Spain's Hardwork To Advance To Semifinals

SPAIN 61 – ITALY 42

Italy came off with a strong start with a 12-1 run, leaving Spain in just one point in the first six minutes propelled by its tough defense. Laura Macchi guided Italy’s sport with 7 pts – she scored 12 of her team’s 17 in the first quarter. Alba Torrens finally scored for Spain in the sixth minute and from then on Spain scratched the difference to finally end the first trailing 17-12.

In the second Spain began recovering the game it had played so far in the championship. They stopped Italy and made a 10-3 run in the first 4 minutes to go 22-20 ahead, leading to Giampieron Ticchi’s timeout after 4:15, after with Spain stretched its lead making it 27-22 after back to back baskets from Spain – Cindy Lima and Anna Montañana- but Italy landed the blows and after back to back baskets from Marte Alexander and a three pointer from Laura Macchi they’d put briefly in front, 28-27, with 10 seconds for the break but Anna Montañana sent Spain ahead 29-27 to the locker room and never looked back.

The second half wasn’t easy despite a strong start of quarter with a 9-0 run – 2+1 from Cindy Lima and back to back three pointers from Laia Palau and Alba Torrens- to stretch the lead to 37-28 after 2:10. Spain would control from then the game however it was paused. Anna Cruz entered the court and gave Spain some spark reaching the biggest lead so far after a three pointer from the Catalania guard with 1:29 remaining. Italy scored four straight points then –two freebies from Mariangela Cirone and a basket from Ress to send the game to the fourth 46-36 for Spain.

The game wasn’t nice in the last quarter. Defenses stuck the game overshadowing the offense, However, despite the lack of accuracy Spain managed to keep their noses in front and eventually increased their lead to 15 pts, 55-40, after a three pointer from Elisa Aguilar with 4:20 remaining. Laura Macchi scored then her only basket of the second half to make it 55-42 with 3:50 remaining but then came the worst frame of the game in which none of the teams scored in the next three minutes. However the game started with a final 6-0 run from Spain started by Amaya Valdemoro with a fast break lay-up, continued by a three point play from Laura Nicholls and capped with a freebie from Silvia Domínguez to close the score 61-42.

Spain scored a 32% in field goals for a 26% from Italy.

Only Amaya Valdemoro scored double digits for Spain, 10 pts.

For Italy it was Laura Macchi with 18 pts.

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