Abdi's Return Inspires Sweden


Sweden used their inside advantage to see off the challenge of Serbia, 61-42, in the U18 European Championship Women 2010, in Slovakia and make a step closer to a Quarter-Final spot.

Farhiya Abdi made an inspiring return after being sidelined for three games due to a back injury. She scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and was one of the key players in Sweden's first quarter sprint.

Amanda Zahui led the winning side in scoring with 19 points and a 70 percent field goal shooting, while Snezana Colic was top scorer for Serbia with 16 points.

Abdi nailed a three-pointer and added two jumpers that helped Sweden take control over Serbia at the end of the first quarter (17-7).

The Serbs scored a few baskets in transition and Snezana Colic hit a triple and a pair of baskets to put Serbia back into the game before the break.

Zahui grabbed the offensive rebound and converted it into a three-point play to regain a double digit margin for her team (37-25) with 7:26 remaining in the third quarter.

But Abdi was Serbia coach Zoran Kovacic's real headache after the break. When her penetration plus foul brought the difference to 20 poinits (50-30) the game was all but over.


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