Great victory of the Women’s National Team in Tokyo 2020 against Serbia (85-70). A victory with the flavor of revenge after the elimination in the quarterfinals of the EuroBasket of Valencia 2021 and that brings Spain closer to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games. Those of Lucas Mondelo, who completed his 150th match as Coach, arrive with a 2-0 and a +19 to the last game of the group stage, at 3:00 in the morning from Saturday 31st to Sunday 1st August.
With the inclusion of Silvia Domínguez in the quintet by Laia Palau regarding the debut against Korea, Spain and Serbia completed a first quarter of the highest level (19-20). Alba Torrens placeholder image He soon forgot the mistake of the previous meeting and regained his confidence to finish with an outstanding performance (25 goals). Well supported by Astou Ndour, again dominating in the paint with a 20 + 9. For their part, the reigning European champions began charging their game near the basket with Krajisnik and Jelena Brooks as props.
Yvonne Anderson gave Serbia a boost in the second period, who with a 21-31 took the lead on the scoreboard. 21-31 Anderson. Critical moment in which they appeared Cristina Ouviña (who touched the triple-double with a 10 + 8 + 8) and Silvia Domínguez and Alba again to give temperance and cut differences (27-31). Brooks continued to be a threat, but Ndour’s work under the basket left a 41-44 wide open at the break.
The passage through the locker room did not sit well with a Spain disconnected in attack. Serbia continued to show remarkable external success and threatened to break up the match. Critical moment with 43-52 on the scoreboard. Moment when Maite Cazorla emerged to unblock the offensive of a Spain that, suddenly, regained joy in the game. The Canarian guard finished the match with five magical triples (four in a third period) that allow her to equal the top of three-point shots scored by a Spanish woman in the Games (the five by Amaya Valdemoro against Mali in Beijing 2008).
Cazorla’s wisdom and impudence completely changed the dynamics of the match. Ouviña led the attack and a tray from Carrera and a new triple from Maite gave Spain back the initiative on the scoreboard.
Serbia did not lower their arms, but Alba Torrens continued to add in attack for a team launched in which Astou Ndour was in charge of ending the last attempt at Balkan reaction. A restorative and prestigious victory that reminds us that we must always trust the team led by Lucas Mondelo.