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Austria and Scotland clinch top seeds ahead of Semi-Finals
CHISINAU (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018, Division C) – The Group Phase of the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2018, Division C came to a conclusion with Austria and Scotland preserving their undefeated records and heading into the Semi-Finals with perfect 3-0 records.
After wins against Wales and Gibraltar, Scotland secured the top seed in Group B with a hard-fought 57-53 victory against tournament hosts Moldova, who also moved into the Medal Round after coming out on top in a three-way tie between teams with 1-3 records.
Jannike Marshall was the top scorer in the game with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Rose Harvey added 13 points for the Donald Macdonald-coached Scottish side, who are set to face Georgia on Saturday for a chance to play in the Final.
Tournament hosts progressed to the Semi-Finals despite losing to Scotland
Moldova came into the game already knowing they had a ticket to the next phase, as Gibraltar surprised Wales with a 38-34 upset earlier in the day, Adriana Villada scoring exactly half of the winning team's points.
Having stayed in the hunt for the medals , Moldova have a tough Austrian test ahead of them in the Semi-Finals. In their final contest in Group A, the Austrian side cruised to a 69-26 win against Monaco to ensure a first-place finish with a 3-0 record.
All 12 players got on the board for the winners, with Sophie Baydanov and Sarah Nindl sharing a game-high 9 points each. Hermance Marti was the top-scorer on the other end of the floor with 8 points for Monaco.
Austria have emerged as the team to beat in Moldova
Despite being on the receiving end of a 57-38 defeat against Malta in the other game, Georgia progressed to the Semi-Finals as the second seed, edging out Malta and Monaco in a three-way tie thanks to a 37-point win over the Monegasque players on the first day of the tournament.
Malta finished the Group Phase in third place, just below the qualification line, while Monaco placed fourth in Group A. Both teams will continue the tournament with the Classification Games for 5-8th place, playing Gibraltar and Wales, respectively.