Spain Outclass Latvia

09.09.2005

Spain were a number too strong for Latvia in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket Women in Ankara on Friday.

Spain, who are seeking to equal or improve on their bronze medal in 2003, overwhelmed Latvia in a dominant first half performance in which they outscored their opponents 39-21.

The contest saw the competition's leading scorers, Spain's Amaya Valdemoro (23.6 ppg) and Latvia's Anete Jekabsone (19.6 ppg) go head to head.

Spain's strategy was to make life as difficult as possible for Jekabsone and they did a great job, holding her to 9 points on 2/15 shooting.

Valdemoro, on the other hand, showed her class as she scored all 17 of her points during Spain's first half offensive salvo.

Spain jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter, but Latvia rallied to 20-18 on a Jansone lay-up 3 minutes into the second period.

Spain's answer was immediate and devestating.

They outscored Latvia 19-3 in the final 7 minutes of the first half and were in total control by halftime.

There was no respite for Latvia in the third quarter as Spain reeled off a 17-9 run to end any Latvian hopes of making the semi-final.

Spain will now face either Czech Republic or Turkey in Saturday's semi-final.

Latvia's medal hopes are over, but they will still have the chance of finishing 5th, enough to qualify for the World Championships in Brazil next year.


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