The France U20 women’s team will not have succeeded in taking its revenge against the Czech Republic, this Friday evening, conceding a narrow defeat (65-63).
In Sopron (Hungary), the Bleuettes complicated their task following a difficult first quarter (21-14, 10′), in particular due to seven loss of balls.
But under the impetus of Pauline Astier, omnipresent during the first period (8 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists), the France team managed to come back and even take the lead before the break (32-36, 20′) . The leader of Bourges will have tried everything. Already the best passer in the competition (7.5 average offerings), Astier was close to scoring a triple-double (18 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, plus 3 steals, 3 blocks).
Well started in the third quarter (39-47, 26′), the Bleuettes were disillusioned for twelve minutes. They then conceded a violent series of 22 to 5 (39-47, 30′; 61-56, 38′).
Despite Astier’s winning shot to come back to just two points with 37 seconds remaining (63-61), the Bleuettes will play for the bronze medal against Italy, which lost to Spain (56 -40).
Boxscore U20 Czech Republic / U20 France
Photo: Pauline Astier (FIBA)