Spain Train Past Netherlands In Semis

12 August 2011
U18 Women

Spain are bringing down opponents like bowling pins and they stroke against the Netherlands, 88-50, to advance to the Semi-Finals of the Global Vision U18 European Championship Women, in Oradea, Romania.

The Iberians were literally unstoppable and after two almost identical quarters, they were leading 44-23 at halftime, with 22 of those points coming from inside the paint.

Astou Ndour dominated the battle under the basket, and scored four points in a 7-0 run that opened the game.

The Dutch tried to hit back, behind a three-pointer by Jamailah Adams and two free throws by Kourtney Treffers, but their individual oriented offense was not a big threat for the aggressive Spain defense.

Andrea Vilaró took care of the opponents' best scorer, Loyce Betonvil, and the Dutch player went scoreless for the first 16 minutes of the game, finishing with six at halftime.

Vilaro was all over the court and she used her penetration skills to open scoring opportunities for her team-mates. She already had four assists after twenty minutes.

Sara Rodriguez scored three consecutive baskets to push the lead to 18-7 in the first quarter.

She was unstoppable also in the start of the second when she added five more points in a row including a three-point play to give Spain their biggest lead till that point, 27-11.

A steal and an easy lay-up on a fast break by Inmaculada Zanoguera made it 55-27 for Spain.

She than added another tough jump-shot from the corner to extend the lead to 21 points, 58-27.

Spain had so many offensive threats that the Dutch defense was overwhelmed.

In the third quarter it was Itziae Llobet who stole the show, scoring eight points, while helped by centers Ndour and Leyre Carrascosa, who combined for 10 points in this period.

Spain entered the final ten minutes with a staggering 32-point advantage on the scoreboard, 70-38.

The Netherlands balanced the battle somehow in the last quarter, with the Spanish coach Miguel Martinez Mendez giving minutes to all his players from the bench.

Spain finished with 21 assists, to only three of their opponents, underlining their superb team effort.

They had five players in double digits with Rodriguez and Ndour leading the way. They finished with 13 points each, De Alfredo had 12, while Vilaro and Balart finished with 10 apiece.

Vilaro also added three rebounds and five assists to her excellent all-arround performance.

Loyce Bettonvil scored 12 points while Maxime Essenstam had all of her 11 points after the break for the Netherlands.

Gabrielle Van Den Bosch added six of her nine points in the final quarter and contributed also with three rebounds and three assists.


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