Sweden78-69

20-18, 23-17, 25-12, 10-22

Spain

 

Date: 16.06.2012, 16:00hGroup:  DVenue:   Södertälje (SWE) Spectators: 850
Referees:  Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Karolina Andersson (FIN), Nick Van den Broeck (BEL)
TEAM LEADERS
Sweden Spain
Frida Eldebrink (24)PtsAmaya Valdemoro (13)
Agnes Nordström (7)RebVanessa Blé (9)
Elin Eldebrink (5), Louice Halvarsson (5)ASAnna Cruz (2), Cristina Ouvina (2)
Louice Halvarsson (3)STLaura Nicholls (3), Cristina Ouvina (3)
BSAmaya Valdemoro (3)

GAME REPORT

16.06.2012
Young Sweden Guns Stun Spain

Sweden claimed one of the most important basketball victories in their history on Saturday with a 78-69 triumph over Spain.

Supposed to be a growing force in the sport and looking to reach the EuroBasket Women Final Round for the first time since 1987 when they came in seventh, the Swedes suffered a narrow defeat in their Qualification Round Group D opener to Romania earlier this week.

But they bounced back against Spain, the No 5 team in the FIBA Rankings for Women.

Lars Johansson's team was so impressive that it opened up a 71-49 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Spain mounted a late comeback and drew to within 75-61 with 4:06 to go on Elisa Aguilar's three-pointer.

Johansson called a timeout to steady the troops but the visitors got even closer with 3:09 left when Spanish youngster Vanessa Blé hit a jump shot.

Veteran Amaya Valdemoro then blocked Elin Eldebrink's shot and the ball fell into the hands of Aguilar, and Spain had a chance to get even closer.

But Aguilar's pass was picked off by an alert Eldebrink and seconds later, Martina Staalvant pulled up for a jump shot on a fast break.

The points stopped the Spanish run and Sweden, who got 24 points from their scoring machine Frida Eldebrink, won by nine.

Eldebrink had 22 points in Sweden's narrow defeat at Romania in midweek in their first Qualification Round game.

The box score is going to make for pleasant viewing for Johansson because his team shared the ball on offense and finished with 21 assists compared to just nine for Spain.

Sweden's 1.91m center Louice Halvarsson had 17 points and five assists while small forward Agnes Nordström had a team-high seven rebounds to go with her four points.

Spain, who had cruised to victory in midweek at home against Bulgaria, got 13 points from Valdemoro and both Cruz and Blé chipped in 11 apiece.

COACH QUOTES

16.06.2012
Quotes Sweden vs. Spain

Lucas Mondelo, Spain coach:
"I congratulate Sweden for the win and a great game, maybe even a perfect game. We will be very motivated to meet them in Spain."

Lars Johansson, Sweden coach:
"I'm not perfectly educated on Swedish basketball history before 1987, but this is definitely the biggest win for us since I became head coach. I am a coach, so I don't think we played a perfect game, but we played very well. Frida Eldebrink got off to a good start and that's important to us. She is a leader and when she plays well the rest of the team gets more confident."

Elisa Aguilar, Spain player:
"Sweden played very well and made everything difficult for us. In my opinion they played a perfect game. They put pressure on us in defense and made unbelievable shots. We know that there are more games to come, this one is history. We look forward to the other games and look forward to meeting Sweden in Spain."

Frida Eldebrink, Sweden player:
"It was a special game for me, coming home and playing for Sweden in my hometown, in front of friends and family. We played really well, this is probably the biggest win I've been a part of with the Swedish national team. But we want to prove how good we are, we are not satisfied just because we beat Spain. There are more games to come and we will try to win them too."

 

Top performers

Sweden Spain

Frida Eldebrink

 

Vanessa Blé

24Pts11
2Reb9
3AS1
1ST2
0BS2

Accumulated statistics

Sweden Spain
31/66FG M/A17/57
24/55 (43.6%) FG2P M/A12/44 (27.3%)
7/11 (63.6%) FG3P M/A5/13 (38.5%)
9/11 (81.8%) FT M/A30/38 (78.9%)
41 (13-28) Reb (O-D) 35 (14-21)
21AS9
21TO16
6ST13
0BS7
31PF18
78Pts69

PHOTO GALLERY

SWEDEN
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
*4Aili, F. 194/850.04/850.00/00.01/1100.0011110031109
5Abdi, F. 40/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011000000-10
*6Eldebrink, F. 309/1850.04/1233.35/683.31/1100.0022301033724
7Nordström, A. 172/450.02/366.70/10.00/00.034722004004
*8Andersson, K. 263/742.93/742.90/00.02/2100.0145020054218
*9Eldebrink, E. 272/633.32/540.00/10.03/475.006651203457
10Hamilton, D. 101/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0235010030-22
11Staalvant, M. 140/30.00/20.00/10.00/00.010133001140
12Barthold, A. 142/540.02/540.00/00.00/00.0033020031-124
13Yderström, S. 91/1100.00/00.01/1100.00/00.001124002023
*14Halvarsson, L. 307/1258.36/1154.51/1100.02/366.7303543044817
15Stjärnström, J. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.000000000030
TEAM/COACH33610
TOTAL31/ 6647.024/ 5543.67/ 1163.69/1181.8132841212160311878
SPAIN
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
*4Nicholls , L. 292/1020.02/1020.00/00.03/475.0538123124-237
5Fernandez, M. 80/30.00/30.00/00.04/4100.0000010012-114
*6Ouvina, C. 160/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0033213012-80
7Lima, C. DNP
8Pascua, L. 162/540.02/540.00/00.02/450.011211111276
9Palau, L. 150/30.00/10.00/20.07/887.5134111034-67
10Aguilar, E. 182/633.30/30.02/366.72/2100.001101101298
*11Xargay, M. 191/616.71/425.00/20.00/00.0101020051-162
12Montañana , A. DNP
13Valdemoro, A. 265/1241.74/944.41/333.32/2100.0011132311313
*15Cruz, A. 273/560.01/333.32/2100.03/475.0123210027-311
*20Blé, V. 262/450.02/450.00/00.07/1070.0369132216311
TEAM/COACH21300
TOTAL17/ 5729.812/ 4427.35/ 1338.530/3878.9142135916137183169
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Sweden Spain

Frida Eldebrink

 

Vanessa Blé

24Pts11
2Reb9
3AS1
1ST2
0BS2
30Min26

TEAM STATS

Sweden Spain
31/66FG M/A17/57
24/55 (43.6%) FG2P M/A12/44 (27.3%)
7/11 (63.6%) FG3P M/A5/13 (38.5%)
9/11 (81.8%) FT M/A30/38 (78.9%)
41 (13-28) Reb (O-D) 35 (14-21)
21AS9
21TO16
6ST13
0BS7
31PF18
78Pts69
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