|Maria Vadeeva is one part of the "Russian twin-towers"|
Turning Point: Greece were held scoreless for more than seven minutes in the second quarter, and though they continued to battle and kept the game relatively close, a six-minute third-quarter drought sealed the deal for Russia.
Game Heroes: The imposing frontcourt of Vadeeva and Musina will trouble all-comers in this tournament, and they were too strong for Greece. Musina led the team with 12 points and added 10 rebounds, while Vadeeva had 10 points, three blocks and 13 rebounds, of which nine came on the offensive glass.
Stats Don't Lie: Three Greek players scored in double figures, with Angeliki Vintsilaiou and Evgenia Kollatou tying for a game-high 13 points and Paraskevi-Anastasia Tsoukala adding 12. But the main problem was that outside of that trio, the rest of the squad only managed five points between them. Vadeeva's presence enabled Russia to out-rebound Greece on their own glass, and her team racked up 22 second-chance points in the contest.
The Bottom Line: Russia will take four points through to their second round group, while Greece will begin on two, having also been defeated by fellow qualifiers Turkey. Hungary, Spain and Croatia await in the next phase, which begins on Monday.