QUARTER-FINALSRussia is the first team to clinch a spot in the Semi-Final Round of the U16 European Championship Women. A strong second half paved the way for them to advance into the next stage with a 80-58 win over the Netherlands.
The Dutch played with passion and had a great first half, but Russia's dominance in the paint was too much to overcome.
A stunning 62 points of the Russian tally were scored inside. Alexandra Marchenkova posted 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side.
Dutch Power Forward Kourtney Treffers (23 points, 13 rebounds) landed her sixth double double of the tournament. While the Netherlands are proud on their performance at this competition, they will surely not be happy with the 29 turnovers they committed in this game.
In the first minutes of the game the Dutch made it clear that they would not go without a fight against highly favoured Russia. With the game tied at 5-5 Russia Head Coach Elena Shulzhenko took the first timeout of the day. Her team improved and claimed a 20-12 lead. The Netherlands responded with 7 unanswered points. After the first quarter Russia led by a single point (20-19).
In the second period their offense worked in fine fettle. Good ball movement led to easy scoring opportunities (58.6 field goal percentage in the first half). The Netherlands were pretty successful from long distance which helped them to keep in touch. Russia's accumulated points out of inside play and fastbreaks made the difference in the first half as they held a 39-32 advantage.
The Dutch got the better start after the break. A 9-2 run cut the deficit back to a single point (42-41). It was as close as they would get.
Russia's advantage under the baskets was just too big. The Russians pulled away and midway through the third quarter they were up by double digits for the first time (54-44) and led 62-46 after thirty minutes. The total of the Russians points in the paint equalled the number of the total Dutch points (46).
The third quarter put the game out of reach for the Netherlands. Russia did not let down the intensity and cruised to a 80-58 win in the last ten minutes.