Spain Crowned EuroBasket Women 2013 Champions

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Spain overcame the tall odds against them to pull off a dramatic 70-69 win over the host France in the finals of the EuroBasket Women 2013 in Orchies.
The two teams went toe-to-toe for the entire match, but the Spain got a huge breathing room as Sancho Lyttle knocked down a baseline jumper to give Spain a 70-67 lead with nine seconds left to play.
France, who went into the game as a heavy favorite mainly because of home-court advantage, had a chance to tie the game. However, Edwidge Lawson-Wade missed the potential game-tying three-pointer. Sandrine Gruda got the offensive board, but her two-point conversion was not enough to avoid the monumental defeat.
“We are the European Champions, having come here through qualifications, with young players, playing against the hosts, playing against the best roster, silver medalists at the Olympic Games. To win against the best roster, we had to be the best, and we were,” Spain coach Lucas Mondelo said.
Sancho Lyttle was simply too much for France on Sunday night as she finished with another double-double performance, racking up 20 points and 11 rebounds. Alba Torrens also had a bright share of the spotlight with 21 points and four assists, while Marta Xargay chipped in eight points.
“When I came here, everybody was talking about finishing among the first five teams, and I come from America, I wanted to win the gold. This final was a tough game, both teams fought a lot and at the end we won only by one,” Lyttle said after the game.
Sandrine Gruda, on the other hand, had a huge night for France with 25 points on 11-for-16 shooting, while Celine Dumerc had 11 points, but they did not get ample support from their teammates.
“What can I say? Playing the final, against Spain, and losing it by one, we are going to have nightmares tonight. I hope, at least, it was a good game of basketball,” Dumerc said after the game.
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