FIBA Europe U16 Division A France in Croatia, Poland and Serbia out
There is not so much suspense so far at the FIBA Europe 2011 U16 Championship for Women Division A. 11 teams booked their tickets for the qualifying round on the second day of the youth international basketball festival in Cagliari.
France play in Group D during the preliminary round phase.
They went into their match with Serbia knowing that a victory would see them into the next phase because Turkey had beaten the Netherlands (57-46).
Turkey were led by Ezgi Manlaci and Nurcan Basaran who both scored 14 points. The Netherlands had 13 points by Isabella Slim and Emese Hof.
Serbia had the best possible start against France by scoring the first 12 points of the match with 7 of the points coming from Aleksandra Crvendakic.
France had to wait almost seven minutes to get on the scoreboard with a split pair of free throws by Bétengere Dinga-Nbomi.
In a space of 60 seconds France scored 7 points with Clémentine Morateur, Dinga-Mbomi (a trey) and Lysa Millavet all scoring. However a three-pointer by Crvendakic enabled Serbia to stay in front (15-10).
France continued pushing. By the end of the first quarter they trailed by just a single point (16-17).
Serbia were able to regain control of the game once the second quarter started and went 8 points clear (28-20) with almost 15 minutes played.
Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi (in picture) who had not scored a single point up till this moment stepped up becoming more aggressive in the paint. She sparked France into action and contributed 8 points in a 19-4 run that put France in front going into the locker room (39-32).
Fleur Deviller and Aby Gaye made sure France continued to push after the break. Once France were 10 points clear (45-35) early in the third quarter, it was all over for Serbia.
France maintained a double-digit advantage for the rest of the game and ended up winning comfortably (83-64).
With this victory France continue the competition in the qualifying round while Serbia play in the relegation group.
Djaldi-Tabdi finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Gaye and Morateur had 14 and 11 points each.
For Serbia Crvendakic and Mirjana Ristic were the big scorers with 19 and 15 points each.
Spain got all 12 players on the score sheet as they crushed Group D rivals Finland (100-27). Maria Arrojo was the top scorer with 18 points. She also had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Italy beat Hungary (62-49) with 19 points coming from Cecilia Zandalasini. This results means that Hungary have qualified and Finland can still qualify for the next phase of the competition provided they beat Italy by more than 16 points in the final game.
In Group A Sweden remain perfect after seeing off the Slovak Republic (63-50) while Belgium eliminated Poland (69-40).
Russia were made to work hard by Greece but still came away with the win (61-52) while the Czech Republic just held off Croatia (74-68) in Group B.
With Poland and the Czech Republic already eliminated, Russia and Sweden are assured to finish in first place of their respective groups and take maximum points into the qualifying round.