The U18 European Championship Women taking place in Nitra, Slovakia this week is a showcase for some of the best basketball talent in Europe. It also highlights the growth of the women's game and the steps taken by FIBA Europe to give European Women's basketball its own identity as decided by the Board of FIBA Europe on 11th November 2007.
Two teams competing in Nitra: Romania and Ukraine are wearing a new uniform designed by the manufacturer TUTA in cooperation with FIBA Europe.
The Czech Republic's full-court pressure defense and fast-paced offense proved too much to handle for Romania who were beaten 105-63 at the U18 European Championship for Women.
Romania - who needed a win to have a chance of moving on to the qualifying round -made a strong push by scoring the first eight points of the third quarter and close within eight, 50-42. But the Czechs quickly regained their composure and doubled their intensity on defense to have the game all but wrapped up with a 70-49 as they headed into the final frame.
The Slovak Republic recorded a flawless third quarter to beat Romania 62-39 and stay undefeated (2-0) at the U18 European Championship for Women.
The host nation led 25-20 at the end of what was a slow and gritty first half.
The Ukraine proved the better team down the stretch as they edged out Romania 70-64 in the U18 European Championship for Women.
Feodora Kochergina's side, who came in fifth in last year's competition, trailed 49-44 at the end of the third quarter but used a 12-2 run to end the game victorious.
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