Group F: Italy Cruise Past Bulgaria

18.07.2007

Italy bounced back from Tuesday's defeat to France by beating Bulgaria 82-65 at the U20 European Championship for Women.

Giorgia Sottana led her team in scoring with 19 points. She connected on seven of 10 attempts from two point range.

"This is a very important win for us," said Sottana.

"We managed to forget about yesterday's defeat, which wasn't easy.

"But we kept our focus for the entire game."

It was an all-round team effort from the Italians, who had two other players finish in double figures.

Tournament hosts Bulgaria stormed to a 21-9 lead late in the first quarter but were outscored 30-17 over the next 12 minutes.

Chiara Consolini's layup gave the Azzurre a 39-38 half-time lead.

Italy came out fresh and ready to run and hit Bulgaria with a 16-2 run late in the third quarter to take a 65-48 lead.

It proved a hammer blow for the Bulgarians who ultimately ran out of steam.

Bulgaria had a terrible shooting afternoon. They were 21 of 72 (29.1%) from the floor while their opponents were  28 of 66 (42.4%).


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