The Women’s National Team has fallen to Russia (74-78) in a game that was not decided until the last moments and in which the lack of success in the face of the basket marked the fate of a Spain who left everything on the parquet of La Fonteta in search of the goal of reaching a place for the Pre-World Cup.

It was difficult to score in a first quarter a few points in which Astou Ndour he threw the team on his back both in attack and defense. With a good marking on Maria Vadeeva, Ndour managed to annul the reference player from Russia and with eight points almost in a row, she led the offense in the first stages of the match (13-12). It was the departure of Leo Rodríguez and Maite Cazorla what gave a breath of fresh air to the attack of the Selection (17-12).

The good trend continued at the beginning of a second quarter in which Spain came away nine points ahead (21-12). From there, the clash entered a tug of war in which the national team managed to stop the arreones of a Russia led by Raisa Musina.

After 21-17, a large Rachel Carrera to put 31-21, but with a 2-9 the rival adjusted to bring the game to 33-30 at halftime. The exit from Spain was good with a successful Carrera and Cazorla (37-30) although Russia did not take long to get closer to tie the match at 39 after seven minutes of the third round.

From this moment until the end of the game, equality took over the game and it was bad fortune in the face of the basket that would prevent Spain from taking advantage of the small advantages it was obtaining. With a minute and a half to go, Russia surprised with a 0-7 run that led Spain away from the much-desired victory.

Despite the fact that the comeback seemed unlikely with 64-71 and 40 seconds to go, Spain fought until the last gasp of the game. A 2 + 1 by Cazorla and a triple by Rodríguez gave reason to believe (70-73), but the Russians were able to hold the points cushion by not missing their way through the free throw line (74-78).

It is not the desired farewell for this EuroBasket in which the team has had to face more adversities than expected. The tension of the week before the tournament with the casualties of Alba Torrens and Tamara Abalde, the stumble against Belarus and the hard defeat against Serbia have marked the steps of a team that was always close to victory and that has been left out due to small details.