Italy, Bulgaria To Contest 9th Place


Italy pulled out a 73-71 win over Sweden thanks to some last second heroics from Martina Crippa and will now play Bulgaria for the ninth place in the U20 European Championship Women 2009. 

Danielle Hamilton-Carter (14 points) hit one-of-two free throws with :23 seconds left to put Sweden ahead 71-70.

Behind by one and with the clock running down, the Italian captain made a lay-up and was fouled with just :06 on the clock. 

She made her free-throw and her team got the hard-earned victory.  

Crippa finished with a game-high 16 points to go with five rebounds. 

Sweden had five players in double figures.  They will play Lithuania for the eleventh spot.

Bulgaria turn tables on Lithuania

Bulgaria overcame an early 12-point deficit to beat Lithuania 85-73 in the other Semi-Final for the 9th through 12th places.

Lithuania was up 20-8 after one period and led till the last ten seconds of the first half when Daniela Peteva (15 points) hit a jumper to put Bulgaria ahead by one (37-36) at the break.

After a closely-contested third quarter that ended with Bulgaria up 57-56, Lithuania collapsed during the opening minutes of the final period.

Bulgaria extended their lead to 19 on a three pointer by Tanka Tenchava (tied for game-high 19 points) with 6:00 to play in the game.

Gintare Petronyte scored 19 points, pulled in ten boards, dished four assists and blocked three shots in her team's losing effort. 

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