Russia Leaves Spain Out Of The Final

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SPAIN 61 – RUSSIA 77

Russia started 7-2 after two minutes but Spain began trading. Defense was tough and both teams struggled to score. Russia was lead by Maria Stepanova with 8 pts. Spain slowly closed the gap and finished the first trailing 15-13.

In the second quarter, the defense tougher even more – the run in the quarter was 11-11- After the tie at 19 scored after 2:40 by Laura Nicholls teams won’t score until minute 4:15, when Amaya Valdemoro scored five straight points to put Spain ahead 24-19 with 5:20 for the break but immediately Russia stroke back with a 7-0 run –with Maria Stepanova scoring the last 4 pts to sum up 13 in the first half- in that frame to reach the interval with Russia ahead 36-24.

In the third Russia took control starting from its defense and lead by Svetlana Ambrosimova -8 pts- and Becky Hammon -5 pts- in the offense, where Spain struggled to score despite having open shots. Amaya Valdemoro made it 36-38 with 4:50 remaining but then Becky Hammon scored five straight points –a trey and a lay up- to put Russia up 43-36 with 4 minutes remaining. Spain fought to comeback in the game but their defense didn’t stop the Russians and they didn’t score easily either and the Russians had no problem to keep in front, entering the fourth 48-42 ahead.

Becky Hammon decided she’d finish the game. She scored 7 pts in a 9-0 run after two minutes and a half in the quarter to put Russia ahead 58-42 and close the game. Spain traded baskets from then put they couldn’t make a run to upset the russians who controlled the game with an stellar Becky Hammon scoring 15 pts in the quarter. Alba Torrens and Amaya Valdemoro scored four straight points and made it 62-52, but Hammon appeared again and scored six straight points –a trey and a 2+1 play- to make it 68-52 with 4:20 remaining and ice definitely the game. Spain fought until the very last second but they couldn’t overcome their lack of accuracy in the offense and finally lost 77-61, with Russia having a biggest lead of 19 pts.

Becky Hammon scored 28 pts, Maria Stepanova had 19 pts and 16 boards and Svetalana Ambrosimova 14 pts.

For Spain Alba Torrens scored 17 pts., Amaya Valdemoro added 13 pts, and Anna Montañana had 10 pts.

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