04 - 13
August 2017
5 Dayna Finn (IRL)
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Ireland enjoying home cooking, Slovak Republic's 10-0 run sees off Ukraine

DUBLIN (FIBA U18 Women's European Championship 2017, Division B) - Eight unbeaten teams are continuing their march towards the Quarter-Finals, and the two top teams of Group B have already built a two-game lead.

Belarus stormed to a 118-35 win over Albania in a game that saw two of their players flirt with a triple-double. Katsiaryna Karpuk collected 20 points, 13 rebounds and 8 steals, and Aryna Masko had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 17 minutes. Germany had no trouble against Austria, winning by 73-35 on Nyara Sabally's 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Germany and Belarus are at 3-0 at the top of the group, Austria, Iceland and Albania are 1-2, and Denmark have withdrawn from the competition, leaving all of their games finishing at 0-20.

In Group A, Portugal needed a 29-11 third quarter against Bulgaria to overturn a 12-point deficit into a 73-64 victory. Mariana Silva went all-round to gather 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, Gergana Ivanova's game-high 23 points going to waste for Bulgaria.

Poland built a 33-17 lead at the half and never looked back, handing Luxembourg a 60-45 defeat. Karolina Szydlowska had 16 points for the 3-0 Polish side, Julija Vujakovic finished with 18 for 0-3 Luxembourg. Also in Group A, Finland defeated Estonia 89-52 to climb to 2-1.

Romania and Israel enjoy the view from the top of Group C. Norway could not find their way around Nicolett Orban, the author of 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 steals in Romania's 65-34 win. Israel were on cruise control against Georgia, winning 77-39 behind Nikol Mihailetz's five three-pointers and 17 points. The Netherlands kept Switzerland winless, hitting them with an 81-41 triumph to go 2-1 in Group C. Evelien Lutje Schipholt had 26 points and 12 rebounds.

Great Britain and Ireland are still in control of Group D. Ireland defeated Moldova 116-25, while Great Britain were 81-46 better than MKD. Ukraine and Slovak Republic played the closest game of the day, and Ukraine saw their five-point fourth quarter lead evaporate in a 10-0 Slovak Republic run.

It finished 64-57, Martina Machalova had team-highs of 15 points and 8 rebounds. Slovak Republic climb to 2-1, and after a rest day on Monday, they will face MKD on Tuesday. Game of the group will be the one between Great Britain and Ireland.