|Kate Kreslina's all round composure developed the basis for Latvia's win|
Latvia clung to a lead established behind a 15-0 second-quarter run to beat Turkey 60-53 in their opening second round game at the U20 European Championship Women in Udine on Monday.
Turning Point: Latvia coach Aivars Vinbergs's second-quarter decision to turn up the pressure on defence produced fantastic results as his team forced Turkey to play at a pace they weren't comfortable with. A 15-0 Latvian run followed and this turned the game on its head, putting Latvia in control. Turkey fought back to within three but this lead was ultimately enough.
Game Hero: Kate Kreslina may have only shot 34% from the floor for Latvia but she was fearless in driving to basket and demanding the ball in the big moments. She scored a couple of crucial lay-ups in the fourth quarter to stifle Turkey's comeback and also hit seven of eight foul shots en route to a team-high 13 points.
Stats Don't Lie: The extent to which Turkey were uncomfortable with the pace for much of the game was demonstrated by the number of times they put Latvia on the free-throw line. Latvia attempted 28 free throws, making 21 of them, accounting for a meaningful chunk of their scoring.
The Bottom Line: It was important for Latvia that they managed to get over the line in this one having pushed Spain so close in their previous game without finishing the job. This will benefit their belief moving forward. Turkey's first loss at this competition should perhaps serve as a warning that they must find a style that allows all of their key performers to shine.