Ukraine, Serbia Cruise To Second Wins

12 July 2008
Serbia remained perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women with a comfortable win against hosts Italy 71-53 while Ukraine steamrolled over Lithuania 101-50.

Serbia, runners-up at this event last summer, used a 14-0 run to open a 35-17 lead midway through the second period and never looked back as Ana Dabovic led all scorers with 16 points.

Sonja Petrovic added 14 points and 10 rebounds while Dragana Gobeljic and Maja Miljkovic hit for 12 points each. And Jelena Milovanovic chipped in eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Italians, who dropped to 1-1 in Group A in Chieti, were paced by Valeria Battisodo's 12 points and 10 from Chiara Rossi.

Jovica Antonic's Serbians rushed ahead 13-2 early on and led 21-15 after one period. After Battisodo's basket made it 21-17, the Balkan giants went on their 14-0 surge to take control of the game.

The lead was 39-26 at the break and Milovanovic's lay-up made the advantage 20 points for the first time at 51-31. The cushion swelled to 54-33 at the end of the third period.

The Italians were urged on by the home crowd and made a comeback in the fourth as Martina Crippa's third basket in a two minute stretch trimmed the deficit to 55-47. But Miljkovic and Iva Roglic knocked down long balls to make it 63-47 and Italy would not get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Ukraine Display Against Lithuania

All suspense in Group C in Sulmona was over with still in the first quarter as Ukraine thrashed Lithuania 101-50 with five players scoring in double figures.

Ukraine's Taisiia Bovykina led the game with 19 points while Arina Lysyuk tallied 13 points and Olesya Malashenko, Oksana Kisilova and Yevgeniya Sharovka all scored 12. The 17-year-old top talent Malashenko also added 10 rebounds. Every Ukrainian player scored at least two points and 11 of them grabbed at least one rebound.

Ukraine scored the first nine points of the game and led 19-4 midway through the first quarter and ended the period on a 12-0 run for a 31-9 lead.

The Lithuanians could only close to within 17 points late in the second period - at 39-22 - before going into the locker room down 44-24.

Ukraine coach Iryna Nagorna was able to bring in her bench players en masse already in the third period and did not lose much production as the lead continued to grow to 40 points - 69-29 - thanks to a 25-5 run to start the second half.

Lithuania were demoralised by the fourth quarter and Ukraine pushed the advantage to 54 points - 97-43 - just before the end of the game.

Lithuania once again struggled from long distance, making just 4-of-18 three-pointers (22 percent) after going 0-of-19 against Russia on Friday. Sarune Povilionyte was leading scorer for Lithuania with 10 points.

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