|Veronika Mirkovic and Sweden had everything go their way against Serbia|
Sweden jumped out to a 7-0 and never looked back as they beat Serbia 75-63 in Udine on Saturday to claim their first victory of the U20 European Championship Women.
Turning Point: Sweden led this game from start to finish but perhaps a defining moment came at 7:45 in the third quarter. Sweden were already well ahead but when Veronika Mirkovic looked for a team-mate on the fast-break and her pass inadvertently found the bottom of the basket to make it 44-28, Serbia knew it wasn't going to be there day.
Game Hero: Anita Ilic put up a lot of shots but made most of them, including four from beyond the arc on her way to a game-high 18 points. Furthermore eight of these came in the first quarter to help Sweden get off to the strong start which provided the foundation for this triumph.
Stats Don't Lie: Sweden's superiority in the rebounding department was key in allowing them to hold on to their advantage having put themselves in a good position behind a strong start. They pulled down 40 boards to Serbia's 25 and limited Serbia to just seven second chance points.
The Bottom Line: Despite this victory Sweden will now compete in the classification competition having failed to finish in the top three places of Group B. Serbia still top the group by virtue of their win over Slovakia on day one and progress to the next round. Serbia chose not to use Aleksandra Crvendakic and Dragana Stankovic and it remains to be seen what impact this could have moving forward.