It was a day to respond and so did the Spanish women’s basketball team. The casualties of Alba Torrens and Tamara Abalde by coronavirus they made a dent in the team, which debuted against Belarus with a painful defeat, despite being the great favorite. The words of Cristina Ouviña They couldn’t have been clearer after the game, with ice in his hand from a stomp: “It’s nothing, there are things that hurt more.” Pride had been hurt and Sweden had to pay for the broken dishes. The team led by Lucas Mondelo was a whirlwind scorer in the first half of the game, reaching the break with a result of 47-17. All that did not enter against the Belarusians was an easy basket on this second day of the group stage. 76-55 ended the game with a Spain at half gas during the last quarter, reserving energy for next Sunday against Slovakia.
Imposing Astou Ndour. One more day in the office for the pivot. Imposing physical superiority for the Gran Canaria youth squad, showing that there are few women of her height with their speed and mobility at the low post in the tournament. It wasn’t the only good news of the night. Ouviña continued plugged in – both she and Ndour left two aesthetic plugs that delighted Valencia – and Raquel Carreras begins to show what she can contribute to the National Team. Special mention for the hand of Laura Quevedo from three, quite a threat.
Sweden shot with pride in the third and last quarter, increasing the intensity of the match in order to make up the result. Mondelo threw rotation and, inevitably, the national team stepped on the brakes thinking about Sunday’s match against Slovakia, which could lead directly to the quarterfinals of the Eurobasket. The team led by Italian Marco Crespi desperately sought the comeback with possessions of less than seven seconds, looking for the triple at every opportunity. But at no time was the game in danger for Spain. Ouviña dismissed the game with a penetration with a fake pass included, an action of pure class to close the mess.
The match against Belarus was a hard blow for the Spanish team. There were no half measures in the concentration: you could not repeat a scare like that of the opening meeting if you did not want to enter a difficult moment in the face of the group classification. If Spain was one of the great favorites -current champion of the last two Eurobasket- you had to prove it. And the players responded as best they can, with a scoring display to justify that there was only a short circuit against the Belarusians.
Astou Ndour started the match in MVP mode, getting to go to rest with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Figures typical of a player who won the most outstanding individual prize of the Eurobasket 2019. Overwhelming physical superiority on the part of the Chicago Sky center, who combined perfectly with her teammates, winning the back of her defenders at all times. Coupled with a notable success of three by the Spanish (five of seven attempts in the first 20 minutes), and the possibility of running with the ball ahead – precisely what was lacking against Sweden – Spain flew and consolidated as a candidate to win the third consecutive European.
With 47 points, Lucas Mondelo’s team went into halftime, leaving the Swedes at 17. 30 points difference in 20 minutes. To put it in context, Spain debuted against Belarus with a score of 51 points throughout the game. Which of the two brands best measures the real level of the National Team? Valencia will respond in the next few days.
Laia Palau goes down in history
Laia Palau historical She took another step in her career by becoming the player with the highest number of matches played in Women’s Eurobasket. 69 matches added against Belarus, reaching 70 with Sweden. The base, which is currently contesting its tenth edition of the prestigious event, surpassed the legend of women’s basketball Uliana Semjonova (member of the FIBA Hall of Fame)
The pavilion paid tribute to the Spanish just before the game against Sweden, which ended up being a party for the stands. Palau received a commemorative plaque recognition from the president of the Spanish Basketball Federation, Jorge Garbajosa, and the executive director of FIBA, Kamil Novak. Laia’s performance is not only measured in appearances with the absolute, but with her dexterity both in the assists section and in the robberies. As the organization pointed out, these data have been counted since 1995, but in both boxes it is the historical leader. Palau’s smile was that of the entire Selection.