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Sweden Beat Turkey In Day One Thriller

04 August 2011
U18 Women

8. Ellen Nyström  (Sweden)
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.

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