FIBA Europe is finally beginning to see the change in centres of excellence in women's youth basketball in Division A. To see Russia, Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Ukraine in the relegation group is an indication of how things are changing.
In Group A, Russia's misery continued with another defeat. Sweden beat them (82-58) although the Russians had the best of the first half (35-34).
Sweden stepped on the accelerator in the third quarter with Ellen Nystrom and Nathalie Fontaine combining for 16 points as Sweden went on a 29-6 blitz to end the game as a contest. Once again Amanda Zahu led the attack with 14 points.
Turkey beat Romania (54-37) to clinch second place.
Slovenia were knocked off their feet by Poland (38-55) but ended up as the lucky losers as they still qualified for the second round of the competition from Group B.
Spain completed their destruction of the group with a 52-point victory against Lithuania (94-42) to go into the second round with a perfect record.
Lithuania went into the game knowing they needed a win to eliminate Slovenia but had lost hope by half time time trailing (17-53).
In Group C Italy won against Ukraine (64-55) to avoid relegation. The collective work of the 2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Champions Italy got them through this match with 10 players getting on the score sheet.
For Ukraine Lyudmila Naumenko and Oleksandra Chek shared 35 points. But with practically a five-player rotation they were always at a disadvantage.
Belgium topped Group C of the Preliminary Round at the Global Vision U18 FIBA Europe European Championship Women after winning the deciding game for first place against Serbia (60-41).
After a low scoring first quarter (7-5), Belgium started to take control of the game during the second quarter and went into the locker room leading (23-15).
Julie Vanloo (12 points) and Emma Meesseman (10 points) found their scoring touch after the break. Belgium went on a 13-1 run and never looked back as they went 20 points clear going into the final quarter (46-25).
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14 August 2011: Belgium beat France for the title
13 August 2011: France and Belgium qualify for the final
12 August 2011: France joins Belgium, Spain and Sweden in semi-final
11 August 2011: The Czech Republic, Italy, Romania and Slovenia miss quarter-finals
10 August 2011: Italy and Romania close to be eliminated
08 August 2011: Belgium, France, Spain and Sweden already in quarter-finals
06 August 2011: Lithuania, Slovak Republic and Ukraine in relegation group
05 August 2011: Russia eliminated while Slovenia bounce back
04 August 2011: France start well while Emma Meesseman from Belgium shines
14 August 2011: Croatia complete Grand Slam in picking up the trophy
13 August 2011: Croatia and Greece win promotion
12 August 2011: Hungary fall to Latvia while Croatia, Finland & Greece are still in the race
11 August 2011: Quarter-finals pairing set
10 August 2011: Finland, Croatia and Belarus remain unbeaten
09 August 2011: Hungary have a big win while Finland dominate the Nordics
07 August 2011: 12 teams ready for the second phase
06 August 2011: Promotion dreams for England and Switzerland are over
05 August 2011: Hungary keep home fans happy