Spain women's national basketball team
The Spain women's national basketball team is controlled by the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB). Spain is one of the most successful basketball teams in the world, being the current European champions and the World and Olympic runners-up.
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Women's World Cup|
|FIBA EuroBasket Women|
Gold: (1993, 2013, 2017)|
Bronze: (2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2015)
Spain 31–40 Switzerland |
(Malgrat de Mar, Spain; 16 June 1963)
Spain 113–42 Fiji |
(Madrid, Spain; 9 June 2008)
Soviet Union 115–42 Spain |
(Treviso, Italy; 12 September 1985)
Spain women's basketball team played their first official game in Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona, against Switzerland on June 16, 1963, losing 31-40. They won their first game against the same team two days later, 47-39. It would take six years to play another international friendly game, losing to Cuba 50-70 on September 28, 1969.
Their first official games were in March 1970, trying to qualify for 1970 EuroBasket, winning their first game against Switzerland 61-44 and losing to Hungary and France. The team qualified for their first major international tournament in their next attempt, the 1974 EuroBasket. After losing their three group stage games, they won their first game in a final tournament against Denmark in the placement matches, finishing in 12th position. Rosa Castillo is considered the best player from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.
Until 1985 Spain played most Eurobasket tournaments, usually finishing around 10th. An important year for the evolution of the team was the celebration on home soil of the 1987 EuroBasket, finishing on 6th position. The team entered their first Summer Olympics qualification in 1988, but failed to qualify. Their first Olympic games were also on home soil in the 1992 Summer Olympics, finishing 5th.
After failing to qualify for the two previous Eurobaskets and having never played a knockout game in a major tournament, the gold medal in the 1993 EuroBasket came as a surprise, beating the newly formed Slovakia in the semifinals (73-55) and France in the final (63-53). With Blanca Ares as their key player (19 PPG), Spain undoubtedly took advantage of the dissolution of the dominant European teams of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and especially the Soviet Union.
The Eurobasket victory gave Spain the right to participate in the 1994 World Championship for the first time, finishing 8th. Since then, the team has qualified for every World Championship, finishing 8th in Australia (1994), and 5th in Germany (1998) and China (2002), and 8th in Brazil (2006).
From 2001 and up to 2009 Spain entered in a loop of winning five consecutive medals in the Eurobaskets (1 silver, 4 bronze) and being eliminated in the quarterfinals in Summer Olympics and World Championships, until they finally won bronze in the 2010 World Championship. From her debut in 1995 to her retirement in 2013, Amaya Valdemoro became the leader of the Spanish squad, taking part in 13 tournaments, playing 258 games, winning 7 medals and becoming the topscorer with 2,743 points.
The defeat against Croatia on June 26 in Katowice in the second stage of the 2011 EuroBasket and the consequent absence from the 2012 Olympics has been cited by coaches and players as a catalyst for a golden period of five consecutive medals. After playing the qualification matches in the summer of 2012, Spain went to win the 2013 Eurobasket with a balance of 9-0. Afterwards, they won silver in the 2014 World Championship, bronze in the 2015 Eurobasket, silver in the 2016 Summer Olympics and gold again in the 2017 EuroBasket. These results are quite commendable, considering that Spain has only competed with the world elite for less than two decades. This series of results has taken the Spanish team to be ranked No. 2 in the ranking of FIBA. Also, the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup will be held in Spain in September 2018.
In the team since 2008, Alba Torrens is regarded as the leader of this generation, having won 7 medals in 9 tournaments.
- For all past match results of the national team since 1963, including friendlies, see team's results page
|List of matches 2016-2018, including friendlies and scheduled matches|
|649||Sweden||75||52||+23||Sancho Lyttle||24||2017 EuroBasket qualification||2015.11.21||Sodertajle (SWE)|
|650||Finland||86||45||+41||Sancho Lyttle||18||2017 EuroBasket qualification||2015.11.25||Zamora|
|651||Sweden||93||45||+48||Lyttle, Alba Torrens||17||2017 EuroBasket qualification||2016.02.24||Logroño|
|652||Australia||58||55||+3||Alba Torrens||14||2016 Friendly||2016.05.30||San Fernando|
|653||Argentina||73||47||+26||Alba Torrens||16||2016 Friendly||2016.05.31||San Fernando|
|654||Canada||77||54||+23||Marta Xargay||17||2016 Friendly||2016.06.04||Palencia|
|655||Cuba||83||40||+43||Marta Xargay||19||2016 Friendly||2016.06.06||Palencia|
|656||New Zealand||52||54||-2||Marta Xargay||12||2016 Friendly||2016.06.08||Gijón|
|657||New Zealand||80||60||+20||Alba Torrens||24||2016 Friendly||2016.06.09||Oviedo|
|658||China||77||43||+34||Alba Torrens||22||2016 Olympics qualification||2016.06.14||Nantes (FRA)|
|659||Venezuela||83||55||+28||Leonor Rodríguez||24||2016 Olympics qualification||2016.06.15||Nantes (FRA)|
|660||South Korea||70||50||+20||Sancho Lyttle||20||2016 Olympics qualification||2016.06.15||Nantes (FRA)|
