| Angela Salvadores came up with another clutch performance for Spain, finishing with a game-high 21 points|
In a match between the tournament's last two undefeated teams, Spain made big shots down the stretch to take a 68-61 win over Russia and secure top spot in Group E of the U16 European Championship Women.
In a hard-fought opening quarter, both teams tried to impose themselves. Angela Salvadores opened the scoring with a three-point play and after Cecilia Muhate's great post move, Salvadores knocked down a three and scored again on a nice drive. Maria Cazorla's pretty pass set up Muhate to put Spain 12-9 ahead at the end of the period.
Spain began the second quarter brightly and Aida Santana hit two three-pointers as their lead increased to 11. But Russia responded with their own 9-0 run to keep things tight before Salvadores made another three-pointer to give her team a lead of four heading into the second half.
Elena Shataeva led the Russian charge in the third quarter with two three-pointers, but Salvadores responded again with a dynamic drive for a three-point play in the final minute of the period to keep her team four ahead.
The Russian team kept up the pressure throughout the final period, but Spain always had an answer. Maria Vadeeva cut the lead to one with 7:33 remaining, but they would not get closer as Cazorla drained two huge three-pointers and Laia Raventos made a crucial three-point play to keep the Russian team at arm's length and set up a quarter-final against France.
Salvadores ended with a game-high 21 points, Cazorla had 13 and Iho Lopez added eight points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
Vadeeva's double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds was tempered by eight turnovers, while Shataeva's 14 points led Russia, whose quarter-final opponents will be the losers of the Hungary-Italy clash which takes place later on Wednesday.