|05 August 2011|
Sweden showed some quality basketball in a dominating win against Romania, 79-41, on the second day of the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women.
The Nordic team had four players in double digits and dominated the Romanians in the painted area at both ends of the court, finishing with 45 rebounds (15 offensive) against only 27.
Despite a strong support from the local crowd, the hosts didn't manage to find the key to unlock the suffocating Swedish defense and scored only 18 points until the halftime, receiving 39.
The domination of the yellow jerseys continued after the break and the Romanian players were just spectators at an unbelievable 19-0 run that increased the Swedish lead to 40 points, 66-26.
Romanians showed nothing from the determined spirit that led them to the big win against Russia one day earlier.
But after the Russians fell in front of Turkey earlier in the day, the hosts were already sure of their place in the Qualifying Round.
The powerful center Amanda Zahui finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Sweden, Nathalie Fontaine added 15, Alice Nystrom had 12 and Abigail Asoro finished with 10 in a collective offensive effort.
Arina Crăciun did all she could and finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Laura Pal scored seven points, all of them in the first half.
Romania missed badly their star player, Sonia Ursu, who got in foul trouble early in the game and finished with just 16 minutes spent on the court.
She finished with four points and four rebounds after leading her team against Russia with 20 points, eight rebounds, eight steals, three assists and one block.
Sweden, Turkey and Romania will advance from this group in the Qualifying Round, and the Saturday games will establish the final table.
Russia will have to play though to avoid relegation.