|14 August 2010|
GROUP ARussia captured another convincing win in the U16 European Championship Women in Greece, with a 88-39 rout of Lithuania.
Even though they had already qualified for the next stage the Russian did not let down their intensity in their match-up with the Lithuanians. Outdueling the opponent in every aspect of the game they tabbed victory No. 3.
Russian head coach Elena Shulzhenko admitted she is excited but cautious about the Qualifying Round.
"I can't be too happy with the performance of my team so far in order to keep them under pressure for the important games in the next round. It might not have been good for us to play in the weakest group of the tournament. The players might not be ready since they never experienced a losing situation."
Losing was not an option for her team in today's game. Russia's offense worked well once again from the very beginning. They scored 23 points in the opening quarter to take a solid seven point advantage. In the second quarter they added to their lead and were able to put a sufficient gap between them and Lithuania. By halftime, the Russians were up 37-27.
After the break a 16-3 run by Russia piled up an insurmountable deficit for the Lithuanian side. After three quarters Russia looked like the certain winner (63-31). The big advantage in rebounding (52-32) was one of the main reasons for their clear lead.
Julia Gladovka led a balanced Russia offense and all scorers with 12 points. For Lithuania, who were eliminated out of the race for the Qualifying Round prior to this game, no player scored in double figures. Egle Zelnyte saw only ten minutes of action but scored eight points during her limited playing time.