Day Nine Wrap

25.08.2013

U18 WOMEN

5. Julie Allemand (Belgium)
Julie Allemand was influential for Belgium wutg 17 points

There was delight for Belgium and Poland at the U18 European Championship Women Division B in Miskolc after they gained promotion back to Division A at the first attempt.

Both relegated last summer in Bucharest, they each collected the semi-final wins required to jump up to the top tier and will now face each other in the gold medal game on the last day of the tournament.

Belgium were the first team to celebrate after they completed a rousing 69-42 destruction of Lithuania.

Julie Allemand again led her team in quite brilliant fashion with a game-high 17 points, achieved from six-of-eight floor shooting and complimented by three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Belgians took full advantage of Lithuania danger Dalia Belickaite only being able to play for three minutes and locked down their opponents after the interval, holding them to just 14 points.

Laura Juskaite was the only Lithuanian player to perform near par with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Triumphant Poland also reserved much of their best work for the second half too, eventually shrugging off a disappointed Latvia 70-55.

Angelika Stankiewicz was the hero, firing 25 points although Weronika Telenga was arguably every bit as influential with an efficient double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. She also did great work defensively, coming up with two blocks and two steals.

Kate Kreslina top-scored for Latvia with 11 points as they failed to build on their encouraging early work which had given them a 25-17 lead.

Latvia will now do battle with neighbours Lithuania in a Baltic derby game for the last remaining promotion spot.

Elsewhere on the penultimate day of the competition, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine will now fight it out for fifth place after collecting wins against Bulgaria and Hungary respectively.

Andela Delic was in inspirational form for Bosnia and Herzegovina, shining brightly with an astonishing 31 points and an amazing nine steals to help them to a 76-66 success.

Bulgaria were undone by a nightmare 30-11 last quarter and amazingly, Delic was not the top scorer in the game, since Borislava Hristova poured in a mesmerising 35 points in defeat.

Vita Gorbets was also on-fire, racking up 31 points for Ukraine in a 71-61 victory, with the hosts never recovering from a below-par 18-8 third period and poor shooting percentage. Laura Szorenyi was one of the few players not to misfire with nine points for Hungary.


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