They achieved an exceptional ranking in the World Cup with authority during the grand final against the United States (8:00 p.m., telesport). They have already made history but today they will fight to make the dream last. These are the 12 components of a promising team.
4. Iyana Martín (21st century)
Base, 1.72 meters, 2006
Along with Awa Fam, she is the youngest of the group, but despite her youth, she has an unusual knowledge of being on the court in difficult times for a 16-year-old player. Both in the round of 16 against Mali and in the semi-final against France, Iyana did not hesitate to put the team on his back. In this World Cup, she averages 13.3 points and with 5.8 assists per game, she is the best passer in the tournament. The best? May we still be able to appreciate her in one more international event, since she is on the list to compete in the European U16 Championship in Portugal.
6. Sofia Alonso (Ponce Valladolid)
Base, 1.72 meters, 2005
In this World Cup, she had a role as a rotation player but with her performance against Egypt and Korea, Alonso showed what her main virtue is: the vision of the game and that is that in both matches, she distributed four assists, combining particularly well. with her internal teammates. She is Ponce Valladolid’s star and that’s how she was seen in the Spanish Junior Championship when she was a first-year player.
7. Laia Conesa (21st century)
Base, 1.73 meters, 2005
The basic trio of this Selection is high level and above all varied. That of Conesa is added to the styles of Martín and Alonso. A very physical base, a defensive specialist who overflows with passion and grit when he is on the court. He is averaging 3.7 points, 3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She made her debut last year in LF2 and for her second season she is already setting records for a confirmed player: 5.3 points, 3.7 rebounds for a PIR of 5.7 in 25 minutes of play.
9. Ines Monteagudo (Valencia Basket)
Small forward, 1.81 meters, 2005
With his height, Inés Monteagudo promises an interesting development as a striker. She is a vertical player who has already given clues about her ability to score in the game against Korea with 7 points in 11 minutes of play. He comes to this national team after an excellent run at the hands of Valencia Basket and although Taronja’s team was on the verge of the fight for medals in the Spanish Junior Championship, Monteagudo was one of the keys to the great display of the Valencian team.
11. Judit Valero (Barca CBS)
Small forward, 1.79 meters, 2005
The Catalan striker completes a World Cup to supervise. His verticality in front of the rim is an escape when it does not work in attack. He appeared in key matches with his 12 points in the quarter-final against Australia and 9 in the semi-final against France. He has a good shot of three (35%) and multiple resources to finish in 1v1. He is one of Barça’s flagships CBS recently promoted to LF Endesa. A feat, that of promotion, in which Valero was present living the experience of the bench by being part of the LF Challenge alignment of the Blaugrana team. In the junior category, Valero also stood out as the third top scorer in the Spanish Championship in which her Barça won the silver medal.
12. Habtenesh Calvo (Movistar students)
Small forward, 1.76 meters, 2005
She is a player ready to do whatever is asked of her. She is another defensive specialist, but she also contributes to the score with an average of 6 goals per game. With his balance between assists (1.8) and interceptions (1.7) we can get an idea of his versatility. She is always ready to execute a good counter-attack and is usually Cantero’s choice to defend the opposition’s best outside player. It is one of the great pearls of the student career.
13. Carla Viegas (CAB Estepona)
Small forward, 1.76 meters, 2005
Carla Viegas’ talent for shooting at three is extraordinary. She has an accuracy of 47% but with 20 triples, she is by far the player who has scored the most on the perimeter of the entire World Cup. In addition to his ability to shoot from 6.75, his search for open spaces is also good. His three-pointer against France 1 minute from the end of the match made it 61-59 with which Spain put victory on track. This season, she made her debut in the LF Challenge and in the second national category, she has already carved out a place for herself as a specialist: she was the best triple jumper in the competition with 50% accuracy.
8. Blue Tor (21st Century)
Power winger, 1.83 meters, 2005
Another player “made” in the Segle XXI. It is a four with high quality technical movements to the post and surprises when it leaves the zone and dares the hat-trick (3 out of 5 in the whole championship). A team player ready for anything, whether to defend the Tours de France in the semi-finals, or to contribute to the score, as was the case in the match against Egypt (14 points). This course played in LF2 8 minutes per match leaving very good feelings in what was its emergence in the national category.
18. Marina Mata (21st century)
Power forward, 1.87 meters, 2005
Marina Mata is a quality interior rotation. In this World Cup, he is averaging 4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, more than half of which are offensive rebounds. He also played with the Segle XXI in the LF2 and did so being part of Javier Torralba’s plans. He played every game and averaged 6.1 points and 4.6 rebounds for 7 PIR credits. In the final game of the group stage against Korea, Mata posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
10. Awa Fam (Valencia Basket)
Center, 1.92 meters, 2006
The name of Awa Fam has not ceased to resonate this past season. And it’s not for less. The Alicante center made her debut at the age of 15 in Eurocup Women, LF Endesa and Copa e la Reina with a Valencia Basket side that had her in first-team dynamics throughout along the route. In this tournament, she is currently posting a double-double average: 11.2 points and 10.2 rebounds and also stands out for her passing ability with 2.2 assists per game, which makes her the pivot with the best pass of the entire World Cup. Figures that place him third in the highest rated tournament with 19.3 credits on average. Like Iyana Martín, she is from the class of 2006.
16. Queen Ikhiuwu (Innova TSN Leganes)
Center, 1.81 meters, 2005
Queen is another inside rotation which in this case brings a lot of defense, intimidation and rebounding. She comes from the Innova TSN Leganés youth academy and this year she made her LF Endesa debut playing two matches, which will surely be unforgettable for her. In this World Cup, he stood out against Egypt with 7 points and 4 rebounds which brought him to a PIR of 10. Another team player who always has words of encouragement for her teammates.
17. Ariadna Termis (21st century)
Center, 1.97 meters, 2005
His consistency in this tournament is reflected in his numbers: 4.5 points and 5.7 rebounds lead him to an average rating of 8.2 PIR. Along with Fam, she is one of the best rebounders in the entire tournament and together they make an inner pair that is hard to beat and blend together perfectly. He also played in LF2 with Segle XXI and he also stood out there. 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and a PIR of 9 in what was his third season with minutes in the national category.
Cristina Cantero, at the helm
The feelings this group garnered during the San Fernando U16 Challenger last year were very positive and in this second year with the group, Cantero has kept the bar very high. This is her first international experience as a coach and she has reached no more and no less than a world final. Another feat for Celta coach Zorka Recalvi of the LF Challenge.