A triple from Slovenia opened the scoring at the Pala Gesteco (3-0). It was a start of streaks in which the rival, led by Eva Lisec, found the first positive trend (5-2). However, it didn’t take long for the Spanish offensive to work and with Conde’s points the score was reversed (7-1).
The first quarter was followed by a lot of turnover on the national bench, few goals on the field and a historic moment, the entrance to the track with which captain Silvia Domínguez reached 200 caps. This was followed by another special action: Lola Pendande’s first points with La Familia. With a basket and two free throws, the youngster from Almería closed the initial period (12-15).
But this first assault would not end without Leo Rodríguez also adding a new personal achievement. The Gran Canaria shooting guard reached their 100 appearances for Spain and celebrated with a triple at the beginning of the second quarter that served to continue maintaining their superiority on the scoreboard (14-20). With the baskets of Araújo and Carrera, the National Team imposed a new maximum (14-24), but it would be Slovenia’s turn, which readjusted with a 9-0.
Just before going into the break, Spain made a last minute of the game to frame. With a strong defense, the team managed to run and score 0-10 on the counterattack. The points came from Conde, Cazorla and Araújo, the latter being in charge of scoring a triple at the buzzer to make it 23-34.
The Galician pivot remained plugged in and she herself was in charge of retaking the score after passing through the changing rooms (23-36). Combined with Conde, the ‘Marías’ led the light to 29-40. Despite the team’s good game, the Slovenian claw and the performance of a Zala Friskovec, prevented the National Team from settling down (34-40). It was a good end to the period with a 4-12 run led by Conde, Leo Rodríguez and Raquel Carrera (38-52).
Slovenia forced a new response by starting the last period with a run of 8-0 (46-52). It was difficult for Spain to decipher the defense in the rival zone, but Conde, Leo and Irati unblocked the situation to return to +10 (48-58). The rival hurried his options by closing the match with an 8-2, but the team kept calm and managed to secure another victory in this Road to the Future (56-60).