By David HeinAfter holding hosts Latvia scoreless in the second quarter, Russia blew a 22-point second half lead only to prevail in overtime 73-68 to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women.
Anastasia Logunova scored six of her 21 points in overtime while Anastasiya Shilova added 13 points and Tatiana Petrushina had 10 points for Russia, who improved to 2-0 in Group B.
Latvia finished the final 15 minutes of regulation with a 33-11 surge to force the extra session but ended up dropping to 1-1 in the group. Anete Klintsone led Latvia with 17 points while Sabine Niedola collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Ieva Krastina added 15 points and Anete Steinberga had 10 in the loss.
The first quarter had four lead changes and two ties as Russia held the biggest lead at five points and were up 22-17 after one period.
Russia out-scored Latvia 15-0 in the second quarter for a 37-17 lead at the break as the hosts turned the ball over seven times and missed all 10 shots in Liepaja.
The Russians extended the gap to 48-26 with five minutes left in the third quarter. Latvia roared back into the game with a 14-7 run to close the period down 55-40.
Latvia scored the first 10 points of the fourth and eventually knotted the game on Klintsone's three pointer to make it 59-59 with 1 minute left. Krastina missed a three-ball which would have given Latvia the lead and Yana Panevina was off target on two trey attempts to win the game in the final nine seconds of regulation.
In overtime, Shilova nailed a big three-pointer and Lugunova put back an offensive rebound in helping Russia build a 72-66 lead with just more than a minute left. And down five points, Kristina and Klintsone both missed long balls to try and get back into the game.
Alina Iagupova paced five players in double figures as Ukraine notched their first victory at the U20 European Championship with an 89-58 win over Sweden in Group B.
Iagupova had 15 points and eight rebounds while Yuliya Berezynets and Olesia Malashenko both scored 13 points as Ukraine improved to 1-1. Olga Maznichenko added 12 points and Kateryna Rymarenko chipped in 10 points in the winning effort in Liepaja.
Sweden were routed for the second straight game in dropping to 0-2 despite 18 points from Maryam Gultekin and 16 points and seven rebounds from Danielle Hamilton.
Ukraine scored the first 13 points of the game but watched as Sweden fought back to within 15-7. The Ukrainians answered with a 10-2 run for a 16-point lead, which was 25-11 after one quarter.
Ukraine put together an 11-0 run early in the second period and eventually pushed the advantage to 26 points - 46-20 at the break.
Sweden's struggles worsened in the third quarter as Ukraine increased their lead to 37 points and led 71-37 going into the fourth.
Sweden were only to cut the margin to 28 points in the final frame after Ukraine pulled their starters.