Spain Rout Bulgaria To Stay Top



15. Anna Cruz (Spain)
Anna Cruz scored 16 points for Spain, who remain on top of Group D.

Spain started and finished strong to see off Bulgaria 79-51 on the road and move to 4-1 in Group D of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round.

Spain outscored their hosts 50-22 in the first and last quarters - their entire margin of victory - including a 13-0 run in the last 4:17 minutes of the game to wrap up the win in Pravetz.

After Bulgaria took an early 7-4 lead, Spain went on a 17-4 tear to end the first quarter with a 23-11 lead when Cristina Ouvina nailed a three-pointer.

The second quarter of the game was all offence from both teams, Bulgaria edging it 21-20, before a defensive battle in the third which Spain nicked 9-8.

But crucially Bulgaria were doing nothing to eat into the advantage that Spain had built.

Any hopes they had of putting pressure on down the stretch were effectively ended when Elisa Aguilar nailed back-to-back three-pointers to make it 63-44, and after Daniela Peteva scored Bulgaria's final points with a lay-up 4:17 minutes from time, Spain ran away with it.

Anna Cruz led Spain with 16 points while Aguilar added 13 and Laia Palau 11.

Radoslava Bachvarova and Vera Perostiyska had 11 each for Bulgaria, who remain winless in the group after five games.