|17 August 2013|
|Clémentine Morateur led France diligently from the backcourt, assuring they remained undefeated|
France continue to roll on the road towards successfully defending their title after claiming a third win in as many days with a 50-27 win against the Slovak Republic at the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar.
It was one-way traffic almost from tip to buzzer as France found top gear early on defence to impose a near complete shutdown of the Slovakian offence.
The French conceded just two points in the first period to stamp their authority on the contest immediately.
Leading 21-6 in the second quarter, the only cause of any concern for France was an injury to their top scorer in the game Marie Milapie, but she would later return to ease any fears of her being sidelined in future games.
The Slovak Republic managed to compete much better leading up until half-time but could not get much to drop from three-point range and that made any notion of a comeback quite remote.
Their faint hopes of getting themselves back into the game were then extinguished completely in the third quarter.
France tightened their grip and went 42-17 ahead via a triple in the last second of the period by Clementine Morateur. And, this was important since their offence stuttered during the last 10 minutes as Slovakia kept fighting.
Angelina Turmel impressed with 11 points and eight rebounds for France and Katarina Urbaniova did her best to inspire the Slovak Republic with seven points and five steals.