)
Point guard Olivia Epoupa did a bit of everything for France including, despite being one of the smallest players on the court,  grabbing eight rebounds

An all-action performance by Olivia Epoupa was the highlight for France who kept their perfect record at the U18 European Championship Women firmly intact with a 64-42 second round victory against Greece to stroll into the Quarter-Finals.

The French point guard was in scintillating form and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists to guide her team past a Greek side that never seriously threatened the superiority of the French.

If Greece felt they had a difficult task before the game then they had a mountain to climb after the first quarter, when they fell behind 19-8.

With top scorer Anna Stamolamprou also having a rare off night, it was tough offensively for coach Georgios Velissarakos and his team.

But, they did fight hard and by the interval had managed to stop France streaking away too far in front, at 31-21.

Similarly during the third quarter, Greece matched their opponent well but France found a different gear during the last ten minutes to cruise to the win.

Shooting guard Mamignan Toure poured in a game high 16 points for Les Bleues, complimenting the work of Epoupa in the backcourt.


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