Stellar Serbia Stroll Into Last Eight

19 August 2013

U18 WOMEN

14. Dragana Stankovic (Serbia)
Dragana Stankovic picked up 16 points and six boards for Serbia in the win that seals their spot in the last eight

A podium repeat looks more and more of a possibility for Serbia after they racked up a fourth win in as many games at the U18 Championship Women with a 69-46 success against Slovenia to seal a spot in the quarter-finals.

It was a fabulous effort by frontcourt duo Aleksandra Crvendakic and Dragana Stankovic which did the damage for Serbia.

The duo were both on-song throughout. The former added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists, but was possibly outshone by the latter, with Stankovic not only claiming a double-double of 15 points and 12 boards, but also coming up with five blocks in a dominant display.

It was during the middle two quarters when Serbia got the job done and imposed themselves, having been unable to do so with authority during the opening period.

An unanswered run of 13 points either side of the half-time break, put them in pole position and they never relinquished their tight grip once 30-19 ahead early in the penultimate quarter.

In fact they got even stronger as the game progressed, Slovenia falling 24 points behind early in the final frame following a pair of free-throws by Bogdana Rodic.

Sanja Mandic also contributed a nice five steals at the defensive end for the Serbians.

Lana Kotar may have ended up on the losing team, but she had her best game in a Slovenian vest at the tournament, registering 13 points having not previously scored.


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