|04 August 2011|
|Sweden's Ellen Nyström had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists in her team's victory over Turkey |
Two free throws by Ellen Nystrom with 18 seconds to go and a crucial steal by Natalie Fontaine at the next possession sealed the victory for Sweden, 66-64 against Turkey, in their first game at the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women.
The Turkish side transformed a seven-point deficit to a four-point lead, after a 9-0 run carried from the end of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth.
Turkey led by five points with 1:49 remaining only to see their chances blown away at the end.
Helena Kurt lead the Swedish side with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals and shot an excellent 57 percent from the three-point line.
Center Amanda Zahui contributed with a double-double, 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Ellen Nystrom added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Sweden got the upper hand in the first quarter, and kept a double-digit lead until midway through the second quarter.
Alice Nystrom and Elen Nystrom were all over the court and they combined for 13 points and 5 rebounds in the first half.
But Turkey got back in the game and they used an 8-0 run, fueled by Cora and Seser, to cut the lead, 24-26 with 4:43 to halftime.
The two teams went head to head and Sweden led by only two points at halftime, 31-33.
Turkey's Ozge Kavumarcioglu and Olcay Cakir combined for 28 points in a losing effort.