Russia61-64

18-21, 20-16, 12-16, 11-11

Spain

 

Date: 24.09.2003, 19:00hGroup:  BVenue:   Amaliada (GRE) Spectators: 800
Referees:  Nikolaos Papadimitriou (GRE), Lahdo Sharro (SWE)
TEAM LEADERS
Russia Spain
Ilona Korstin (17)PtsAmaya Valdemoro (20)
Maria Stepanova (8)RebAmaya Valdemoro (8)
3 players tied with 2ASLaia Palau (5)
3 players tied with 2STAmaya Valdemoro (3), Laia Palau (3)
Maria Stepanova (1), Irina Osipova (1)BSAmaya Valdemoro (1), Marina Ferragut (1)

GAME REPORT

24.09.2003
Russia 61 Spain 64

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The Spanish team finished the Preliminary Round unbeaten
Spain capped off their Group B campaign in the European Championships with a 64-61 victory over Russia.

Rosi Sanchez buried a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter as the Spaniards broke a 50-50 tie and then at the start of the fourth quarter sank another from behind the arc for a 56-50 advantage.

Russia, who had led in this contest after half-time, never led again. Spain remained unbeaten in this tournament but, and for good reason, chose not to celebrate the triumph over a Russian side that many expect to lift the title.

"It is clear for me that the five wins are worthless if we lose the next match," said Sanchez.

"The crucial thing is to win the next game in the quarter-finals and then we will see."

If there is a team to celebrate at these championships for the fans, though, it is unquestionably Spain.

Not only do they push the ball up the court at every opportunity for a great spectacle, but their star has so far proved to be the most exciting player in Greece.

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Ilona Korstine had 17 points for Russia
Amaya Valdemoro has torn apart every single side she has taken on, and that includes Russia against whom she scored 20 points.

The 1.82metre forward was either making shots on dazzling, penetrating moves into the lane or with an array of jumpshots from either close in or behind the three-point line.

She has averaged almost 21 points a game in the tournament.

Valdemore didn't hide her joy at beating the Russians.

"I am extremely happy because we have played a phenomenal game, and because we have won in my 100th game for the national team," Valdemoro said.

She is realistic, too, like Sanchez. "The good thing about this team is that we play game by game," she said. "We suffer against every team and we have to be very focused in order to stay alive in the competition. We can beat anyone, but we can also struggle against any opponent."

"We shouldn't be euphoric, but focus on the game of the quarter-finals. We have to take it one step at a time and not think of the medals because we could crash out."

COACH QUOTES

24.09.2003
Quotes Russia - Spain

Vladimir Golovine, Assistant Coach Russia:

"We tried everything but Spain was the better team tonight."

"We know what our mistakes were today and will fix them for the next games."

Vicente Rodriguez, Head Coach Spain:

"We played very good defence and did a good job on rebounding - that was the key for our win."

"Right now I can't say if my team is the favourite for the gold medal, from now on all games will be extremely difficult."

Top performers

Russia Spain

Maria Stepanova

 

Amaya Valdemoro

10Pts20
8Reb8
2AS3
2ST3
1BS1

Accumulated statistics

Russia Spain
23/50FG M/A26/57
20/34 (58.8%) FG2P M/A22/46 (47.8%)
3/16 (18.8%) FG3P M/A4/11 (36.4%)
12/18 (66.7%) FT M/A8/15 (53.3%)
30 (8-22) Reb (O-D) 33 (9-24)
9AS13
19TO14
9ST9
2BS2
21PF17
61Pts64
RUSSIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Arteshina, O. 304/1040.03/650.01/425.02/2100.01342010411
5Rakhmatulina, O. 130/30.00/10.00/20.01/250.0000110021
6Firsova, O. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
7Goustilina, D. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000001000
8Baranova, E. 130/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0123121010
9Skopa, I. 150/30.00/10.00/20.00/00.0000000000
10Korstin, I. 318/988.97/7100.01/250.00/20.01341420317
11Stepanova, M. 194/580.04/580.00/00.02/2100.02682421310
12Kalmykova, M. 101/425.01/250.00/20.02/2100.0112000004
13Shchegoleva, T. 100/10.00/00.00/10.01/250.0101000021
14Osipova, I. 285/955.65/955.60/00.01/250.01450521311
15Arkhipova, A. 261/425.00/10.01/333.33/475.0033230036
TOTAL23/ 5046.020/ 3458.83/ 1618.812/1866.782230919922161
SPAIN
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Camps, L. 81/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0000111002
5Sanchez, R. 213/475.01/250.02/2100.00/00.0022212038
6Palau, L. 334/1040.04/944.40/10.05/5100.00445530213
7Segui, P. DNP
8Fernandez, M. DNP
9Valdemoro, A. 368/1747.16/1346.22/450.02/2100.00883231320
10Martinez, N. DNP
11Garcia, B. 220/30.00/10.00/20.00/20.0123100030
12Pons, I. 334/666.74/666.70/00.01/250.0437110029
13Ferragut, M. 163/742.93/560.00/20.00/00.0123000116
14Cebrian, B. 313/837.53/837.50/00.00/40.0336040036
15Pascua, L. DNP
TOTAL26/ 5745.622/ 4647.84/ 1136.48/1553.3924331314921764
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

TOP PERFORMERS

Russia Spain

Maria Stepanova

 

Amaya Valdemoro

10Pts20
8Reb8
2AS3
2ST3
1BS1
19Min36

TEAM STATS

Russia Spain
23/50FG M/A26/57
20/34 (58.8%) FG2P M/A22/46 (47.8%)
3/16 (18.8%) FG3P M/A4/11 (36.4%)
12/18 (66.7%) FT M/A8/15 (53.3%)
30 (8-22) Reb (O-D) 33 (9-24)
9AS13
19TO14
9ST9
2BS2
21PF17
61Pts64