|20 August 2013|
|Marie Mané played the cameo role to perfection for France, contributing 11 points.|
There's no stopping defending champions France at the U18 European Championship Women in Vinkovci after they racked up a fifth straight win with a hard-fought 51-44 victory against Sweden.
With the respective defences both standing tall, it was the added strength of French center Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi which made a big impact.
She not only completed a terrific double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds, but equalled the highest number of blocks so far in the competition, with five swats helping to keep the pesky Swedes at bay.
Sweden actually enjoyed holding the upper hand during the initial moments of the contest, a triple by Emma Eriksson handing them a quick fire 6-0 start, only for France to spark into life with a burst which gave them a 16-9 lead.
The Swedes came storming back and then manoeuvred themselves into the box-seat off the back of some excellent defence during the second quarter when they held Les Bleues to just six points, to take a 25-22 lead to the locker rooms.
France enjoyed the better of the third quarter when it was the turn of the Swedes to misfire and when France scored eight points without reply in the last quarter, it broke the game open as they surged 51-36 ahead.
Sweden rallied in the last few minutes, but could not bridge the gap, despite the best efforts of Eriksson who had 14 points.
Marie Mane contributed a fine cameo for France with 11 points and eight rebounds.