|10 August 2014|
|Lucija Skoric and Croatia could not beat Italy in the game for 9th place|
Italy were able to keep Croatia quiet offensively to ease to a 60-39 win, taking 9th place at the U16 European Championship Women in Debrecen.
Turning Point: After a slow first quarter, Lucija Skoric's jumper at the end of the second period helped to lead Croatia back to within five points heading to the locker room. But Lorela Cubaj's three-point play and Elisa Pinzan's shot from downtown got Italy off to the perfect start in the second half, and the lead was never less than 10 for the rest of the match.
Game Heroes: Pinzan had a team-high 13 points and added to her collection of steals for the tournament with another six in the last match. Martina Fassina had 10 points, four assists and three steals and Sara Madera, the youngest member of Italy's squad, added 10 points and seven rebounds. Cubaj only scored seven points overall, but she added 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Skoric led Croatia with 13 points and eight boards.
Stats Don't Lie: Croatia were held to less than 30% from the field and had only five points from their bench as they struggled to find solutions to Italy's high-pressure defence.
The Bottom Line: With two of the youngest squads in Debrecen, both teams will be content with top 10 finishes and hopeful of greater success ahead. Skoric, Josipa Pavic, Pinzan and Cubaj have all impressed and should play significant roles in 2015.