Ukraine Rally To Top Turkey


U20 Women Group E

12. Olesia Malashenko (Ukraine)
Olesia Malashenko had a massive double-double as Ukraine switched gears in the second half to beat Turkey

Ukraine stormed back in the second half to top Turkey 74-62 in the U20 European Championship Women qualifying.

Ukraine trailed 36-31 at half-time but turned things around in the third quarter when a 12-1 spurt, capped by Krystyna Matsko's fast-break basket, made it 46-41 with 3:41 in the period.

Turkey were still scapping, and trailed by only two, 51-49, when they opened the final stanza with a jump-shot from Emel Turkyilmaz.

They would pull ahead again, twice, by a single point, but back-to-back three-pointers from Alina Iagupova and Olena Chystyakova made it 63-58 in Ukraine's favour with 3:59 to go, and they would not trail again, closing the game on a 6-0 run to give the final score a comfortable look.

Iagupova had 21 points for Ukraine, while Olesia Malashenko scored 19 while pulling down 15 rebounds and dishing out four assists.

Lyudmyla Naumenko also had a double-double with 13 points and and 10 rebounds.

Ayse Cora led Turkey with 23 points while Pinar Demirok had 19.

Turkey were playing without Gamze Takmaz, who has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee after a fall in the 64-53 defeat to Serbia on Monday and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.  


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