Ruthless Spain Rolls Over Russia

30 July 2012


Leticia Romero (Spain)
Spain's Leticia Romero fought hard for every loose ball and had five steals to go with her game-high 17 points

Spain moved a step closer to the Quarter-Finals of the U18 European Championship Women after routing Russia, 92-66, on the first day of the Second Round in Bucharest.

The Russian team may have had the advantage when it came to height but they had absolutely no answer to the swarming defence and quick hands of the Spanish, which led to the Russians spilling the ball an astonishing 28 times.

Russia really didn't show any kind of shooting touch after a tight first quarter, which Spain just shaded 16-15 and indeed there was no real sign Russia would subsequently implode and go into meltdown.

After the start of the second quarter, Spain began to raise the tempo and after building up a nine-point half-time advantage they really went for the jugular when they returned to the floor.

Showing no mercy, Spain rampaged their way through the third period pouring in a superb 32 points to end any glimmer of hope Russia had of launching a fight back.

Leticia Romero was terrific in the Spanish backcourt, finishing with 17 points and leading the way defensively with five steals.


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