EUROBASKET WOMEN QUALIFIERS
|Center Louice Halvarsson stood tall in Spain and led Sweden to victory with a double-double in points and rebounds|
Sweden stands on the verge of booking their place at EuroBasket Women after securing a superb fifth straight victory and the second of the campaign against highly-fancied Spain, with a 79-73 success in Madrid.
The home team had been eager to avenge their somewhat surprise loss against their opponent last month and, boosted by the return of Sancho Lyttle, would have expected to be successful in that mission.
Instead, it turned out to be another disappointing evening for Spain coach Lucas Mondelo and his players, who must now look over their shoulder with Germany primed to punish any more errors from the group favourites.
That dimension is heightened by the fact Spain travel to Germany for their next fixture, in what is now a pressure game for both teams.
As for Sweden, they continue to realise their undoubted potential in what was another excellent team performance.
They took the initiative during the early stages with a 21-17 first quarter and always enjoyed the upper hand for the remainder of the game.
Much of that was down to Sweden controlling the boards with Louice Halvarsson claiming a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds while Elin Eldebrink had seven assists.