The Women’s National Team closes the EuroBasket in Valencia with a key match against Russia (3:00 p.m., Teledeporte) in which the fight for a place for the Pre-Mundial. After the defeat to Serbia in extra time in some very demanding quarterfinals, Spain has no choice but to rearm and fight for a new objective as exciting as starting the road to Australia World Cup 2022. The only way to be in the World Cup Next year is getting a win this Saturday.
It will be the last match that the national team plays in The FontetOh, there is no better farewell for what we have experienced these days than to repeat the good atmosphere that has been breathed in each of the matches that the team has played throughout the tournament. The support of the fans will be key to closing the EuroBasket with the best feelings.
Russia has completed a great tournament by winning their first two games against the Czech Republic (73-69) and Croatia (62-73). On the last day of the group stage, they fell to France (85-59) and recovered by giving a coup of authority against Slovenia (93-75) in the round of 16. The quarterfinal match against Belgium took place in a similar way to Spain-Serbia. Equality reigned during the 40 minutes of play and it was a Belgian basket with six seconds remaining that deprived the Russian team of entering the fight for the medals.
Despite the defeat, the one who will be the rival of Spain tomorrow saw as his star player, Maria Vadeeva, set off a great performance. With 30 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, he reached 35 PIR credits. Some numbers that force national pivots to exercise caution. Vadeeva and power forward Nina Glonti build an effective inside game. They are joined by exteriors Raisa Musina, Anastasiia Shilova and Kseniia Levchenko.
After a process of generational change in which Russia has been left out of the fight for the high positions of the tournaments and even, outside relevant championships such as the Tenerife World Cup, this group has exploded finding its best version both in the preparation for this tournament as in the group stage in Strasbourg.
The path of the National Team in this EuroBasket has not been easy at all. The group has had to face various adversities since before the start of the tournament. The defeat to Belarus in the first game was difficult, although the team recovered and was able to play its best game in subsequent games. Based on competing until the end and not stopping believing, Spain reached a quarter with this same philosophy and because of this they arrived at the end of the game with many options to win.
Lucas Mondelo: “Tomorrow is a day to be brave”
The coach of the Spanish National Team declared that the team will take tomorrow’s game against Russia, “as if they were playing for medals.” For Mondelo “the mentality is the same and the difficulty is similar” and that is why this Saturday is “a day to be brave and to be very hard behind”. In these two days of rest, the group has worked to get up emotionally and to make clear the idea that “it only matters to win” and get the place for the Pre-World Cup.
Silvia Domínguez: “It is important to end with good feelings”
The base Silvia Domínguez added that facing the game against Russia “it is important to go for the Pre-World Cup square and finish this EuroBasket with good feelings” since the work that the team has done for more than a month “has been good despite to the conditions that we have encountered “.