FIBA Europe U18 European Championship Women Division A, day 2
France taken to the wire by Turkey

Slovenia get first win at U18 European Championship © womensbasketball-in-france.comOn the second day of action at the FIBA Europe U18 European Championship Women, France Lithuania, Italy, Spain and Sweden have already qualified for the qualification round.

Miguel Bordo Cano is helping us with the coverage of the tournament by covering the action from Group A and B.

The big story from day 2 was the victory of Slovenia against Russia with 24 points coming from Nika Baric (left).

You can read highlights of the FIBA Europe basketball news from the day's actions by clicking on the links below or by scrolling down the page:

What happened in Group C and D

Slovenia 70-57 Russia

Sweden 56-45 Belgium

Slovak Republic 67-52 Serbia

Spain 70-40 Hungary

Look back on the news from Day one

France remain on top of Group D

France 57-55 Turkey

Lucie Barba © FIBA EuropeFrance had to work hard for their victory against Turkey with the winning basket coming on the buzzer by Lucie Barba who picked up an offensive rebound from a three-point attempt by Eléonore Grossemy.

The match was a classic low scoring youth international basketball encounter. France were penalised for their aggressive play which resulted in Turkey going to the free-throw line 26 times. (They only hit 14.)

France made only 5 trips to the charity stripes all evening and trailed by 7 points going into the final quarter.

However driven by Mélanie Devaux with 7 points France went in front (46-42) with just over five minutes to play.

All the same Özge Kavurmacioglu from Turkey leveled the score from the free-throw line (55-55) with eight seconds left to play.

Barba who collected 12 rebounds in the game did the rest on the wire.

With two victories France are through to the qualification round and hence keep the dream alive to qualify for the 2011 U19 FIBA World Championship Women.

Ukraine (76-75) Czech Republic

In the other game in Group D, Alina Iagupova was at it again with 34 points against the Czech Republic. However it was her team-mate Viktoriya Karyeva who was the hero of the day by scoring the winning shot as the Ukraine held off the Czech Republic (76-75).

Lithuania 71-51 Latvia
Italy 70-50 Poland

In Group C, Lithuania and Italy booked their tickets for the next phase with wins against Latvia and Poland.

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Slovenia got past Russia

Slovenia get first win at U18 European Championship ©

The double act of Nika Baric and Tjasa Gortnar with a combined total of 47 points helped Slovenia to beat Russia (70-57) for their first victory in their history in Division A.

Russia had the better start to the game and scored the first 6 points of the match in just 75 seconds.

Damir Grgic giving orders to his players © womensbasketball-in-france.comDamir Grgic calmed his players down and switched defensive systems to keep Russia scoreless for the remaining eight minutes while his side took the lead to win the first quarter (15-8).

Russia were short of ideas at the start of the second quarter. Then Slovenia went 12 points clear (32-20) at one stage but went into the locker room on a negative run with a lead of just 5 points (36-31).

Svetlana Efimova stepped up for Russia after the break and scored all her team's points as they reduced their deficit (37-39).

Tjasa Gortnar © womensbasketball-in-france.comHowever Russia were unable to get any closer as the two teams traded baskets until the 28th minute.

Slovenia, leading (48-46), made what turned out to be the decisive break to close the third quarter ahead (57-50).

Gortnar (left) dominated her territory in the paint as Slovenia were allowed a free run to go 12 points clear with five minutes left to play.

Baric finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Gortnar chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds.

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Belgium paid for a poor start

Amanda Zahui © womensbasketball-in-france.comSweden scored the first 14 points of the match with Sandra Hasahya and Amanda Zahui (right) contributing 12 of the points.

Emmanuella Mayombo ended the barren spell for Belgium and the two teams traded baskets for the rest of the first quarter.

Sweden went into the second quarter leading (21-12). The match became rather scrappy with a lot of turnovers from both sides. All the same Sweden extended their advantage (38-21).

The third quarter was a non event in terms of basketball with Sweden maintaining their hold (47-31).

Belgium raised their game during the final quarter and put together a 9-1 run to reduce their deficit (40-48).

This was as close as they came to upsetting Sweden who went on to win (56-45).

Zahui finished with 19 points for Sweden while Silke Storme led the Belgium attack with 9 points.

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Slovak Republic waited until final quarter

Martina Kissová © womensbasketball-in-france.comA nervous opening from both teams resulted in a stalemate as neither side was able to put a run together of any significance. However Milica Toskovic from Serbia did light up the first quarter with a three-point buzzer beater for her team to lead (19-16).

Martina Kissová (left) did her best to keep the Slovak Republic on track against Serbia with 8 second-quarter points which helped them to go into the locker room leading by a single point (33-32).

Nothing happened offensively during the third quarter with just 15 points scored, leaving the teams tied (41-41) going into the final quarter.

The Slovak Republic stepped on the accelerator and scored 17 unanswered points to end the game as a contest as they cruised to victory (67-52) with Kissová leading the scoring with 22 points.

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Spain powered past Hungary

Queralt Casas © womensbasketball-in-france.comSpain started the game slowly allowing Hungary to have the better start (8-4).

But Spain quickly turned things around by scoring 12 straight points which enabled them to edge the opening quarter (16-10).

Spain extended their advantage to double digits (26-14) with just under five minutes remaining in the first half of the match.

Hungary took advantage of a drop in concentration and intensity by their opponents to reduce the deficit at the interval (23-30).

Spain were another team after the break with Queralt Casas (left) and Mariona Ortiz scoring 9 and 4 points respectively during the third quarter.

In addition with Marta Claret, Laura Gil and Elena Díaz playing to their strengths, Spain started to dominate and went into the final quarter leading (50-34).

The final quarter was one-way traffic with Spain doing all the scoring to win the match (72-40).

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Date created: 30 July 2010

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