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MVP Makurat leads Poland to title, Netherlands also win promotion
ORADEA (2016 FIBA U16 Women's European Championship Division B) - Poland have won their first-ever FIBA U16 Women's European Championship Division B, beating Romania in the Final. The Netherlands also get promotion to Division A.
Poland led by as many as 17 points in the Final, and had no intention of letting Romania get back into the game, with the tournament hosts failing to pull the deficit back to single digits in the final quarter, as Poland secured a 66-52 win, their seventh in seven games at the Championship.
Defence was the key in the Final. Romania failed to score a single three-pointer on their 12 attempts, and Poland made them turn the ball over on 23 occasions. Poland had 17 steals and 15 fast-break points, compared to just 5 and 5 for Romania in the same columns.
Anna Makurat was the leading scorer for the gold medallists, hitting 14 points and grabbing 9 rebounds on her way to the Most Valuable Player award. Makurat averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in Oradea.
Makurat is also in the All-Star Five, as the only representative from the winning side. She was joined with a couple of players from Romania - Nicolett Orban and Maria Ferariu - and two more coming from the Dutch. Evelien Lutje Schipholt and Robyn Bouwer led the Netherlands to a third place finish.
Bouwer collected a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Third-Place game, as her team defeated Israel 50-44 to take bronze. Bouwer also hit the most important shot of the match, making it a two-possession game heading into the final minute. Lutje Schipholt played just over 18 minutes due to foul trouble, but still managed to pull down 12 boards.
Danielle Karsh had 16 points for Israel, who finished fourth and will stay in Division B come next summer. A Quarter-Final win over Greece stayed their most memorable moment during the competition in Oradea.