|Spain depend on their top scorer Angela Salvadores to deliver a top performance in order to win against undefeated Russia.|
By Luis Cristovao
Russia present high quality players, both in the backcourt and frontcourt.
Maiga leads the team in rebounds, with an average of 6.7, and is very mobile, while Kuzmina is very effective on second chance points.
Sema, a 1.93 m center, is playing on the forward position most of the time and it will be very hard to find a player to pair with her defensively.
For the frontcourt battle, the Spanish will need Nogaye Lo Sylla to repeat her fantastic Quarter-Final performance.
Spain will also need more help from Helena Orts, who is their best rebounder, but is not as aggressive defensively.
Isatso Conde is still injured and will most probably skip this game, as she will be missed.
Spain head coach Evaristo Perez stated, after the Quarter-Final against Hungary, that his team was "gathering confidence, every day, building an identity."
The Spanish identity is all about defensive attitude.
But Perez considers that it will be "essential to have a new defensive solution to face the Russian team."
In the Quarter-Final, she made only one field goal out of 14 attempts, missing all six three-point attempts.
Spain depends on her on offence and this might be the big question for the Semi-Final: Will Salvadores live up to the leading task?
A thriller is expected in the Generali Arena.