U16 Women's Round of 16 Games: Wednesday 10 August
UDINE (FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2016) - Here are Wednesday's Round of 16 games to look forward to at the FIBA U16 Women's European Championship 2016 in Udine.
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Without a win to their name after the group phase, Turkey could barely have a better time to rack up a first victory. It would not only save their Division A status for another year, but also pour cold water on an unbeaten Germany team who are on fire and being tipped to challenge for a medal.
Both were promoted from Division B last summer and one of them will have to contemplate a possible return, while the winner of this clash can bask in the glory of a Quarter-Final spot. The task for Sweden is somehow shutting the down phenomenal talent of Kseniya Malashka who produced the performance of the tournament so far against Latvia.
It may seem strange that one of these powerhouses will be fighting for their Division A lives during the last three days of this tournament and yet that is the reality facing both nations. The stakes are high and while Spain have won two games, Russia got rolling on the last day of the group phase and might be able to use that momentum to cause what would be something of a surprise.
The defending champions are unbeaten and look intent on defending their crown and won't need the extra motivation of a derby match-up in the Round of 16. Slovak Republic look destined for a relegation dogfight after not breaking the 30-point barrier twice in their first three games.
Hungary may only have won once so far, but will feel that Lithuania might be vulnerable after they went down for the first time after losing against Italy. Hungary must shut down the talented Lithuanian guard Dalia Donskichyte who always looks like a potential difference-maker in any game that she plays.
Latvia will have to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Belarus, although despite the setback they will feel confident they can reach the last eight against a Croatia team who only just scraped past Sweden. If they do it, then Latvia will have qualified for the Quarter-Finals at U20, U18 and U16 level this summer.
The host nation will be overwhelming favourites to advance to the last eight of the competiton with both Sara Madera and 14-year-old Ilaria Panzera in red hot form. But the tension will be palpable if Portugal get off to a good start as they look to cause a big shock and save their Division A status with a surprise victory and what would be a timely first success in Udine.
It's another duel between a team yet to taste defeat in France, against an opponent who doesn't yet know what it feels like to celebrate victory in Udine. Serbia have some injury problems but do have the size to potentially cause the favourites a headache - including the impressive Jelena Mitrovic.