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Double Dutch again…..


Double For Dutch, Into Last Four Again
5. Laura Cornelius (Netherlands)
Laura Cornelius was the centreforce behind the Netherlands win, scoring 26 points

12 months after making the semi-finals of the U18 European Championship Women for the very first time, the Netherlands booked consecutive appearances in the last four of the competition with a 68-55 win against Italy.

The Dutch avoided a third straight loss in Vukovar by returning to winning ways in real style and when it truly mattered as playmaker Laura Cornelius took over to sink 26 points in a game-winning performance.

In addition to the headline contribution from Cornelius, the victory was made possible thanks mainly to a sizzling 15 minutes spanning either side of the half-time break as the Italians went into complete meltdown offensively.

They were outscored 21-2 during a nightmare passage of play during the third period – a far cry from the early part of the game.

With the contest tightly locked at 19, the Netherlands began to convert from behind the three-point line and pick up their defence.

They held Italy to just six points in just under fourteen minutes, whilst it rained three-pointers down the other end of the floor.

Klaziena Guijt drilled a triple between two from Cornelius, as the Dutch raced clear at 48-25 whilst the Italian scoring drought intensified.

After what seemed like an eternity, Italy finally re-discovered what it felt like to put the ball through the hoop. Pressing more aggressively on defence, they finished the third period with a rousing 10-0 run to give themselves a lifeline.

But, the Dutch wobble did not last and they safely manoeuvred their way to the final buzzer to celebrate a fine success.

Isabella Slim produced an influential line for the Netherlands with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

Cecilia Zandalasini had 19 points in defeat.


Bron: FIBA Europe

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