Spain Looms As The Biggest Threat To Title Bid Of France

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Host country France dominated their opponents in their first six games in the ongoing EuroBasket Women 2013, but Spain will have a share of the spotlight as they are tipped as the biggest threat to the French side.

Like France, the Spaniards went undefeated in their first six games of the tournament to finish on top of Group E in the second round of the European championship.

Spain proved that their first-round sweep was no fluke as they also went undefeated in the second round of the tournament. Spain opened up the second round with an emphatic 80-44 win over Slovak Republic, which was followed by a huge 66-50 win over Montenegro.

In their final assignment in the second round, Spain went up against a potent Turkey side for the right to finish on top of the group. Spain almost blew an 18-point lead, but they held on to the win, proving that they can withstand tough challenges that will definitely make them tougher in the knockout phase.

Sancho Lyttle had another dominating performance on Monday night, finishing with a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to boot. In their first six games, the 29-year-old veteran center has been a force to reckon with, averaging 16.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.

Spain will look to advance to the semifinals when they collide with Czech Republic in the first day of the semifinals today. The Spaniards will head into the game oozing with confidence and playmaker Silvia Dominguez vowed to play at their best against the Czechs.

Dominguez said: “In one game anything can happen, but we enter with confidence and we just want to play with the same identity and strong defense against the Czech Republic. We want to continue to dream of achieving big goals in this tournament.”

Serbia and Italy will face each other in the other semifinals game scheduled today. Click here for the complete schedule and results of the ongoing EuroBasket Women 2013 in France.

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