|19 August 2013|
|Tatiana Sema was a key cog in Russia's win, scoring 14 points |
Russia hit the ground running at the start of the second phase of the the U18 European Championship Women after showing the composure required in crunch time to pull out a 76-68 Group E victory against Turkey.
With the game finely balanced heading into the last couple of minutes, Russia showed far more composure when it mattered.
They produced the last eight points of the contest, as the Turkish offence flat-lined at the worst time.
With the game tied up 68, Turkey spilled the ball, missed a wide open lay-up and also had to contend with Tatiana Sema, who came up with a stunning block as part of a great night of work.
She garnered 14 points and eight rebounds and for good measure, it was Sema who iced the celebratory cake on the buzzer with a rare score from the perimeter.
It had been an absorbing contest with Turkey initially racing out of the blocks, but once Russia woke up, it was a classic neck-and-neck story for the remainder of the game until crunch time.
Elizaveta Komarova also excelled for the winning side with an efficient 15 points.
Serife Onar poured in 19 points for Turkey, whilst Tilbe Senyurek had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.