U20 WOMEN DIV. B
|Vineta Birina and Latvia improved their record to 2-2 on Tuesday evening|
Belgium and Portugal are yet to experience the bitter taste of defeat at the U20 European Championship Women Division B in Albena, as both preserved their perfect records on day five.
The Belgians made it four wins from four games as they romped to a convincing 79-42 win against the still winless Great Britain, whose free fall continues in the wake of their relegation from Division A last summer.
If they found life in the top flight tough, they are not finding any reprieve in the second tier either as they slumped to a fifth consecutive loss, torched by the hot-hand of Julie Vanloo.
The top scorer in the tournament, who has been recruited by USO Mondeville, poured in another 17 points to put the Brits to the sword, along with a nice haul of six assists and three steals from Heleen Adams.
Portugal also chalked a fourth straight win to stay undefeated, as they shot down the hosts Bulgaria with a 68-56 victory.
It was a result inspired by a powerful finish to the game, when they outscored their opponents 25-10, and additionally, the clinical offence of Jessica Almeida. She cemented the win by accumulating her highest score of the competition so far, with 22 points on excellent 64.3% floor shooting. Nadia Fernandes did the dirty work on the glass with a superb 15 rebounds.
Czech Republic are also firmly in the mix for promotion after they managed to scrap their way to a fourth win in five games. They shrugged off a poor shooting display to still see off Romania 74-62, thanks mainly to a strong first-half performance. With nobody able to find their range, it was imperative that the Czechs made their free-throws, sinking 15-of-17 - and especially with the irrepressible Sonia Ursu dropping 29 points in defeat.
In the final game of the day, Latvia stormed to an 83-52 win against Israel to move to 2-2 and get their promotion challenge on an even keel. Guna Lagzdina starred with a tremendous double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds as Latvia came just one board short of the half-century mark as they out-muscled Israel in the paint.