The women's team seeks to track its ticket to the Eurobasket
MADRID, 23 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish women's basketball team will return to action this Thursday in official competition with the dispute of the 'FIBA window' of November qualifying for the Eurobasket 2023 and in which they will have modest Iceland as their first rival, whom they will receive (8:30 pm/Teledeporte) at the Carolina Marín de Huelva Sports Palace.
Spain continues to seek to build a team that will compete again for everything and rub shoulders with the best after a 2021 that was adverse and that prevented it from being in the World Cup in Australia last September.
Now, under the command of Miguel Méndez, the women's team wants to excite again and their first objective is to close their ticket to the next European Championship as soon as possible, an objective that they have well on track and that they could certify in this 'window'.
The four-time continental champion began this qualifying phase with two wins in the first two rounds, at home against Hungary (62-66), in the debut on the Galician coach's bench, and at home against Romania (105-59). Winning against the Icelandic women and next Sunday, also at the Carolina Marín, would give them the ticket without having to wait for February.
Those two victories were a year ago and since then, Méndez was only able to reunite his players last summer in the so-called 'Road to the Future' tour that consisted of four games, two against Italy, one against Slovenia and another against Belgium, and two at home and two away, all ending with victories, a sign that expectations are positive.
The first match, unprecedented, will be against the modest Iceland, a rival that should not create too many problems for the national team and that adds two defeats after losing on their visit to Romania (65-69) and being overwhelmed (58-115) at home for Hungary. Sara Run Hinriksdottir, one of the few to play outside of her country (Italy), is her best player so far. Méndez will have the loss of the base Cristina Ouviña, who relapsed from her thigh injury.
SPAIN: Cazorla, Romero, Peña, Rodriguez, Casas, Conde, Quevedo, Torrens, Etxarri, Araujo, Ginzo, Carrera and Ndour.
ICELAND: Svansdottir, Grimsdottir, Karlsdottir, Daviosdottir, Larusdottir, Aegisdottir, Kristjansdottir, Kjartansdottir, Sigureardottir, Hinriksdottir, Alexandersdottir y Jonsdottir.
--PAVILION: Carolina Marín Sports Palace.
--TIME: 8:30 p.m./Teledeporte.