Russia Dominates Czech Republic 85-53 to Reach EuroBasket Women Finals

After struggling to maximize their potential in the first two rounds of the tournament, Russia silenced their critics once again after scoring a dominating 85-53 over Czech Republic in the semifinals of the EuroBasket Women 2011 in Poland.

In a match that was expected to be a close and thrilling collision between two powerhouse teams, Russia jumped on the gun early and built a 14-5 lead halfway through the opening period, although Czech Republic managed to trim the lead down to four at the end of the first quarter.

However, Russia imposed their will once again and outscored their rivals, 17-8, in the second period to take a 13-point lead heading into the half-time break.

The break didn’t cool the hot Russian team down and led by as much as 20 points in the third period, which obviously demoralized their opponents. They never looked back and even burry Czech Republic deeper to take the win and earn the first ticket to the finals of this year’s European championship.

Elena Danilochkina played big time as she finished with 18 points on an impressive 6-for-7 from the field, Liudmila Sapova had her best game of the tournament, scoring 16 points for Russia, who have now a clear shot on reclaiming the title they once held.

Ilona Korstin and Maria Stepanova, who is playing in her eighth EuroBasket stint, finished with 11 points apiece, with latter adding eight rebounds and three steals.

With the win, Russia arranged a finals showdown against either France or Turkey on Sunday in Lodz, Poland.

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