Italy have won the 2010 edition of the FIBA Europe U18 European Championship Women Division A after beating Spain (66-61) in the final.
The Italians kept the turnover count down and despite not having control of the rebounds ran out winners thanks to some great defending and an inspired Beatrice Carta who led the way with 17 points.
France have ended the FIBA Europe tournament with a bronze medal after beating Slovenia (66-43).
Héléna Akmouche led a balanced scoring French team with 13 points. Slovenia had no answer for the physical nature of the French game and without Tjasa Gortnar had no inside presence.
Russia are going to the U19 FIBA World Championship Women in Chile after holding off Lithuania (78-64) in the match for fifth place.
Yulia Stepanova and Svetlana Efimova scored 19 points each Russia while Santa Okockyte finished with 18 points for Lithuania.
Nika Baric (right) from Slovenia picked up the MVP award. She has won MVP awards from her last four European Championships.
She was joined in the all tournament team by Queralt Casas and Laura Gil from Spain, Martina Kissová from the Slovak Republic and Gaia Gorini from the champions Italy.
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Look back on the news from the semi-finals - day 8
Spain 61-66 Italy
The round of observation was the handshake just before the tip-off.
France scored on their first attack with Lucie Barba spinning in the paint and hooking a shot. Slovenia responded almost immediately with Nika Baric going on a trademark run and drive to the basket.
France always scored first and Slovenia replied as they cancelled each other out (8-8) with five minutes played.
Baric put Slovenia in front for the first time with a (2+1). But France regained the lead with 6 points from Christelle Diallo (15-13).
In the second quarter France decided to put the pressure on Baric and Sabrine Bouzenna was given the task of guarding her.
Diallo scored the only points during the first two minutes as both teams neutralised each other.
Neither team was able to hit anything from the perimeter and yet France stretched their lead with points from Margaux Galliou-Loko and Barba (21-13).
Rebeka Abramovic ended the baren spell for Slovenia as she concluded a fast break with a cut to the basket.
France made sure that Baric was not seeing the ball and it was Abramovic who hit the first trey of the game.
However France hit back with a three-pointer by Bouzenna (28-18) almost intermediately with three minutes left to play before the break.
Baric finally got the better of her markers and drew a foul to get to the free-throw line. She split the pair and on the next attack scored her 10th point of the game.
The last couple of minutes were hectic with both teams throwing caution to wind. Diallo put in her 10th point for France as the intensity rose.
Tina Jakovina hit her first points of the game from the land of many for Slovenia with 30 seconds remaining. However Bouzenna replied in kind for the last points of the first half for France (35-24).
France stepped up defensively after the break and stopped Slovenia from getting close to the basket.
Back to back treys by Galliou-Loko and Mélanie Devaux sent France on their way as they dominated the third quarter.
Baric (right) was not having it her way and the coach decided to give her a break.
France went into the final quarter leading (52-34).
Baric returned at the start of the final quarter. But it was her team-mate Jakovina who opened the scoring with a shot from behind the arc.
France were not troubled by Slovenia and went 20 points clear with seven minutes left to play with a three-pointer by Maissa Radjati.
Slovenia were soundly beaten in the rebound battle and it was clear that they had nothing more to offer in this game.
Slovenia finished the game with the players from the bench.
The game played itself out with France winning (66-43).
Héléna Akmouche led a balanced French attack with 13 points while Barba and Diallo had 10 points each. For Slovenia Jakovina was the top scorer with 13 points while Baric scored 11 points.
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