Spain Overwhelm Montenegro, France Rebound

12.07.2008

Reigning champions Spain proved too deep and talented in beating Montenegro 80-61 to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women while France rebounded for a 84-59 victory over Germany.

Anna Carbo scored 16 points in leading five players in double figures in Spain's impressive showing against the 2007 Division B champions Montenegro.

Gaby Ocete added 13 points and six assists, Laura Herrera had 11 points and Jael Freixanet and Aauri Bokesa each netted 10 points.

Snezana Aleksic scored 19 points for Montenegro, which dropped their second straight Group D game in Sulmona. Biljana Turcinovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Milica Jovanovic chipped in 11 points. But it was not enough.

Spain pulled ahead early 8-2 and led 12-6 before Ljubica Mihailovic knocked down back-to-back three-pointers in helping Montenegro grab a 13-12 advantage. The lead switched hands four more times before Montenegro led 23-21 after one period.

Carbo's triple gave Spain back the advantage and after three more lead changes Bokesa's lay-up completed an 8-0 run to open a 36-30 cushion, which was 36-34 at the break.

Spain's intensity on defence caused four turnovers in the first six possessions after the break as Jordi Fernandez's team used a 10-2 run to open a 10-point lead 46-36. And Georgina Bahi's jumper made it 53-42. A Montenegro time-out and a basket by Turcinovic temporarily stopped the bleeding, but Spain scored the final six points of the period to lead 59-44 going into the fourth.

Ocete's hard-nosed pressure on Aleksic continued to frustrate the Montenegro star in the final period. Milica Jovanovic's jumper did make it 61-51 with eight minutes to play, but Herrera scored eight points in Spain's 12-1 run to make it 73-52 and decide the game.

France Rebound By Crushing Germany

France meanwhile rebounded from their disappointing loss to Italy by crushing Germany 84-59 thanks to 15 points from Sarah Michel and 11 points and 14 rebounds by Marielle Amant. And Carine Paul added 13 points for the winners.

The French jumped ahead 16-0 and held Germany scoreless for the first seven minutes en route to a 21-4 lead after one period. Germany were able to scramble to within 13 points on Nicole Dietz's jumper for 25-12 only to see France push the lead up to 23 points on their way to a 42-21 scoreline at the break.

The Germans could only mildly chip away at the French advantage, trimming it to 58-42 at the end of the third period. And Ireti Amojo's three-pointer made it 59-45. But France proved too strong for the winless Germans.

Amojo paced the Germans with 15 points and Hanna Mügge added 12.


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