France Advance With Another Win

05 July 2014
6. Lidija Turcinovic (France)
Lidija Turcinovic and France have without doubt put their Day 1 loss to Spain behind them, recording a second big win in as many days

France head to the second round of the U20 European Championship Women with back-to-back wins behind them after an efficient 67-36 disposal of Greece in their final Group B game in Udine on Saturday.

Turning Point: The teams were separated by a single point at the 4:00 mark in the first quarter when French coach Jérôme Fournier drew up a play that saw Marième Badiane sink a corner three. An 8-0 French run followed and opened up the game, allowing France to steadily build on their advantage.

Game Hero: Aby Gaye made the most of her size advantage, dominating inside and showing some nice touches and footwork around the basket. She finished with 15 points and six rebounds and Greece simply did not have an answer for her.

Stats Don't Lie: France had the upper hand in the majority of the key areas but nowhere was this more evident than on the boards. France out-rebounded Greece 27-12 as they did a great job maximising their mismatches. This ensured Greece rarely got a second look at the basket and created extra opportunities for France on offence.

The Bottom Line: Greece would not have marked this game as a priority coming into the tournament, therefore the result is not all-important for them. They will however be pleased with the bravery shown by some of their players, continuing to demand the ball. France appear to improve with each passing day and this game gave coach Fournier a chance to look at every player.


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