|Spain failed to find an answer to counter the pinpoint shooting of Daria Levchenko|
A ruthless shooting display saw Russia edge Spain 77-69 in Udine on Tuesday as the three-time reigning champions lost just their second U20 European Championship Women game since 2010.
Turning Point: Spain were never out of sight but when Daria Levchenko hit her fourth three-pointer with 1:53 to play it stretched the lead to 73-64 - and not even this once invincible Spanish side could overcome that deficit in so little time.
Game Hero: Levchenko had an incredible shooting night as almost everything she touched turned to points. She finished with a game-high 25, connecting on all four of her three-point attempts and only missing one from closer to the basket for an 88% performance from the floor.
Stats Don't Lie: It was not just Levchenko who had a hot hand. As a team, Russia were successful with nine of their 12 attempts from beyond the arc and in a game of fine margins, those extra points ultimately proved to be the difference.
The Bottom Line: Russia have taken a huge step towards the quarter-finals and will now be full of belief moving forward. For Spain, wholesale changes are not required, this is still the system that has swept all before them in the past but they must find a way to return to their full potential and, crucially, eliminate the easy misses, which were central to this defeat.