Spain Win Again

11 August 2006

Spain set up a Termosteps U16 European Championship Women semi-final with Lithuania after cruising to a 75-67 victory over Belarus in their last quarter-final Group E game.

It was Spain's fifth straight win and guaranteed them top spot in the group, while condemning Belarus to three quarter-final defeats out of three.

The result was never in doubt, with Spain ahead from start to finish.

The lead stood at 27-8 after the first quarter and 46-29 at half-time.

60-45 down going into the final quarter, Belarus had the better of the last 10 minutes to at least bow out of the quarter-finals with some pride.

It was a real team performance by Spain, with Marta Tudanca netting 14 points, Tania Fonte and Marina Amer scoring 11 apiece, and Gabriela Rodriguez also reaching double figures with 10.

Belarus' Hanna Butsyanava was the game's top scorer with 16 points, adding five rebounds and two assists.

The other semi-final pits Group F winners Czech Republic with Group E runners-up Serbia & Montenegro after both won their last quarter-final games.

Lithuania finished second in Group F.

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