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Women’s basketball: First Quarterfinalists

14/7/2016

News - Women’s basketball: First Quarterfinalists

After the second day of women’s basketball competitions we know the names of some participants who will be competing in the quarterfinals. Zagreb, Alba Iulia, Ljubljana, Warsaw and Belgrade are certain participants of the next round following their second win today.

Group A

Strong performances by teams who won the first round

Alba Iulia booked their ticket to the quarterfinal after scoring 100 points against Groningen. The winner was obvious even after the first quarter of the game. The players from Alba Iulia were dominant and are deservedly in the quarterfinal.

Lethal players from the winning team were once again Dora-Denisa Ardelean and Sonia Ursu, while Groningen’s Kim Jaasma played ‘by herself, scoring 28 points.

The team from the University of Zagreb were on fire, and after a fantastic match in the first round, scored 74 points in their second game against the Mykolas Romeris University. All the drama that we witnessed throughout the game was settled by the Zagreb team in the last quarter.

Ružica Džankić led her team with 20 points, while Rita Zilinskalite guided the brave Mykolas Romeris team in the battle for the quarterfinal with 17 points.

The teams from the University of Zagreb and the University of Alba Iulia will battle for first place in Group A, while the other two teams will compete for third game in what will be a consolation game.

Group B

The team from the University of Ljubljana qualified for the quarterfinals with a convincing performance. The Split team stood in their way, but Ljubljana managed to beat them with a score of 86:58. This result settled the dilemma of the winner after a fantastic second part in which the Ljubljana team scored 30 points, and conceded only 12.

Polona Zalar and Nina Gabrovšek had a good day, scoring 22 and 19 points, respectively, while Josipa Zovko stood out in the meek team from Split with 16 points.

One of the more interesting games in this round was the one between the University of Goettingen and Ivanovo State University, which decided the team that would be progressing to the second round of the competition. During the entire match we watched numerous lead changes. A little better shoot percentage made the difference in favor of the Goettingen team, who celebrated with 44:42.

Birte Bencker led the winning team with 15 points, while the losing side’s Nadezhda Burenkova scored 13 points.

The University of Goettingen and the University of Ljubljana will compete today for the first place in their group.

One of the players who did not compete today, Ozlem Ozturk, congratulated their rivals and said that her team knew who they were up against: ‘They are a really good team and I believe they will go far. We came to this championship weakened because some of our players are injured and we did not have enough time to prepare, but we hope that by the end we will have one a game after these two defeats.’

Bojan Ivanović, the coach of the players from the University of Belgrade, had no complaints about his players: ‘I am happy with today’s performance of my players. This weakened Turkish team was great for us to warm up, which we had not managed earlier because we did not know if we would be competing until the very last day.’ With today’s score difference of 66 points they set a record in the women’s competition at the Games.

Group C

The players of the University of Bochum have won against the University of Aveiro with the score 65-63 in a tense game. The German girls had a strong start, but the Portuguese players quickly found their pace and increased the pressure. The lead often changed hands, but at the end of the game, the students from the University of Bochum showed more composure and managed to win by a single point. The most effective player of the Portuguese team, and of the entire game, was Ana Raimundo, but her 23 points were not enough to ensure victory for her team. In the German team, the most effective players were Ramona Tews with 19 and Carolina van der Velde with 14 points.

The University of Warsaw grasped their second win at the Games against students from Aix-Marseille University with the score 63:41. Warsaw’s most effective player was Anna Pawlowska with 20 points, while Manon Cuomo was the best player in the opposing team. There was hardly any suspense in this game, however, as the Polish team seized the control of the game from the very start, producing a convincing win.

Group D

The University of Bologna faced the Budapest University of Physical Education in the first Group D match of the day at Trešnjevka Hall. The Italian girls have stopped the Hungarian winning streak, winning the game 69-60.

Both teams played rough, with a lot of fouls, and that resulted in a relatively small number of points in the first two quarters. The University of Budapest maintained a slight advantage in this period led by Alma Nemeth and Judit Eszter Manyoky, who each scored 9 points and the extraordinary Barbara Varga with 11 jumps.
Half-time break was beneficial to Bologna as they came back to life and completely turned the course of the game. The girls from Bologna were more aggressive, and they started thriving in long-range shots.

Alessandra Tava and Licia Schwienbacher said that their coach had motivated them in the locker room: ‘The coach told us that we have to keep our head up and stay strong. And so it was, we didn’t think about the result, we just played the game and strengthened our defense.’

The match between Budapest and the University of Belgrade is scheduled for tomorrow. The game scheduled for tomorrow is between Budapest and The University of Belgrade. Bologna will try to beat the Turkish Bahcesehir University and qualify to the further stages of the competition. ‘We believe we’ll make it, we have a fighting heart’, said the Italian girls.
The girls from Belgrade won their last gold medal right here in Croatia, at the European Universities Championship, and they hope to repeat that feat this year. The second opponent on their road towards the gold was Bahcesehir University from Istanbul, and Belgrade won with the score 118-52.

Speed, precision and team play are the qualities that adorn the team from the University of Belgrade. We also have to mention their excellent defense, which helps them score a lot of points. All Belgrade players scored in the game, but the most efficient were Jovana Vukoje with 21 points, Nicolas Milic with 19 points and Milica Inđić with 18 points scored. On the opposing team, who had fewer players at their disposal, two players stood out: Hulya Coklar with 25 points and Rana Derin with 10 points and 7 assists.

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