The semi-finals are set at the U18 European Championship for Women in Vukovar, Croatia. The Netherlands will face Spain while undefeated France plays Serbia.
Spain, undefeated as well, is looking to repeat their 70-54 win over the Netherlands in the second round.
After two straight losses the Netherlands came through when it counted with a quarter-final 68-55 win over Italy. Point guard Laura Cornelius took the game over, scoring 26 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. She hit 4-of-5 three-pointers and shot 9-of-14 overall.
The Netherlands went on a 21-2 tear in the third quarter and held the Italians to six points over a fourteen minute time frame. Isabella Slim helped the winners with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Cecilia Zandalasini led Italy with 19 points
Spain (7-0) had no problem in their quarter-final match, topping an over-matched Sweden squad 72-32. Spain took off quickly turning a 16-4 lead into a 39-12 halftime advantage and then going on a 21-1 surge. Nogaye Lo led the winners with 15 points in seventeen minutes of play as Spain played their bench for most of the contest. Sweden shot only 3-of-22 on three-pointers and committed 30 turnovers.
France (7-0) also had no difficulty advancing with a 73-42 romp over Turkey. Clementine Morateur made five-of-seven three-point attempts on the way to 19 points while Mousdandy Djaldi-Tabdi was 10-for-10 from the field and led the French with 24 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds and did it all in only 19 minutes of action. Turkey was outrebounded 47-27 and connected on only 26.8% from the field.
In a competitive game, Serbia advanced with a 72-62 quarter-final win over Russia. After sitting out the last game, Aleksandra Crvendakic returned with a vengeance with 21 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Point guard Sanja Mandic who also sat out the previous game, contributed 14 points, six assists and seven steals. Mandic hit her biggest three-pointer of the day from long range to give the Serbians a 15-point lead in the third quarter and that pretty much sealed the win. Dragana Stankovic also scored inside for Serbia and finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Daria Kolosovskaia led the Russians with 19 points and six boards.
Thanks to FIBA Europe for the photos.