This year the Fiba Europe U18 European Championship Women Division B will see 18 teams fighting it out for the places reserved for promotion.
Last season only 15 teams participated. Norway that finished in last position have not put in a team this year while Estonia, Luxembourg, Montenegro and Scotland are back.
Bulgaria and Belarus were demoted from Division A last summer.
The hosts Romania should be contenders for promotion while the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Belarus are the teams with the best chance of gaining promotion.
Finland won the Nordic championship in May and now have most of the players that won promotion to Division A at U16 level in 2008.
The Netherlands and Germany have had an extensive preparation which have seen them play a lot of games with teams in Division A.
In Group A, Romania opened with a comfortable win against Switzerland (80-38) while Greece thumped Luxembourg (81-38).
In Group B, Germany had it easy against Bosnia and Herzegovina with a (75-38) victory while Croatia had to work hard despite dominating the second quarter (22-8) to beat Denmark (73-52).
In Group C, Scotland failed to score a single point during the second quarter and had to wait for almost five minutes in the third quarter to finally score against Finland.
Finland ran out easy winners (91-29) while Estonia beat Bulgaria (70-46).
The big wins continued in Group D with the Netherlands thumping Montenegro (84-29) and Belarus beating Israel (91-41).
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Date created: 28 July 2010
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