Serbia Crush Hosts In Group A, Poland Advance

04 July 2009

Serbia progressed to the Qualifying Round of the U18 European Championship for Women as Group A winners after crushing hosts Sweden 79-48 in a battle of unbeatens.

Maja Vucurovic led Serbia with 14 points while five of her teammates also finished in double figures.

Tina Jovanovic (Serbia)
Tina Jovanovic was 5/6 from the field on her way to 13 points

"We are so happy with this win," said Vucurovic. "We said to ourselves before the game that we were better than Sweden and we proved it.

"We all contributed to this win and it's all the more special because we beat them in front of their home fans."

Despite Cleopatra Forsman-Goga pouring 17 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, Sweden went into the break facing a 41-32 deficit.

The Swedes cut the gap to 46-39 midway through the third quarter but the Serbs outscored their opponents 33- 9 over the next 15 minutes.

"We were not tough enough," said a disappointed Forsman-Goga. "We did not attack the basket.

"We have to be more aggressive."

Despite defeat, Sweden will progress to the Qualifying Round as second in the group.

Serbia outrebounded Sweden 45 to 23.

Malgorzata Misiuk (Poland)
Malgorzata Misiuk had a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards

There was little Sweden could do with the Serbs shooting 28 of 56 (50%) from the floor.

In the other group game, Poland came within 33 seconds of shutting out Bulgaria in the first quarter and cruised to a 82-30 triumph.

The Poles scored the game's first 22 points before Radostina Rasheva made the second of two free throws with 33 seconds left to get the Bulgarians on the board.

They had a 47-13 stranglehold on the contest at half-time. When the game mercifully came to an end, Kinga Bandyk had poured in 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Poland.

Winless Bulgaria will play in the Classification Round.

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