|Tilbe Senyürek (pictured here playing at the U18 European Championship Women 2013) was the star in Turkey's opening game win|
Turkey held off a late Russian fight-back to take a 57-43 victory in their U20 European Championship Women opener in Udine on Thursday.
Turning Point: Büsra Akbas' three-pointer with two minutes to play took Turkey's lead back up to six and curtailed Russia's revival - to the audible relief of the Turkish bench.
Game Hero: Tilbe Senyürek was tireless in the paint on both ends of the floor, limiting her formidable opponents and finishing with 11 points and five rebounds herself.
Stats Don't Lie: Russia went scoreless for 9:05 from midway through the first period.
The Bottom Line: Turkey have given themselves a real chance of advancing to the next round, particularly with the confidence taken from this victory, while Russia must produce better against Belarus and Czech Republic.