|04 August 2011|
An impressive first half performance was enough for Spain to cruise to a comfortable 76-42 win over Slovenia on the opening day of the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women.
The Iberians made their intentions clear right from the tip-off, by scoring 14 unanswered points in the first seven minutes of the encounter
Slovenia then decided they too wanted a say in the game and managed to cut the gap to ten, 18-8, at the first buzzer.
Spain would have none of this though. Following a fantastic second quarter at both ends of the floor, they went to the locker room at halftime leading 43-15.
This difference effectively sealed the fate of the game with 20 minutes left on the clock, despite the fact that pride Slovenia fought hard to the end.
Spain could not constrain their opponents again to such a poor offensive display in either of the two remaining quarters, but never allowed them to reduce the gap or even hope they could do so either.
All the players on the winning side put their name on the scoresheet, with Astou Barro Ndour Gueye leading all scorers with 13, while Inmaculada Zanoguera and Elena De Alfredo contributed 12 points each and Marles Balart dominated the boards with 12 rebounds.
Point guard Nina Gabrovsek was an oasis in the Slovenian offense, with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor.