Spain Sporting Successes Continue!
by Olivia Elson on Monday, October 4, 2010
Last Saturday saw huge progress for women’s basketball in Spain as they won the bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships. Although they were beaten by the USA in the semi-finals, the Spanish team concluded the bronze-medal winning match on a score of 77 – 68, beating their Belarussian opponents by a comfortable margin.
Demonstrating a huge amount of potential for the future of women’s basketball in Spain, the win was particularly exciting for the team, and indeed for the country’s sporting traditions, since it is the first medal that Spain has won in basketball in its history.
Finishing in eighth place at the last competition in 2006, the addition of a few new players proved key to the success of the team – particularly Sancho Lyttle, who is one of the top goal-scorers and was described as the cornerstone of the team in a recent commentary. In the game against Belarus, she gained 22 points, while her team-mate Torrens contributed an impressive 19.
For more information about the tournament, or to watch replays of the matches, visit FIBA.com.