The Spanish team reacted in a big way to recover from the stumble in the opening game of the women’s Eurobasket and melted Sweden in an exhibition of collective commitment led by Astou Ndour (22 points and 13 rebounds). With a voracious defense and a dynamic and sharp attack (10 of 19 in triples and 25 assists), Spain first reconnected with its character and then with its intense and passionate game. From the anguish to the party unleashed in La Fonteta. “We needed to feel this good,” Astou Ndour summed up after the match. “We have taken off our nerves and the accumulated tension,” Silvia Domínguez completed. A clean slate that was helped by the other result of the day between the rivals of the hosts in the first phase.
The defeat of Belarus against Slovakia (rival of the Spanish this Sunday) leaves the group completely even, with the four teams with a victory and a defeat and the calculators prepared for the last day. The first classified will go directly to fourth, while second and third will go to the knockout round. In group B, from which Spain’s rivals will come out in the crossroads, Serbia leads with two wins, Italy and Montenegro follow with one and Greece is bottom with two defeats. The basketaverage will have its relevance and Spain accumulated 21 income points against Sweden (76-55).
The selection redoubled its intensity from the beginning to clear the accumulated tension, overwhelm Sweden, and escape the race from the couch. The defensive application and the dynamism in attack allowed the selection to recover in a jiffy the feelings lost against Belarus. With Astou Ndour dominating under the hoops (eight points and five rebounds in the first quarter) and Cristina Ouviña shaking the perimeter, the European champions marked territory against a Sweden overwhelmed by the hosts’ amendment purpose. The contrast was evident in the mental and the numerical. If on the opening day the Spaniards only added 22 points at halftime and 51 in total, after 10 minutes they had already scored 21 and reached the intermission with 47 and more than 60% accuracy in the shot. There was hardly any game. Sweden was fused.
The solid leadership of Silvia Domínguez consolidated the takeoff and the 5 of 8 in triples shot the figures in an outstanding first half of the Mondelo team. Spain cornered its rival and unleashed on full track. The success of María Conde, the vision of the game by Raquel Carrera, the assists of Laia Palau, the struggle of Laura Gil and the rebounds of Astou Ndour unraveled Sweden and sentenced the game in just 20 minutes. The voracious defense of the national team only conceded seven baskets to the Swedes in the first half (47-17, m. 20). By then, Astou Ndour already had 14 points and eight rebounds on his record (22 points, 13 rebounds and a PIR of 32 at the end). The Eldebrink sisters were trapped and unanswered under pressure from the Spanish team, which regained its best version with a show of character.
Belgium straightens the course with 34 assists
In the other match of the day in group A, Slovakia beat Belarus in a balanced pulse until the end (58-54). Jakubcova’s remarkable performance (16 points and six rebounds) cut off Bentley’s momentum and power under the basket from Verameyenka and Papova. In group B, from which the rivals of the group of Spain will come out in the crosses, Serbia became the first classified team after overwhelming Greece (51-85) with Butulija and Crvendakic in front. A 3-23 run in the second quarter sentenced the match. And the Italian team recovered from its defeat in overtime on its debut, precisely against Serbia, with a solvent victory against Montenegro (77-61). On the last day of the first phase, Italy will seek to seal their pass against Greece and Serbia will try to consolidate the lead against Montenegro.
In the Strasbourg groups, Bosnia Herzegovina maintained the strength with which it surprised Belgium on the opening day and reaffirmed itself in the leadership of Group C by defeating Turkey (54-64), while Belgium recovered from the unexpected defeat against the Balkan team in his debut with an undeniable victory against Slovenia (92-57) in which he scored a record of 34 assists, 10 of them from Allemand. France, for their part, once again showed off their strength with a comfortable victory over the Czech Republic (51-71) led by Gruda and Miyem.