|23 August 2013|
|Nogaye Lo celebrated her birthday in style, scoring 15 points in Spain's victory|
Spain took the last semi-final spot at the U18 European Championship Women in Vukovar with a dazzling defensive performance propelling them to a 72-32 one-sided success against a shell-shocked Sweden.
Imperious defensively and as slick as they needed to be on offence, Spain rarely missed a beat as they continued their march towards the podium with a typically emphatic display.
Their seventh win in succession was a breeze against a Swedish team who tried valiantly to stop the rot, but could not break down the near brick wall standing in their way.
Spain hit the ground running and were always in the ascendency from the opening moments, powering their way into a 16-4 first quarter advantage and then shifting up through the gears as the game progressed.
Already down 39-12 when sat in the locker rooms at half-time, it was to get even more tough for the Swedish players when they returned for the third quarter.
Spain were relentless and indeed brutal in their approach, outscoring the Swedes 21-1 in a monumental 10 minutes of simply outstanding basketball.
Sweden were 0-of-11 from three-point range at that juncture, something which hardly helped their cause. However, the game had already long been lost - although to their credit, Sweden did finish with a vastly improved final stanza.
Birthday girl Nogaye Lo, along with Marina Lizarazu shared 25 points for Spain, whilst Gabriella Hanson had six rebounds, two assists and two steals for Sweden.