|Lai Palau and Spain further strengthened their credentials for a medal placing with another strong performance on Thursday|
By Paul Nilsen
Turning Point: Quite simply, one did not occur. Spain brought their ‘A-Game' from Vannes and arguably looked even more slick and clinical than in the first round.
Stats Don't Lie: The difference in the teams was measured by the bench scoring which was 35-17 in the favour of Spain and also points in the paint where Spain prevailed 44-22.
Game Hero: In-form Sancho Lyttle had been earmarked before the game as the main threat to th Slovak Republic and so it proved as she poured in 18 points.
Spain continue to strengthen their case for a potential medal placing after maintaining their flawless record by breezing past Slovak Republic 80-44 as they stylishly opened up their account in Lille.
Still looking like a team steadfastly focused on wreaking havoc against anyone they meet, Spain followed up their demolition of Sweden with another powerful performance which should make their rivals sit up and take notice.
Whilst they were expected to beat Slovakia comfortably, they showed no mercy in a rampant first-half when they headed to the locker rooms having doubled the score of their opponents at 44-22.
Too hot to handle inside and with Marta Xargay dropping three-pointers, Slovakia couldn't stem the red tide which rolled relentlessly toward their basket.
Head coach Ivan Vojtko admitted it was his teams' most inept display since landing in France.
He said, "It was our worst game because for the first time, we were bad on defence as well as offence.
"We are very disappointed. It was a bad game."
Certainly at the other end of the floor, the Slovak Republic offence hit a brick wall at regular intervals - although at least Klaudia Lukacovicova did impress again, with eleven points and six rebounds.
The second half was little more than a procession for Spain, who continued their extensive rotation, whilst Slovak Republic tried to make inroads - something they didn't manage.
Spain will face Montenegro in their next game, whilst Slovak Republic go up against Italy.
Slovakia Player Romana Vynuchalova
"They were a better team; there are not many things more to say. We didn't start so bad but we had a very bad shooting percentage, about 25%, and you can't win games at this level with such a percentage. In the second half we were frustrated and we couldn't come back. Now we are focused on Italy, it's the most important game for us."
Spain Player Silvia Dominguez
"We started very good in this game, we were concentrated and the defence was really good... We forced them to make a lot of turnovers with our pressure and, offensively, we found the best options. We continue playing like in the First Round. Another important point is that all players had quality minutes today."
Slovakia Head Coach Ivan Vojtko
"In our previous games we played at least good defence. Today I am disappointed with both, offence and defence. I want to congratulate Spain because they were better on both ends. I can't say anything more."
Spain Head Coach Lucas Mondelo
"Before this game we had three main goals. First of all, to win. Second, if the game allowed it, to try different things and third, to rotate all players as the physical charge is high. We achieved all of this, so I am happy. I am also happy because in the last game we had 12 turnovers, and today we only had eight."