|Dominika Owczarzak and Poland cruised to an opening day victory over Ukraine|
Poland breezed past Belarus for a 73-34 triumph as they made a confident start to their U20 European Championship Women campaign in Udine on Thursday.
Turning Point: Poland were already leading by seven points midway through the first period when Angelika Stankiewicz connected on a two-point jump shot to spark a 12-0 run. This sequence saw the lead stretch to 19 and by the end of the quarter Poland were already on their way to being out of sight at 27-6.
Game Hero: With such a resounding victory seemingly sealed early on, Poland set about sharing the spoils in a balanced team effort. That being said, Julia Adamowicz was effective in all that she did, finishing with 13 points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: Poland had the beating of Belarus in almost every department but their ability to punish their opponents' mistakes was a key factor in this game. 21 of Poland's points came as a result of Belarus turnovers, and such an effective level of execution will benefit Poland as they progress.
The Bottom Line: This was always going to be a tough task for Belarus to overcome a strong Poland side but coach Anatoly Iakoubenko may be slightly concerned about the possible negative mental impact of the one-sided manner of the defeat. Poland will be pleased with this ahead of an intriguing tie against the hosts on Friday.