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Sizzling Spain Saunter Past Slovakia

20 June 2013
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
9. Laia Palau (Spain)
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.

 

 

 

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