|16 July 2010|
Sanja Orozovic's 21 points led four players in double figures and Sara Krnjic had her second straight double-double as Serbia recovered from a slow start for a comfortable 80-60 victory over Italy at the U20 European Championship for Women.
Krnjic collected 15 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in pulling Serbia to 2-0 in Group C action in Grobina. Nevena Jovanovic added 13 points and Jovana Popovic chipped in 10 points, five assists and three rebounds.
Martina Bestagno scored 22 points to lead Italy, who dropped to 0-2. Her cousin Elena Bestagno had 14 points, four rebounds and four assists in a losing effort
|Marta Xargay had a double-double for Spain.|
Italy scored the first 12 points of the game en route to a 16-2 lead. The Serbs chipped away and it was a 24-15 Italian advantage after one quarter.
Italy opened the second with a 10-4 run for a 15-point lead - 34-19. Serbia answered with an 8-0 surge and eventually pulled to within 40-35 at the break.
The Serbs finished off a 14-0 run spanning the second and third periods with the first nine points of the second half and a 13-2 start for a 48-42 lead, which was 55-47 after three periods.
Italy had one final push left in them, an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 59-55 with just less than five minutes to play. But Serbia finished on a 21-5 push for the easy win.
Spain roll past Germany
Leonor Rodriguez scored 19 points and Marta Xargay collected a double-double in guiding Spain to a 79-43 victory over Germany to improve to 2-0.
Xargay had 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and five steals while Vega Gimeno chipped in 11 points for Spain, who out-rebounded Germany 66-27 but committed 28 turnovers.
Svenja Brunckhorst tallied 11 points for Germany, who dropped to 0-2.
Spain did not waste any time in jumping all over the Germans with an 11-0 run for a 14-2 lead midway through the first quarter. And the gap was 19-8 after one period.
The Spaniards scored the first nine points of the second quarter and Lucas Mondelo's team increased the lead to 27 points, 48-21 at the break.
Spain put the game away for good with a 15-0 surge to start the second half for a 42-point advantage, which was 67-27 after three periods.
Germany scratched to within 34 points early in the fourth quarter but Spain's defense never let up.