U20 WOMEN DIV. B
|Jolien Goyvaerts and Belgium are one of only two remaining undefeated teams |
Portugal and Belgium are the only teams to keep their records perfect after the conclusion of game day two at the U20 European Championship Women Division B in Bulgaria.
Coming off a 66-38 opening win over Israel, the Portuguese side took to the floor against Romania on Friday.
Having won each of the first three quarters to establish a 42-58 lead, Portugal looked on their way to another blowout victory.
However, Romania had different plans, going on a 12-0 run in the final frame to cut the deficit to eight points, 57-65, with 3:25 minutes left to play.
A layup by Jessica Almeida stopped the scoring slump for Portugal, 57-67, but her team failed to make another shot drop in the remaining minutes.
Eugenio Rodrigues' players had to sweat it out, as a three-pointer by Sonia Ursu got the Romanians within touching distance, 64-67.
With the final 49 seconds ticking down and the Romanian team missing their last hot attempt, it was Portugal to leave the court with a smile and another "W" to their names.
Ines Viana top-scored for the winning side with 18 points, while Ursu recorded 15 points and nine rebounds in a losing effort.
In the second game of the day, Belgium faced a tough challenge against the Czech Republic, trailing 34-41 at the half-time interval.
With Julie Vanloo and Hanne Mestdagh catching fire, Belgium managed to turn the tables in the second half.
The former scored 10 of her game-high 24 points in the last quarter to spark the Belgian comeback. The Belgians out-scored the Czech team 27-11 to stay on the winning track with a 73-62 victory.
Mestdagh came up with a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, winning the duel against Monika Satoranska underneath the basket.
The Czech power forward, who produced a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double on day one, delivered another remarkable performance with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Hosts Bulgaria gave their home crowd reason to cheer, as they bounced back from their first day defeat with a convincing 67-86 victory over winless Great Britain.
The Bulgarians laid the foundation to their triumph early in the game, taking a 19-point lead at half-time behind a smooth-running offence.
Making their shots with high accuracy, including 8-of-16 shooting from three-point range, the home side never looked back for the rest of the game.
16-year-old Borislava Hristova (21 points), Iva Kostova (20 points) and Iva Georgieva (18 points) led the charge for the winners, combining for 59 points, whilst Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby was Great Britain's most effective player with 12 points and 13 boards.
The final game of the day saw Israel take their first win as they cruised past F.Y.R. of Macedonia, 66-48.
Having scored only five points in the opening quarter, the Israeli side found their shooting touch in the second, out-scoring their opponents 23-7.
Israel were just as impressive on defence, forcing F.Y.R. of Macedonia to 27 turnovers to keep control of the game.
May Dayan led the balanced Israeli offence with 16 points, while Andzelika Mitrasinovik had a game-high 17 points for the losing side.