|21 July 2012|
Turning Point: Elena Capella's three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter, giving Spain all the hope they needed to get the win.
Game Hero: Elena Capella. Her 10 points in the last period were decisive for Spain to advance to the final.
Stats Don't Lie: Russia's 24 turnovers, as Spain committed only 15, were a big break in the Russian efficiency.
|Elena Capella was clutch for Spain in the last quarter, scoring 10 points to spark her team's victory.|
Spain have the chance to defend their title at the U16 European Championship Women, as they beat Russia after a comeback, 51-46, to advance to the gold medal game.
Daria Kolosovskaya shined in the first minutes, scoring all of Russia's first seven points, as Spain tried to cope with their opponents' game.
Helena Orts was showing to be a fighter, trying hard to play in between the towering Russian centers.
The game was balanced, but Spain committed turnovers that allowed Russia to use their fast break, reaching an early lead of eight points.
But with Salvadores scoring her first two points, Spain started to recover.
As the second quarter started, Spain got the lead for the first time, 17-16, but Russia took it back in less than two minutes.
The result changed back and forth, as both teams scored on their offensive opportunities.
With five minutes to play in the second quarter, Kolosovskaya got a three-pointer from the left corner, the same Anastasia Borovykh profited to shot another three, near the end of the period.
Spain missed shot attempts but committed no turnovers in this quarter.
Russia was leading again, but in the quarter's last play, Lo Sylla got a lay-up and foul to settle the score at 30-26 at half time.
The game restarted with Laura Quevedo pushing her team.
After Capella finished a fast break, Quevedo scored a three-pointer to tie the game at 33-33.
Russia's Ksenia Levchenko committed her third personal foul in the middle of the quarter, but the team felt no difference with Olga Orlova as the playmaker.
Russia led by six, 39-33, after 30 minutes.
The game started to change when Elena Capella scored a three-pointer at start of the fourth quarter.
She made another three with five minutes to play, putting the Spaniards in front, 42-41.
Russia was starting to feel nervous and tried hard, but did not recover.
Their outside shoot was missing, with the team jeopardizing their last nine attempts and Spain was feeling more and more secure they would get the win.
Laura Quevedo finished with 15 points to lead all Spanish scorers, while Capella and Salvadores contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
In the Russian team, Daria Kolosovskaya scored 14 points, 12 of them in the first half, finishing as the most prolific Russian scorer.