Netherlands Go Four In A Row

19 August 2013
9. Antonija Chiabov (Croatia)
Emese Hof (left) was a defensive wall for the Netherlands, picking up 10 rebounds to go with 12 points

The Netherlands continue to roll on regardless at the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar after they shrugged off host nation Croatia to record a 59-35 victory in Group E and remain unbeaten.

Backed by passionate, noisy home support, Croatia had coped well with their unbeaten opponents during the early exchanges, especially defensively.

Indeed it was a defensively-orientated contest for the entire first-half and with scores very much noticeable due to their general absence, Netherlands crawled into a 19-13 advantage at the interval.

It was during the third quarter that the Dutch team finally found some rhythm and they surpassed their first-half total inside six minutes with a visible uplift in tempo.

They locked down Croatia for over four minutes and raced away with a Klaziena Guijt basket making it 42-24 and effectively killing off the hopes the Croatians may have had of upsetting the form book.

Emese Hof produced a smart performance in the paint with six of eight floor shooting helping her to accumulate 12 points to compliment 10 rebounds.


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