Group C: Latvia Hold Off Turkey

15 July 2007

Latvia survived a late comeback from Turkey to win 80-75 on Sunday as both teams progressed to the qualifying round of the U20 European Championship for Women.

Baiba Eglite poured in a game-high 23 points for the victors while team-mate Dita Liepkalne added 18.

Latvia had to do without injured small forward Edite Kresa, who sustained a knee injury on Saturday, but overcame her absence.

Liepkalne's three-ball gave Latvia a 24-22 lead early in the second quarter and they went into the break with a 40-35 advantage.

Turkey battled back and Melike Bakircioglu's layup put them in front early in the third quarter at 44-43.

Latvia reclaimed the lead straight after with Aija Putnina's jumper and held on for the win.

Turkey struggled shooting the ball from outside the arc, they were three of 13 (23%) while their opponents were eight of 13 (61.5%).

Valeria Battisodo (Italy)
Valeria Battisodo paced Italy with 19 points.
Italy 109, Czech Republic 73

Italy destroyed the Czech Republic 109-73 on Sunday in what is the highest scoring game so far of the U20 European Championship for Women.

Valeria Battisodo had a game-high 19 points for the victors, who progress through to the qualifying round as third in Group C.

There was little the Czech Republic could do against an inspired Azzurre, who were hugely impressive shooting the ball from long range.

The Italians were 12 of 20 (60%) from outside the perimeter while their opponents made just one of 11 from the arc.

The Czechs trailed 34-31 at the break but were steamrolled by the Italians who outscored them 23 to 11 (57-42) in the third quarter to claim their second win of the tournament.

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