Russia Win On Great Defence

20 July 2012

U16 WOMEN

Turning point: Ksenia Kuzmina made the first two points of the game, with the Russians never giving the lead out of their hands. Russia dominated the entire game, leaving no doubts about their superiority.

Game Hero: The Russian defence held the Czechs to 30 points and created opportunities for 21 fast break points.

Stats Don't Lie: Russia grabbed 20 rebounds more than the Czechs, 57-37. Is it possible to stop the Russians' height under the basket?

 

7. Daria Kolosovskaya (Russia)
Daria Kolosovskaya led a balanced Russian offence with 12 points.

It was an imperious win for Russia, who left the Czech Republic chanceless in the Quarter-Finals of the U16 European Championship Women, 63-30.

The Czechs tried their best during the first quarter, but had problems to stop a taller frontcourt and the pace imposed by the Russian team.

Ksenia Levchenko and Olga Orlova made the Russians also dominate in the backcourt, as the Czechs struggled with their defensive presence in this game.

Every time Russia made the game faster, the Czechs started to fall behind, and Russia led at the end of the quarter, 16-6.

In the second quarter, the Czechs kept the ball outside, looking for Gabriela Andelova's shot, but Russia responded with efficient fast breaks, reaching a 10-point lead.

The Russian head coach Liudmila Kornenkova started early to rotate her players.

The way for the Czech Republic to stop Russia from scoring was committing less turnovers but Russia remained fierce on the defensive end and was getting fast break points at ease.
At half time, Russia led by 32-16.

The story remained the same in the third quarter, as the Czech Republic scored their only basket with only 1:30 minutes to play, while the Russians were managing their efforts, keeping their large advantage.

Russia dominated the tables, increasing their superiority over an opponent that wasn't able to create shooting chances.

As Kornenkova called their last options from the bench, the Czech Republic scored 12 of their 30 points in the fourth quarter. Hana Vesela, with six points, was their most prolific scorer.

Russia were able to distribute their points, with 10 players scoring.

Daria Kolosovskaya and Elizaveta Bratchikova, with 12 and 10 points respectively, scored in double digits.

The Russians will face Spain in the first U16 European Championship Women Semi-Final on Saturday.

 


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