Dominguez Leads Spain To Final

21.07.2007

Silvia Dominguez's jaw-dropping night of 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists led undefeated Spain past Turkey 78-66 and into their first final of the U20 European Championship for Women.

The Spanish point guard, who had 14 first-half points,  connected on six of eight from two-point range.

Spanish celebration
Spain celebrated their seventh win in the U20 European Championship.
Spain will face Serbia for the gold medal game on Sunday, in what will be a repeat of this year's U18 European Championship final.

At the U20 level, Spain and Serbia will play for the second time in the competition.

On Thursday, the Spaniards defeated Serbia 79-76.

Dominguez had great support from Patricia Arguello, who added 18 points and was an impressive four of five from long range (80%).

"It has been a very tough game because Turkey is a team that never gives up," said Arguello.

"The key to our triumph has been our defense.

"Now we take on Serbia and although we have already beating them in this tournament, we know we will have to be at our very best to clinch the gold medal."

Turkey led 36-34 at half-time but were hit with an 11 3 run early in the third quarter,  45-39 advantage.

Dominguez's layup gave Spain a 55-44 lead after 27 minutes played but their opponents closed the gap 58-52 with 10 minutes remaining.

Turkey's hopes of a comeback were crashed by inspired duo Arguello and Vita Garcia, who added six points apiece in the last five minutes.

Turkey were outrebounded 40 to 29. 

There was little Turkey could do with Spain shooting 10 of 20 from beyond the arc (50%) while they managed 10 of 27 (37%).

Melike Bakircioglu had a game-high 21 points in defeat.


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