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Group:  D | 04.07.2013, 13:30h
Group:  D | 04.07.2013, 13:30h
85-86
16 - 2319 - 2827 - 1623 - 19
16 - 2319 - 2827 - 1623 - 19
Venue: Samsun |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Damir Kunosic (BIH), Igor Demenkov (RUS), Maj Kazuko Forsberg (DEN)

GAME REPORT


Germans Hold On In Thriller

Carla Bellscheidt (Germany)
Carla Bellscheidt and Germany started strong before fighting off a Lithuanian second-half revival

Germany opened the action in Group D of U20 European Championship Women with a thrilling 86-85 win over Lithuania on Thursday in Samsun, Turkey.

Producing turnovers and fast breaks, Germany separated themselves early and held a 60-40 advantage in the third quarter. However, with successful zone defence and Laura Zelnyte leading the way, Lithuania stormed back, going in front 73-72 in the fourth quarter. As the game went down to the wire, Germany used three-pointers from Carla Bellscheidt and Anna Heise to regain the lead and eventually preserve it after Simona Dobrovolskyte missed a potential game-winning triple.

Germany won the turnover battle 19-16, but in an all-important opening day victory had 15 steals, that led to 21 points, compared to Lithuania's five.

Elisabeth Dzirma led in victory getting a team-high 17 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Heise finished with 16 points, and Laura Hebecker contributed with 11. For Lithuania, Zelnyte had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

47.5%

28/59
FG
M/A

37.2%

29/78

51.2%

21/41
FG2P
M/A

41.7%

25/60

38.9%

7/18
FG3P
M/A

22.2%

4/18

61.1%

22/36
FT
M/A

80.0%

24/30

42

15/27
RT
RO/RD

45

23/22

12

AS

22

19

TO

16

5

ST

15

3

BS

0

28

PF

32

85

Pts

86

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