Miguel Méndez’s Spain faces Romania this Sunday (6:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. in the Canary Islands) in Almería the second and last stop of this first qualifying window for the Women’s EuroBasket 2023 that will be played in Slovenia and Israel. A match that can be followed live on Teledeporte and for which there are barely a few tickets left to be sold to hang the sign of no tickets in the Municipal Palace of the Mediterranean Games.
It will be the first match in Almería in the history of the Women’s Championship (not including the 2005 Mediterranean Games). A special appointment that comes after winning this Thursday against Hungary in Szekszard (62-66). Romania, in turn, beat Iceland in Bucharest 65-59 with a very outstanding performance (19 points and 18 rebounds) from Nicolett Orban. The first classified of this Group C will obtain the classification for the next EuroBasket. So will the second, as long as it is one of the four best seconds of the ten existing groups.
Miguel Méndez will once again have the twelve players from Hungary: the bases Maite Cazorla, Silvia Domínguez and Leticia Romero; the escorts Leonor Rodríguez and Queralt Casas; the forwards María Conde, Laura Quevedo and Alba Torrens; power forward Irati Etxarri and Paula Ginzo; and the centers Laura Gil and Raquel Carrera. Georgina Bahí and Ángela Salvadores continue as guest players.
Spain and Romania have met 18 times, the last in Arganda del Rey in a qualifying match for EuroBasket 2013. That was the team’s eighth consecutive victory and the ninth in the last ten matches. Romania prevailed in the first eight, so this Sunday in Almería the tie at 9-9 will be undone in the historic.
Miguel Méndez: “We want to add things to the team”
“The main objective is to win. Having already been able to play a game allows us to analyze where we can improve and add things to the team. There are many players here who are true references and who want to be positive references for the new generations of boys and girls. The referents have to help the fans to grow and they are the protagonists that this can be so ”.
Alba Torrens: “The connection with the fans is very gratifying”
“The game is very important. In Hungary we went out to win and, of course, we are going to win against Romania. Winning would mean being closer to the goal: to be in the EuroBasket 2023. We are happy to be here in Almería. We know that a great atmosphere can be experienced here, as players it is a pleasure and an honor that it will be so. For us, the connection with the fans is one of the most beautiful and rewarding parts ”.