Four teams qualify for U19 FIBA World Championship in Chile

2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Championship Poster © FIBA EuropeThe 2011 U19 FIBA World Championship Women will be held in Chile. The U18 European Championship Women division A competition is the qualifying tournament for the European participants.

Five teams from Europe will qualify for Chile and already the first four teams are known.

France, Russia Slovenia and Spain booked their tickets after winning their quarter-final matches.

The beaten quarter-finalists will contest for the last spot which will be given to the team that finishes fifth.

In the relegation group Belgium beat Latvia (63-43) while the Czech Republic beat Hungary (68-44).

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

Spain closed down Alina Iagupova

Defense won the day for France

No stopping Italy

Slovenia stepped up a gear

Look back on the news from the last day of the qualification round

Quarter-final results>

Spain 80-68 Ukraine
Russia 38-51 France
Italy 64-38 Sweden
Lithuania 76-82 Slovenia

Classification games results
Czech Republic 68-44 Hungary
Latvia 43-63 Belgium
Slovak Republic 65-62 Poland
Turkey 78-73 Serbia

Spain U18 qualify for semi-final of the 2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Championship ©

Spain had to wait until the second half

Spain struggled during the first 20 minutes against Ukraine. Alina Iagupova was causing her usual mayhem. However it was the contribution of her team-mate Kateryna Demchenko that put Spain on the back foot.

The Ukraine managed to stay in front until the interval (38-36).

Spain changed tactics after the break by closing down Iagupova. Without the balls in her hands, Ukraine were unable to create scoring opportunities.

Laura Gil © womensbasketball-in-france.comSpain scored the first 7 points of the quarter. Laura Gil (right) was the spark that Spain needed to get going. Spain were unable to put down Ukraine completely and went into the final quarter leading (61-52).

Spain were never in any real danger during the closing quarter and ended up winning (80-68).

For Spain Gil scored 18 points, picked up 10 redounds, dished out 4 assists and drew 10 fouls while Marta Claret, Queralt Casas and Andrea Vilaró contributed 16, 13 and 11 points respectively. Casas also dished out 6 assists.

For Ukraine Iagupova finished with 33 points. She also had 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Kateryna Demchenko scored all her 13 points during the first half while Anna Kiriyenko finished with 10 points.

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A little bit of Pierre Vincent in France U18

France U18 qualify for semi-final of the 2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Championship © womensbasketball-in-france.comFrance picked themselves up from back to back defeats with a master class performance in defense to send Russia out of the championship (51-38).

France restricted Yulia Stepanova and Yulia Poluyanova to 7 points each while Svetlana Efimova managed just 8 points.

France also won the battle in the paint and came out top in rebounding.

Héléna Akmouche © womensbasketball-in-france.comThe game was decided early in the first quarter when France scored 6 unanswered points to lead (10-5). They did not look back and by the interval they were leading (26-19).

The defense of France did the work for the rest of the match as they qualified for the semi-final.

Héléna Akmouche (right) and Florine Basque from France were the only players to reach double digits with 12 and 11 points each.

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Italy U18 qualify for semi-final of the 2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Championship ©

Italy powered their way to victory

Italy took no chances and applied a full court press from the tip-off. Sweden were confused by their opponents' tactics and finished the first quarter trailing by 10 points.

The second quarter was evenly contested but the Swedish duo Fahriya Adbi and Amanda Zahui were paralytically marked out of the game.

Italy went into the locker room leading (34-24).

It was one-traffic after the break with Italy scoring 14 consecutive points to put the game out of reach for Sweden.

Italy dropped the pace and went into the final quarter (50-28) to easily win the game (64-38).

For Italy Beatrice Carta scored 11 points and Lucia Morsiani was the only other player in double digits with 10 points.

For Sweden Alice Nÿstrom compiled a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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Slovenia have a player by the name of Nika Baric

Nika Baric © womensbasketball-in-france.comSlovenia are through to the semi-final of the 2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Championship Women Division A after Nika Baric (right) fired in 38 points and dished out 10 assists in the (82-76) victory against Lithuania.

The first quarter was up and down with Lithuania taking the first quarter with a buzzer beater by Laura Svalyte (21-20).

The lead changed hands seven times in the second quarter before Baric took the game into her own hands by scoring 15 of her team's last 17 points for her side to go into the locker room ahead (48-38).

Tjasa Gortnar was hurt during the last 90 seconds of the first half and had to leave the game on a stretcher.

Lithuania came storming back after the break and with just under 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the quarter Krista Druskyte's trey made it a 3-point game (52-55).

Baric was quick to respond with 6 points for Slovenia. Yet it was the contribution of her team-mates Tina Jakovina and Eva Rupkin that allowed Slovenia to hold onto the lead (69-61) going into the final quarter.

Slovenia enjoyed their best phase of the game with a 10-2 run that put them on their way to victory.

Lithuania had not conceded the game. With back to back three-pointers by Laura Svaryte and Druskyte they threatened to come back (71-79).

The end was scrappy with Slovenia holding on to win (82-76).

The other players from Slovenia to score were Rupnik and Jakovina with 12 points apiece. Gortnar scored 13 points before she left for hospital.

For Lithuania Paulina Zaveckaite led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Santa Okockyte also scored 17 points. Svaryte also finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds while Kriste Druskyte finished the game with 10 points.

Slovenia U18 qualify for semi-final of the 2010 FIBA Europe U18 European Championship ©

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Date created: 07 August 2010

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