|Iva Slonjsak delivered an outstanding performance, collecting 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists|
Croatia secured third spot in the U16 European Championship Women Group E as they held off a spirited Turkey side to take a 66-59 victory.
Croatia's offense got off to a fast start, racking up 25 points in the first quarter as Klaudija Dobroslavic hit two three-pointers and then later Dora Goles and Iva Slonjsak joined the party from long-range.
Selale Kepenc continued her hot-shooting in the tournament with two long-distance efforts herself, but Turkey found themselves 10 points down at the end of the first period and Goles hit another early in the second quarter to extend the lead.
Turkey's center Inci Guclu was proving to be a menace on the boards though, and Croatia's efforts to control the paint were hampered when Tihana Stojsavljevic picked up an early third foul.
Some careless turnovers also allowed Turkey back in, but Slonjsak's aggressive pushing of the ball and Anita Kelava's impact on defense sparked a run at the end of the half to put Croatia 12 points ahead.
With their tournament on the line, Turkey pushed in the third quarter and reduced the lead to six, but the Croatian defense clamped down in the final quarter to seal the victory.
Slonjsak kept up her impressive tournament with 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists and was helped by 15 points and six steals from Ivana Dojkic and 12 rebounds and four blocks from Kelava.
Kepenc led the Turkish team with 16 points.