|Tilbe Senyürek was the vocal point in Turkey's offensive efforts before being assisted from the court injured in the third period|
Turkey took a big step towards the next round of U20 European Championship Women with a comfortable 84-49 win over Czech Republic in Udine on Thursday.
Turning Point: Turkey extinguished any lingering Czech hopes of a second-half fight-back when they went on an 8-0 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter. This included eight points from the painted area for Tilbe Senyürek and took the Turkish lead up to 19.
Game Hero: This was a balanced offensive display from the Turkish team but Senyürek once more showed why she is so important to this team. She scored 16 points, eight of them in that decisive run, and although she left the game following a hard fall in the third quarter and did not return, she seemed to be okay as she enjoyed the final stages from the bench.
Stats Don't Lie: Turkey converted 90% of their free throw attempts, and having been put on the line 20 times by Czech Republic, this accounted for a significant chunk of Turkey's scoring, which enabled them to maintain the lead they had built up early on.
The Bottom Line: Turkey look set to advance from Group A with two wins in the bag ahead of Saturday's clash with Belgium. From Czech Republic's point of view, defeat adds importance to their meeting with Russia on Saturday.