Italy Beat Germany To Claim Gold

05.08.2007

Italy have won the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Division B final after securing a workmanlike 64-55 victory over Germany.

The Italians edged a tight first half by just three points, 34-31, and after finding themselves unable to pull away in an evenly matched third quarter (16-16), finally stamped their authority on the game in the final period.

A 15-10 final-quarter performance from the Italians secured a nine-point margin at the buzzer.
Giulia Pasqualin was the game's star performer, pouring in 20 points, while team-mate Gianna Grenga pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Finja Schaake led a balanced if basket-shy German attack with just nine points.

In the third-place play-off game, Slovenia edged out Israel 66-61 thanks to Nika Baric's 23-point performance.

Baric's team-mate Tjasa Gortnar dominated the boards with 12 rounds.

Shira Shecht was Israel's star performer, sinking 17 points.

In the classification game to decided the fifth-placed team, Finland trounced Bosnia and Herzegovina 75-48, Vilja Kesanen leading the way with 22 points.


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