EuroBasket Women 2011
Turning Point: Germany fought hard and only trailed 66-62 midway through the fourth quarter before Spain went on a 6-0 run to take command. Germany cut the deficit to eight (75-67) with one minute remaining but that was as close as they came.
Game Hero: Spain´s Alba Torrens had a game-high 18 points while team-mate Elisa Aguilar contributed with 17.
Stats Don't Lie: Germany were just one of four (25%) from three-point range at the interval and finished six of 15 (40%). Spain out-rebounded Germany 36-34.
Both the young and old came up big for Spain on Saturday in Katowice in their 79-69 EuroBasket Women Group C victory over Germany.
Alba Torrens, 21, razzled and dazzled her way to 18 points and 34-year-old veterans Elisa Aguilar and Amaya Valdemoro poured in 17 and 16, respectively, as Spain beat a very impressive and determined German side that should give plenty of problems to their next two opponents, Poland and Montenegro.
Germany, who had to win the Additional Qualifying Tournament just to reach the EuroBasket and are 42nd in the FIBA World Rankings for Women - 37 below Spain - fought from start to finish.
They truly made the Spanish work for their victory, trimming a deficit of 14 points to just four with 5:27 to go when the excellent Romy Bar scored on a drive to the basket.
Bar would go on to finish with 14 points and six rebounds - both team highs - and also four assists.
Her basket forced Spain coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez to call a timeout to settle his team down.
When play resumed, Torrens, who was unstoppable on her drives to the basket, drew a foul.
Having made her first seven free-throws, she missed the first but made the second and after Bar was off target with a three-ball, Anna Montanana buried a jumper for a 69-62 advantage.
Aguilar was next, making a three-point play 2:14 from the end.
And after a Dorothea Richter jumper, Germany coach Bastian Wernthaler effectively killed the game off when he was slapped with a technical when complaining about a foul on Valdemoro.
Valdemoro went to the line and made three of the four free-throws and Spain ultimately won by 10.
Next up for Spain is Montenegro on Sunday, a team that played in the Victory Cup in Turkey just over a week ago and defeated in a competitive game.
Montanana finished with 13 points and Sancho Lyttle, who missed Spain's preparations while in the WNBA with the Atlanta Dream, added eight.