Spain Beats Slovenia For The Final

Spain and Slovenia got off to an even start, as in defense as in offense. Tough defense and struggling to score in the offense. Spain put ahead 5-0 and controlled the early stages until Nika Baric finished warming up and almost alone Tajsa Gortman injured her knee yesterday and will miss the rest of the tournament traded baskets with team Spain. The lead also changed hands –three times- being Spain guided by Marta Claret and Queralt Casas with 6 pts each, while Baric lead Slovenia with 9 but had to left the court with less than two minutes to finish the first because she picked up her third foul. Spain entered the second ahead 16-14 after a basket from Inma Zanoguera, who entered the court with 1:20 remaining.

In the second the trade continued. Baric came back and began Trading again. This time lead changed sides up to 8 times during the quarter. Each time Slovenia got ahead was after a basket from Baric who would end up scoring 13 pts in the quarter.

Inma Zanoguera started a 6-0 run for Spain after 4:40 capped by Elisabet Vivas, making it 30-25, but then a trey from Tina Jacobina and unsportsmanlike foul over a fast break converted by Baric who converted the three point play made it 31-30 for Slovenia with 1:30 for the break but they wouldn’t score in the ensuing possession and Queralt Casas with a layup and Elisabet Vivas with a three with 20 seconds for the break, lead Spain to the locker rooms 35-31 ahead.

After the break Spain came out with a vengeance. Marta Claret played 15 excellent minutes, leading the team when it came out of the lockers with 6 from the first 9 points from Spain, scoring four in a row to put the scoreboard 44-36 for Spain, but Slovenia was still at the rear view mirror despite a hesitating beginning. Miguel Méndez then had to substitute Laura Gil due to foul trouble and put on court Elena Díaz.

This move changed the side of the game.

Barely into court Díaz showed her good shooting from the perimeter with back to back threepointers to make the score 51-36. Baric would answer immediately with a basket but then Elisabet Vivas hit another trey to Elisabet Vivas finish the game with 2:45 remaining. Then Spain controlled the game and the score, they stopped Baric and Damir Grgic, seeing the game was over, put her star to rest with the view on the Bronze medal game, with one minute remaining on the third and she would watch the last ten minutes from there.

Spain entered the fourth 60-41 ahead and left scoreless Slovenia in the first seven minutes of the quarter, while Miguel Méndez moved his bench, the players scored a 10-0 run capped by a trey from María España, 70-41. Ziva Macura would cut the drought for Slovenia making it 70-43 and tha game went on to finish 77-46.

España Elisabet Vivas and Marta Claret scored 14 pts each. Queralt Casas added 12 and 7 boards, Inma Zanoguera piled up 10 pts and Laura Gil grabbed 10 boards and scored 5 pts.

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