|Karolina Pusshad 15 points in the final frame for Poland|
Karolina Puss's three-pointer with 19 seconds to play put Poland on top and they held on for a 69-65 success over Russia in Udine on Saturday to set up a fifth-place play-off with Latvia.
Turning Point: Russia led by as many as eight points in the final period but Poland began to believe they could pull it back when Kinga Wozniak chased down a long rebound and Puss hit a triple that closed the gap to 61-60 with 100 seconds left.
Game Hero: Puss's pivotal three-pointers accounted for just six of her game-high 23 points. 15 of her points came in the final 10 minutes and throughout the game she shot 62% from the floor including three-of-six from long range. Angelika Stankiewicz was also key as she led the way before Puss took over.
Stats Don't Lie: Poland made life difficult for themselves by being out-rebounded (53-37) and getting only six points from their bench. But their ability to punish Russia's mistakes, scoring 17 points from turnovers, not only helped them on the scoreboard but also in creating momentum-shifting plays.
The Bottom Line: Poland will now play Latvia for fifth place while Russia drop down to face Slovakia for seventh spot. Strong finishes for both Poland and Latvia on Saturday will see both enter their final game full of confidence and keen to close on a high.