Olga Petrova scored 21 points to lead Russia to their fourth title at the U20 European Championship for Women, holding off France 67-58 in Pescara.
Russia used an 8-0 surge in the fourth quarter to put the game away by opening a 14-point advantage. Olga Zhuzgova added 10 points off the bench as tournament MVP Natalia Vieru struggled with foul trouble.
The old adage goes "defense wins championsihips" and that should hold true in the final of the U20 European Championship for Women with undefeated Russia facing off with France - winners of six straight games.
Both teams reached Sunday's final in Pescara by playing tough-as-nails defense in their semi-final victories over Serbia and Spain, respectively.
Russia advanced to the final of the U20 European Championship for Women with a thrilling 49-47 victory over Serbia in the first semi-final.
Natalia Zhedik and Olga Petrova each made a foul shot in the final 15 seconds and Serbian star Sonja Petrovic, who struggled throughout, missed a lay-up attempt to even the game with six seconds left.
Russia took first place honours in the U20 European Championship for Women Qualifying Round Group F, and their semi-final reward is a showdown with pre-tournament favourites Serbia.
Saturday's second semi-final has Group E winners France taking on Spain in Pescara.
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