Spain retained their FIBA Europe tag as Queens of youth basketball


Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret, Karina Nizamova, Ekaterina Fedorenkova, Alina Zamaraeva, Mariya-Margarita Davydova, Anastasia Pasynkova, Galina Kiseleva, Darya Namo, Maria Myasnikova, Ksenia Tikhonenko, Svetlana Efimova, Yulia Poluyanova , Alexandra Stolyar, Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora

The final two games of the FIBA U20 European championship for Women also marked the end of the 2012 youth international season.

Spain retained their title in a repeat of the 2011 final while Turkey picked up their first ever medal in taking third place. France finished fifth by beating Sweden while Russian center Ksenia Tikhonenko picked up the MVP award.

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Turkey U20 Bolts flash Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
Elena Diaz and Sara Rodriguez Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
Alina Iagupova;  Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Olcay Cakir  and Ksenia Tikhonenko Turkish delegation members Claudia Calvelo and Laura Gil
Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret 
Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret 
Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret 
Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret, Karina Nizamova, Ekaterina Fedorenkova, Alina Zamaraeva, Mariya-Margarita Davydova, Anastasia Pasynkova, Galina Kiseleva, Darya Namo, Maria Myasnikova, Ksenia Tikhonenko, Svetlana Efimova, Yulia Poluyanova , Alexandra Stolyar, Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
 Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret, Karina Nizamova, Ekaterina Fedorenkova, Alina Zamaraeva, Mariya-Margarita Davydova, Anastasia Pasynkova, Galina Kiseleva, Darya Namo, Maria Myasnikova, Ksenia Tikhonenko, Svetlana Efimova, Yulia Poluyanova , Alexandra Stolyar, Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
 Marina Delgado, Andrea Vilaró, Yurena Diaz, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Elena Diaz, Claudia Calvelo, Maria Espana, Sara Rodriguez, Laura Gil, Marta Claret, Karina Nizamova, Ekaterina Fedorenkova, Alina Zamaraeva, Mariya-Margarita Davydova, Anastasia Pasynkova, Galina Kiseleva, Darya Namo, Maria Myasnikova, Ksenia Tikhonenko, Svetlana Efimova, Yulia Poluyanova , Alexandra Stolyar, Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
 Karina Nizamova, Ekaterina Fedorenkova, Alina Zamaraeva, Mariya-Margarita Davydova, Anastasia Pasynkova, Galina Kiseleva, Darya Namo, Maria Myasnikova, Ksenia Tikhonenko, Svetlana Efimova, Yulia Poluyanova , Alexandra Stolyar 
Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora
2Olcay Cakir, Gizem Sezer, Aysegül Günay, Özge Kavurmacioglu, Pelin Bilgic, Büsra Akgün, Cansu Köksal, Elif Emirtekin, Emel Güler, Merve Aydin, Gizem Basaran, Ayse Cora 
Marina Delgado, Inmaculada Zanoguera, Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas Ksenia Tikhonenko Ksenia Tikhonenko Ines Pinto and Daniela Domingues Aziz Akkaya Turkish Delegation Spanish Delegation

Spain remain the Queens of European youth basketball

Spain against  Russia  in the 2012 U20 fina

When it comes to pure application of following the coach's order then this Spanish team is a good example. They did not play with the flair of last year but still came away with the same result.

The first quarter was horrible to watch but Spain did the job to lead (12-4).

Spain then capitalised on Russia's turnover the rest of the way to comfortably win (59-46).

Queralt Casas led the way with 17 points while the workhorse Laura Gil finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Russia's tournament MVP Ksenia Tikhonenko had 12 points.

Highlights from the game below are provided by the International Basketball Federation:

Turkish delight at last in women's youth basketball

History was always in the for the bronze medal match because neither team had won a medal in Division A women's youth basketball.

Turkey never trailed in the game. But with just over a minute to play the Netherlands were in with a shout of stealing the game with 3 three-pointers by Sharon Lammerink in quick succession.

But a nicely taken jump shot by Emel Güler from Turkey gave her side a 4-point advantage going into the final minute.

The end was messy but the Turkish players would not mind as they survived (58-56) with Olcay Cakir and Ayse Cora combining for 32 points.

Liesbeth Visser, Loyce Bettonvil, Eline Kasius, Sonja Kuijt, Jamailah Adams, Zera Butter, Marlou de Kleijn, Jill Bettonvil, Maxime Essenstam, Petronella Kraaijenoord, Sharon Lammerink, Richelle van der Keijl




Alina Iagupova;  Mariona Ortiz, Queralt Casas, Olcay Cakir  and Ksenia Tikhonenko

The MVP award for the U20 championship is decided by the coaches as well as media outlets. The winner was Russian center Ksenia Tikhonenko.

She was joined in the all tournament team by Olcay Cakir (Turkey), Mariona Ortiz (Spain), Alina Iagupova (Ukraine) and Queralt Casas (Spain).



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Final Round


29 August 2012 Latvia: Bridina Krista's reflections

26 August 2012 U20 European Championship title goes to Spain

26 August 2012 France take fifth place

25 August 2012 France will face Sweden for fifth place

25 August 2012 Spain to meet Russia in the final again

24 August 2012 Russia and Turkey qualify for semi-final

24 August 2012 The Netherlands on history course

24 August 2012 Spain eliminate France (55-53)



Qualifying Round

24 August 2012 Erin Mc Garrachan, GB U20 captain fighting for a win

23 August 2012 Eugénio Rodrigues from Portugal is proud of his team

22 August 2012 Second round comes to an end

22 August 2012 France eliminate the Slovak Republic

21 August 2012 Turkey, only team with perfect record - Portugal win

21 August 2012 France gave Serbia no chance

21 August 2012 Spain and Turkey remain perfect on day 4

20 August 2012 Third defeat in a row for France

20 August 2012 Slovak Republic beat Ukraine the hard way

Preliminary Round

18 August 2012 First phase comes to a dramatic end

18 August 2012 Turkey beat France for Group win

18 August 2012 The Slovak Republic send Great Britain into the relegation round

17 August 2012 Injuries and illness still the focus on day 2

17 August 2012 France lost against Ukraine

17 August 2012 Latvia defeat Belarus

16 August 2012 The show goes on despite players falling ill

16 August 2012 Turkey open with a comfortable victory against Ukraine

16 August 2012 France made to work hard against Portugal



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