The One-Woman Thrill Show

18 February 2010
By Jeff Taylor

If an All-Star Game is supposed to be 100% entertainment for the fans, then the lucky ones that get tickets for the EuroLeague Women All-Star Game are in for a treat.

Not only will the former star of Lotos Gdynia, UMMC Ekaterinburg's Agnieszka Bibrzycka, be on hand.

Biba, a member of the Europe team, can run-and-gun and has a full array of tricks like the best of them.

One of her teammates will be Alba Torrens, the Halcon Avenida guard who can lay claim to being the most exciting young woman to ever come out of Spain.

Torrens,  quite simply, is to women's basketball what Spain point guard Ricky Rubio is to the men's game.

She is electric, the kind of player that makes one dazzling play after another in a myriad of ways.

Torrens can make long, diagonal passes on fast breaks, dribble into the lane and fly towards the rim to score or stop and pop from behind the arc.

She's very good when the other team has the ball as well, although defense isn't what the fans will be hoping to see when the contest is staged on March 9.

Perhaps the most endearing aspect of this one-woman thrill show is her emotion.

Spanish players never run short of passion on the court, and Torrens is no exception.

Torrens is also humble, which is one reason why she works as hard as any other player in the Avenida team on her game.

"It was a surprise (to be selected in the All-Star Game)," Torrens said.

"To experience an act like this one is something any player enjoys.

"It's a basketball party and to be able to be a part of the team of the best players in Europe and of the world makes me very happy."

The honor is just one that has come Torrens' way of late.

The 20-year-old, who played at the Beijing Olympics and at last summer's EuroBasket Women, was recently voted the 2009 FIBA Europe Young Women's Player of the Year.

"On the one hand, I am very happy to have received recognition because that means that many people have thought me worthy of it," Torrens said.

"But it really means a responsibility and the pressure that I place on myself  to face the next tasks, knowing, of course, that I'm on the right path."

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