Spain, Slovakia Vie For Top Of Group A

08.06.2009

Romana Vynuchalova, when asked if it was fair to call Slovakia a surprise package since they had won two straight games in their first EuroBasket appearance since 2003, answered: "It may have come as a surprise to the outside but not to us.

"Now we are going to give our best and give everything we have as we have done in our last two games. We will go out with the aim of getting a win."

The game should be a treat for spectators as both sides enjoy playing in the open court.
 
"We like to play a fast game just as Spain do so I expect a beautiful game," Vynuchalova said.

Silver medal winners at the EuroBasket Women two years ago in Italy, the Spanish have won twice in Latvia without veteran Amaya Valdemoro who is hobbled by a calf injury.

"I was able to run today in practice but even if I'm able to play, I don't know how I'll be because I won't be in game shape," said Valdemoro.

Spain coach Evaristo Perez is doing a wonderful job of blending youth and experience in his team.
Promising young players who have stood out in Latvia are Anna Cruz, Laura Nicholls and Alba Torrens.
 
Last Time Out: Spain beat Slovakia 71-47 in the Preliminary Round of the 2003 EuroBasket.

Key Match-up: Slovakia's Ivana Jalcova vs Spain's Alba Torrens.  Both teams thrive in an open game and both Jalcova and Torrens should enjoy themselves.
 
X-Factor: Slovakia veteran Martina Gyurcsi finished one rebound shy of a double-double (11pts, 9rbs) against the Czech Republic. If she continues her steady performances, Slovakia will be a very dangerous team to beat.
 
Stats: Spain were an impressive 34 of 61 (56%) from the floor, including five of 12 (42%) from three-point range. Slovakia outrebounded the Czech Republic 40-37.
 
Sounding Off: "We expect a tough game. Slovakia have also won their opening two games and they have good players. We want to finish first of our group and in order to do so, we will try to impose our rhythm and try to stop Slovakia's play" - Spain's Alba Torrens

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