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Group:  C | 20.06.2011, 18:00h
Group:  C | 20.06.2011, 18:00h
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20 - 2011 - 1719 - 1313 - 28
20 - 2011 - 1719 - 1313 - 28
Venue: Katowice (POL) |
Spectators: 4300 |
Referees: Engin Kennerman (TUR), Elena Chernova (RUS), Milan Brziak (SVK)

GAME REPORT


Spain Reign Against Poland

Turning Point: Poland cut the deficit 62-58 with less than six minutes remaining but Spain scored seven unanswered points to take command, 69-58.

Game Hero: Spain´s Laia Palau came up with five of her team´s 11 steals. She contributed with 12 points and dished out four assists.

Stats Don´t Lie: Poland center Ewelina Kobryn finished with a game-high 20 points but Spain held scoreless in the final quarter. Thirty six of Spain's points came from their bench players. Poland turned the ball over 23 times while Spain had just eight turnovers.



Poland fought hard but Spain prevailed in the battle for second place of EuroBasket Women Group C on Monday night.

The Poles, fresh off their triumph over Germany, got 20 points and 13 rebounds from center Ewelina Kobryn but the Sancho Lyttle of old showed up for Spain and led her team with 18 points in a 78-63 victory.

Lyttle had not played well in her first two games after missing all of Spain's preparations while on WNBA duty with the Atlanta Dream but she looked every bit the player who was voted to the All-Star Five at the FIBA World Championship for Women last year in the Czech Republic.

The final score didn't do justice to Poland, who like Spain had already clinched a spot in Round 2 after the first two games.

They were level at 50-50 with just one quarter remaining.

Spanish youngster Marta Xargay buried a three-pointer to start the last period and after Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk replied with a basket down low for the Poles, Alba Torrens hit the hosts hard twice.

She scored on a drive and then following a steal by Lucila Pascua, Torrens sprinted ahead of the pack, caught a pass by Pascua and made a lay-up.

Pascua then stretched the advantage to 59-52 with two free-throws.

Though Justyna Zurowska gave Poland hope with a three-ball, Elisa Aguilar went to the other end for Spain and shot a shot from the arc.

After a Poland timeout, Paulina Pawlak hit a three to again reduce the arrears to four but they couldn't stop Spain.

Lyttle hit a jumper on the fastbreak to spark a 7-0 run that gave the Spaniards a 69-58 advantage with 4:21 to go.

Poland never threatened again.

Dariusz Maciejewski's team played some of their best basketball of the tournament but their 23 turnovers were costly, leading to 17 points for Spain.

Jose Ignacio Hernandez had to rest his veteran Amaya Valdemoro for a second consecutive game due to a calf injury and Cindy Lima's ailing back also kept her out.

But Pascua was excellent and had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in less than 18 minutes.

Torrens continued her outstanding play with 17 points and Elisa Aguilar had 11.

Laia Palau also made her presence felt in the Spodek Arena by hitting a beyond half-court three-pointer not just once, but twice!

She did it the first time at the end of the first quarter that helped swing the momentum to Spain, and then again before the fourth-quarter buzzer.

Palau finished with 12 points and most importantly a game-high five steals.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Poland vs. Spain

Spain Head Coach José Ignacio Hernandez:
"I am very satisfied with the work done by my team on defense. This is what I wanted from my players. It was important for us to recover from yesterday´s defeat and win this game. It was not easy against a strong Poland. Lucila Pascua did a great job guarding Ewelina Kobryn."

Spain Center Lucila Pascua:
"It has been a hard game but we did a great job on defense. We struggled on offense but we played with patience and tried to find the best options to score. After yesterday´s defeat to Montenegro, we all took a decision to turn the page and not to dwell too much on that loss.
"I think the team is getting better and this is a good sign."

Poland Guard Paulina Pawlak:
"We had a good run in the third quarter but after that we got confused with the zone defense. We missed open shots. We could have won this game so we are disappointed. I think with respect to our first game, we are getting better. We know the Second Round is going to be tough but we will do our best."

Poland Head Coach Dariusz Maciejewski:
"It was a very hard game for us. We played 34 good minutes but the great pressure from the Spanish outside players really put us in trouble. Congratulations to Spain. They take an important win from this round and I´m sure they will play for the medals. We have to win every game from now on."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.9%

25/57
FG
M/A

40.0%

26/65

50.0%

18/36
FG2P
M/A

42.2%

19/45

33.3%

7/21
FG3P
M/A

35.0%

7/20

54.5%

6/11
FT
M/A

67.9%

19/28

39

8/31
RT
RO/RD

35

11/24

14

AS

16

23

TO

8

5

ST

11

3

BS

0

22

PF

18

63

Pts

78

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