The Women’s National Team started the path to the 2023 Women’s EuroBasket in Israel and Slovenia with a commendable victory in Hungary (62-66). A match that marked the debut of Miguel Méndez on the Spanish bench. Spain showed character and temperance to prevail against the powerful local inside game and the hot crowd that filled the Szekszard Varosi Sportcsarnok. Romania will be the next and last opponent in this Qualification Window. A match that will be played at 6:00 p.m. in Almería this Sunday the 14th and that will be broadcast live on Teledeporte.
It was difficult to overcome the atmosphere and the magyar intensity in the opening bars. Turning their game into the giant Bernadett Hatar (208 centimeters), Hungary took the lead on the scoreboard. An initiative that lasted a few minutes, just Alba Torrens assumed responsibility with nine consecutive points (9-12). The meeting entered a phase of exchanges and losses in both directions that left a 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second act Méndez continued rotating the bench. The Spanish began to connect more in attack with an outstanding María Conde. Visiting penetrations hurt, forcing Hungarian coach Norbert Szekely to resort to a zone defense to cut the pace. The match was equalized again (22-22), but a few minutes of inspiration from Torrens and Conde drove again (24-33) to a Selection that came sending the break (28-33).
The passage through the locker room was good for the national team. A triple by Conde and four consecutive points by Raquel Carrera placed a +12 (30-42) that forced the match to stop two and a half minutes after the restart. Hungary returned to resort to the area. It was difficult for Spain to see the hoop and Hungary, turning their game on Goree and Hatar, was reducing the difference to 40-43. Mendez changed course by introducing four little girls and one interior. It was precisely Laura Gil, constantly adding in attack and emptying herself with a tireless defense over Hataar, who gave air with a triple that tempered the spirits.
Then, Leo Rodríguez joined the cause to boost the team again (46-53). Already in the final round, the exchange of baskets was, little by little, benefiting a Hungary that approached three goals (57-60). Critical moment in which the omnipresent María Conde and Alba (57-64) reappeared with a couple of counterattacks. An income that the National Team knew how to manage in the final moments to leave Hungary with a hard-working win (61-65).
HUNGARY (15 + 13 + 18 + 16):
SPAIN (14 + 19 + 20 + 13): Domínguez (0), Torrens (19), Conde (16), Gil (11), Carrera (4) – starting quintet-, Cazorla (), Casas (), Rodríguez ( ), Etxarri (), Ginzo (), Romero (-) and Quevedo (-).