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Serbia Shut Down Lithuania To Come In Fifth

12.07.2009

Serbia crushed Lithuania 70-53 on Sunday to claim fifth place at the U18 European Championship Women in Södertälje.

Tina Jovanovic led Serbia with 20 points on nine of 13 shots from the floor.

14. Tina Jovanovic (Serbia)
Tina Jovanovic once more put up big numbers for her side

Jovanovic also corralled eight rebounds and blocked two shots.

Serbia limited Lithuania to just nine points after 14 minutes played to take command 27-9.

Lithuania cut the deficit 40-30 with six minutes to go in the third quarter but got no closer.

"Serbia were more aggressive than us and we couldn't stop them," said Lithuania's Diana Zintikaite.

"It's difficult to play against them when you trail by such a big margin early on.

"But we tried our best."

Serbia out-rebounded Lithuania 42-35.

There was little last year's gold-medal winners could do as Serbia hit 23 of 46 (50%) shots from inside the arc while Lithuania were 12 of 36 (33.3%).

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