FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women

France dominated the Netherlands

New to the FIBA Europe Division A event in their history, the Netherlands are finding the going hard.

They lost their second Group match against France (52-83).

iandra Tchatchouang © womensbasketball-in-france.comFor France Diandra Tchatchouang (left) was the player of the match with 18 points in just 18 minutes.

France dominated the first half of the match (44-22) and then paced themselves to victory with all 12 players recording a minimum of 10 minutes of play.

France meet Poland in the group deciding match while the Netherlands and Bulgaria will play off to avoid the relegation group.

Nothing is going right for Sweden at the moment as they were beaten again on day 2. This time they endured a 41-point defeat against Ukraine.

However the big story in Group B was the defeat of the hosts by Russia (73-68) in overtime.

Russia appeared to be cruising to victory with a 20-point lead at the interval (33-17). They extended the advantage to 22 points half way through the third quarter but then were outscored by their hosts 14-7 leaving them with a (55-40) lead going into the fourth quarter.

Latvia were on a run and scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to draw level (59-59) with one minute to play in regulation time with a three-pointer by Anete Klintsone.

The game went into overtime which was high in drama and emotion with the Russians prevailing (73-68).

Anastasia Logunova led the Russian attack with 21 points while Klintsone finished with 17 points for the hosts.

The rest of the news from day 2

Serbia and Spain kept the hold on Group C with victories against Italy and Germany.

Serbia beat Italy (80-60) with Sanja Orozovic leading the way with 21 points.

Leonor Rodriguez enjoys playing in FIBA competitions for Spain and led her country with 19 points in their victory against Germany (79-43).

Marta Xargay was on fine form also for Spain with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

In Group D Lithuania powered past Romania (77-36). Marina Solopova was the player of the match with 22 points and 8 rebounds. She also picked up 3 steals and dished out 6 assists.

Turkey were made to work hard in beating Belarus despite leading (23-8) by the end of the first quarter.

Tugce Cantinez with 16 points and 11 rebounds was the key player in the Turkish victory.

FIBA Europe U20 European Championship Women Day 1

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Date created: 17 July 2010

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