Game of the Day: France vs Spain

22.06.2011

EuroBasket Women 2011

13. Amaya Valdemoro (Spain)
EuroBasket Women 2007 MVP Amaya Valdemoro missed Round 1 through injury and is hoping to make her debut against France, four days into the tournament

Group F - Wednesday at 20:30

Two European giants square off on Wednesday when France meet Spain in Katowice.

The Round 2 clash is between two sides that have struggled to impress so far at the EuroBasket Women.

France, the defending champions, suffered their first defeat in the Final Round since 2007 when they lost to Latvia in overtime on Sunday night.

Earlier in the day, Spain had been flattened by a Montenegro national team making a first-ever appearance at a EuroBasket Women.

Spain have reached the podium at every EuroBasket Women since 2001 and are hoping to have Amaya Valdemoro play for the first time since Saturday's victory over Germany.

The EuroBasket Women 2007 MVP aggravated a calf injury in that contest and had to miss the games that followed against Montenegro and Poland.


Head to Head: Spain beat France in the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA World Championship for Women last year in the Czech Republic. The game went to overtime and finished 74-71 in favor of Jose Ignacio Hernandez's team.

Last Time Out: Spain were knotted at 50-50 with Poland at the end of the third quarter but won, 78-63. France bounced back from their setback to Latvia and overcame Greece, 64-55.

Key Match-Up: France's Sandrine Gruda is the team's best player and she will go up against Spain's Sancho Lyttle, who put two sub-par performances behind her and had 18 points in the victory over the Poles.

Key Stat: Halcon Avenida's EuroLeague Women MVP Alba Torrens has made 20 of 22 free-throws at the EuroBasket Women for Spain.

X-Factor: Lucila Pascua should have an important role against a big French frontline as Spain attempt to combat one of the best rebounding teams on the continent. After playing just five minutes against Germany and then not getting off the bench against Montenegro, Pascua was immense against Poland with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes.

Sounding Off: "I think the last two games have been good for us. There was a lot of pressure on us as the favorites and now we have been reminded that every game can be difficult. Two years ago, no one thought we were so dangerous and it was easier but this year, everyone was looking at us as one of the best teams" - France Head Coach Pierre Vincent


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