Red Hot Russia Crush Sweden

31 July 2010

Four players scored in double digits for Russia in their impressive 72-47 demolition job over previously undefeated Sweden in U18 European Championship Women 2010 action in Poprad, Slovakia.

Sweden had already secured a place in the Qualifying Round before the game was even played but their defeat means that both rivals move to the next round with an 1-1 win-loss record.

Russia succeeded in neutralizng Sweden center Amanda Zahui, who, however, still finished as her's team's top scorer with 13 points.

There was no clear winner in the matchup between Yulia Poluyanova and Amanda Zahui  in the first ten minutes, when the Russian scored six points and grabbed two rebounds while Zahui had seven and two respectively. During that period Sweden used a later 8-0 run to close the first quarter leading 17-12.

With Zahui sidelined for most of the second quarter, Svetlana Efimova fueled Russians' offense and helped her team gain a 31-27 advantage before the second half.

After the break Russia opened with an 8-0 run that included two triples from Efimova and Anastasia Pasynkova. Mariya-Margarita Davydova's putback basket took the difference to 20 points (54-34) at the end of the third quarter.

Sweden had all but resigned at that stage and the fourth quarter became a routine affair for both sides, Russia managing to eventually extend their lead to 25 points.

Yulia Poluyanova had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Russia.

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