Spain Struggle But Stay Unbeaten


Spain were less than dominating but found a way to beat Lithuania 66-54 and remain perfect at the U20 European Championship for Women.

Anna Carbo tallied 21 points and fellow back-court mate Gaby Ocete added 12 points and seven steals as Spain moved to 3-0 and stayed even with Russia atop Group F in Sulmona.

Aauri Bokesa chipped in 10 points for the Spaniards, who struggled with Lithuania's size advantage in losing the rebound battle 49-31.

The Lithuanians fell to 0-3 in Group F despite 19 points from Saule Kontautaite and 16 points and 10 rebounds from Gintare Petronyte. Sarune Jasiunskaite added seven points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort.

Lithuania jumped ahead 6-0 only to see Spain score the next 10 points en route to a 16-13 lead after one period. A Bokesa basket made it 20-13 early in the second and Spain would continue their push and increase the lead to 31-22 on another Bokesa score.

Rasa Kreivyte's Lithuanians pulled off a 6-0 run to close the half down just 31-28 and Petronyte made back-to-back baskets as the Baltic nation grabbed the lead 34-31. The Lithuanian captain would then increase the advantage to 41-33 in the later stages of the first half. Spain would come back but still trail 46-40 at the break.

Jordi Fernandez's Iberians opened the second half on a 10-0 run, completed by Garbo's three-pointer for a 50-46 advantage. Lithuania, who had been struggling from three-point range the whole tournament, saw Kontautaite knock down two long balls in trailing just 54-52 with five minutes to play.

After two baskets by Carbo, Jasiunskaite's jumper made it 58-54. But Carbo and Ocete drained back-to-back three-pointers and the advantage was back to double digits and the game was over.


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