Russia Begin With Strong Performance

01 August 2013

U16 WOMEN

Raisa Musina (Russia)
Raisa Musina was one of three Russian players to score in double figures

Russia kicked off their campaign at the U16 European Championship Women in style, defeating Turkey 76-44 in Group B action on Thursday.

The Russian side started the game slowly but picked up their defense to pull away from Turkey and win their group opener in Albena.

Turkey began well and scored the first points through a slick post move from Selale Kepenc. Meltem Avci then beat the shot-clock buzzer late in the first quarter and was fouled to complete a three-point play, giving Turkey a 16-11 advantage.

But point guard Yaren Uslular picked up her third foul early in the second quarter and Russia were able to capitalise immediately as Maria Vadeeva worked inside to give the team their first lead, part of a 17-4 run which helped them to pull away.

Irem Kikiler scored a three-pointer in the third quarter and the Turkish team attempted to force a full-court press, but Russia escaped and Anastasia Zaytseva drained a three at the other end to maintain their 17-point lead.

Elena Shataeva then connected from long-range on the next possession and Russia's slick passing and balanced attack ensured Turkey could not mount a comeback.

Vadeeva led her team with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Zaytseva added 8 points and 7 assists and Raisa Musina contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kepenc led Turkey with 10 points.

 


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