BEIJING (Olympics) – Amaya Valdemoro was hampered by injuries in the build-up to the Olympics but the Spain veteran is starting to look like her old self again.
Valdemoro, the most valuable player of EuroBasket 2007, hit five shots from behind the arc on her way to a game-high 25 points as Spain whipped winless Mali 79-47.
The veteran didn’t score in the first quarter when Spain began with a 19-5 lead.
Evaristo Perez’s team, destroyed in the second half by the United States two days ago, got rid of the bad taste from that defeat and will now wait for the outcome of the Czech Republic’s game with China to discover the order of finish behind the United States, who have clinched first place.
Spain ended their Group B campaign at 3-2 and if the Czechs defeat the Chinese, all three teams would have the same record. In that case, goal differential would be used to determine the sides that come in second, third and fourth.
Spain led from the start after reeling off 12 consecutive points.
Anna Montanana began proceedings with a three-point play and Elisa Aguilar scored with a jumper for a 5-0 advantage.
Alba Torrens followed with five straight points, including a three-ball for her first bucket, before Laia Palau scored for a 12-0 lead.
Mali didn’t have a point until seven minutes had been played when Djenebou Sissoko scored inside. Djene Diawara split a pair of free throws before Sissoko scored again to make it 12-5.
The Spaniards finished the quarter on a 7-0 run with Cindy Lima making two free throws, Montanana (13 pts) scoring inside and Isa Sanchez adding a three-pointer.
Valdemoro then made sure the Spanish stayed in control in the second quarter when she scored nine points.
Sissoko had 17 points and eight rebounds for Mali, who again played without captain Hamchetou Maiga because of a sprained ankle.FIBA