Group A: Pina Paces Spain Again, Russia Rough Up Greece

14.07.2007

Spain cruised to an 80-71 triumph over Israel at the U20 European Championship for Women on Saturday and for the second consecutive game, Maria Pina le the way.

One day after scoring 22 in a win over Russia, Pina came up with 21 points on 7-of-9 (77.7%) shooting from the floor to help Spain secure their second win in a row in the competition.

Spain got off to a flying start and by halftime had a commanding 50-25 lead.

Despite trailing 70-44 going into the final stanza, Israel never gave up hope. They went on an 18-5 run to cut the deficit to 75-62 but Spain won comfortably in the end.

Spain were 20-of-35 (57.1%) from inside the arc while their opponents were 20-of-53 (37.7%).

Elena Gogiya (RUS)
Elena Gogiya scored 14 points to lead Russia.
Alejandra de la Fuente added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the victors.

Russia 75, Greece 53

Russia bounced back from Friday's defeat to Spain by demolishing Greece 75-53 at the U20 European Championship for Women.

The defending champions came out all guns blazing and took a 17-5 lead after eight minutes played.

Elena Gogiya's three-point play gave Russia a 39-26 half-time lead, with the center scoring 12 of her game-high 14 points in the first half.

Russia limited Greece to one point in the next four minutes as they went on a 11-1 run to storm to a 50 27 lead.

Greece suffered a setback late in the third quarter with Anna Spyridopolou, who was leading the team in scoring at that moment, fouling out.  She ended up with 10 points, and her absence was a blow.

Russia led by as many as 27 points (69-42) and outrebounded their opponents 44 to 30.


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