Spain Ride Torrens Performance To See Off Serbia

15.07.2009

Spain rode Alba Torrens to an 88-74 win over a tough Serbia to go into the Quarter-Finals of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia, Poland, with a perfect 5-0 record.

Serbia came out aggressive and had Spain reeling, even though they could not count on their star Sonja Petrovic who was out with a calf injury.

After ten-minutes of stifling defense and with point guard Ana Dabovic getting into the lane to feed her post players, Serbia were up 21-10. 

That's when Torrens took over and Spain outscored their opponents 58-30 through the end of the third quarter.  

"In the second quarter, I think above all we improved our defense.  In the first quarter we made some mistakes," said Torrens. 

"And secondly, we just started hitting our shots."

Torrens would end the contest with 36 points (two short of the tournament high) on 9-for-14 from two-points range and 5-for-7 from behind the arc.

"It was an important game," said Torrens, who also had five assists and five steals.

"We were playing for first of the group and to determine our Quarter-Final match-up. 

"I think we all played a good game and worked hard, today I was on more than others, but it is a win of the team."

Tamara Abalde seconded Torrens with 22 points and eight boards.

Ana Dabovic had a team-high 25 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds for Serbia.

Torrens had many spectacular plays, but without doubt the best came in the second quarter with Serbia still close on their heels.

The small forward took the ball at half-court, cruised through defenders- one even grabbing at her jersey trying in vain to stop her- cut into the lane, wrapped the ball around her back and then floated it over the rim. 

It was a shot worthy of any highlight reel. 


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