|661||Turkey||66||71||-5||Astou Ndour||18||2016 Friendly||2016.08.02||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|662||Serbia||65||59||+6||Marta Xargay||15||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.07||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|663||United States||63||103||-40||Alba Torrens||20||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.08||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|664||China||89||68||+21||Alba Torrens||32||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.10||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|665||Senegal||97||43||+54||Alba Torrens||14||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.12||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|666||Canada||73||60||+13||Alba Torrens||20||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.14||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|667||Turkey||64||62||+2||Anna Cruz||14||2016 Olympics QF||2016.08.16||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|668||Serbia||68||54||+14||Astou Ndour, Torrens||14||2016 Olympics SF||2016.08.18||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|669||United States||72||101||-29||Alba Torrens||18||2016 Olympics F||2016.08.20||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|670||Finland||72||54||+18||Leonor Rodríguez||12||2017 EuroBasket qualification||2016.11.19||Helsinki (FIN)|
|671||Poland||69||47||+22||Marta Xargay||14||2017 Friendly||2017.05.19||San Fernando|
|672||China||68||58||+10||Alba Torrens||32||2017 Friendly||2017.05.21||San Fernando|
|673||Canada||64||42||+22||Marta Xargay||15||2017 Friendly||2017.05.26||Torrelavega|
|674||Japan||67||51||+16||Marta Xargay||15||2017 Friendly||2017.05.28||Torrelavega|
|675||Belgium||69||59||+10||Alba Torrens||19||2017 Friendly||2017.06.02||Kortrijk (BEL)|
|676||Belgium||87||48||+39||Marta Xargay||19||2017 Friendly||2017.06.03||Kortrijk (BEL)|
|677||Italy||66||62||+4||Alba Torrens||19||2017 Friendly||2017.06.10||Mulhouse (FRA)|
|678||France||56||65||-9||Alba Torrens, Cruz||10||2017 Friendly||2017.06.11||Mulhouse (FRA)|
|679||Hungary||62||48||+14||Sancho Lyttle||17||2017 EuroBasket 1R||2017.06.16||Hradec Králové (CZE)|
|680||Ukraine||76||54||+22||Alba Torrens||26||2017 EuroBasket 1R||2017.06.17||Hradec Králové (CZE)|
|681||Czech Republic||63||67||-4||Sancho Lyttle||17||2017 EuroBasket 1R||2017.06.19||Hradec Králové (CZE)|
|682||Latvia||67||47||+20||Alba Torrens||20||2017 EuroBasket QF||2017.06.22||Prague (CZE)|
|683||Belgium||68||52||+16||Alba Torrens||20||2017 EuroBasket SF||2017.06.24||Prague (CZE)|
|684||France||72||55||+17||Sancho Lyttle||19||2017 EuroBasket F||2017.06.25||Prague (CZE)|
|685||Bulgaria||92||42||+50||Laura Nicholls||14||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2017.11.11||Sofia (BUL)|
|686||Netherlands||92||26||+66||Marta Xargay||22||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2017.11.15||Valladolid|
|687||Ukraine||72||68||+4||Alba Torrens||18||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.02.10||Kiev (UKR)|
|688||Bulgaria||97||57||+40||Queralt Casas, Marta Xargay||15||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.02.13||Guadalajara|
|689||Japan||87||81||+6||Marta Xargay||23||2018 Friendly||2018.07.05||Palma de Mallorca|
|690||Japan||84||83||+1||Alba Torrens||25||2018 Friendly||2018.07.06||Palma de Mallorca|
|691||Belgium||58||46||+12||Belén Arrojo||14||2018 Friendly||2018.08.31||Valencia|
|692||France||65||54||+11||Marta Xargay||21||2018 Friendly||2018.09.01||Valencia|
|693||Argentina||66||33||+33||Marta Xargay||17||2018 Friendly||2018.09.08||Cáceres|
|694||Greece||82||56||+26||María Conde||14||2018 Friendly||2018.09.09||Cáceres|
|695||Japan||94||90||+4||Marta Xargay||21||2018 Friendly||2018.09.15||Tenerife|
|696||Australia||65||62||+3||Alba Torrens||12||2018 Friendly||2018.09.16||Tenerife|
|697||Japan||2018 World Cup 1R||2018.09.22||Tenerife|
|698||Puerto Rico||2018 World Cup 1R||2018.09.23||Tenerife|
|699||Belgium||2018 World Cup 1R||2018.09.25||Tenerife|
|Netherlands||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.11.17||(NED)|
|Ukraine||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.11.21||(ESP)|
FIBA Women's Basketball World CupEdit
Spain announced a 16-player preliminary squad on 22 June 2018  for the 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, to be held in Spain between September 22–30. On 5 September the squad was reduced to 14 players, with the exclusion of María Araújo and Tamara Abalde. The final squad will consist of 12 players.
|Spain women's national basketball team – 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup roster|
- Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
- As of 16 September 2018
Most capped playersEdit
Top highscorers in official games (friendlies not included).
- As of 9 September 2018
|Amaya Valdemoro||39||Lithuania||2006 World Cup 2nd Round||2006.09.18||São Paulo (BRA)|
|Blanca Ares||36||Brazil||1994 World Cup 2nd Round||1994.06.10||Sydney (AUS)|
|Amaya Valdemoro||33||Brazil||2002 World Cup 2nd Round||2002.09.19||Suzhou (CHN)|
|Alba Torrens||32||China||2016 Olympics 1st Round||2016.08.10||Rio (BRA)|
|Rosi Sánchez||32||China||2002 World Cup Classification Round||2002.09.25||Nanjing (CHN)|
|Rosa Castillo||32||Finland||1980 EuroBasket Classification Round||1980.09.23||Banjaluka (YUG)|
|Rosa Castillo||32||Belgium||1976 EuroBasket Classification Round||1976.05.25||Ferrand Clermont (FRA)|
|Marina Ferragut||31||Latvia||1999 EuroBasket qualification||1998.05.15||Daruvar (CRO)|
|Alba Torrens||30||Russia||2013 EuroBasket 1st Round||2013.06.15||Vannes (FRA)|
|Amaya Valdemoro||30||China||2004 Olympics 1st Round||2004.08.16||Athens (GRE)|
|Marta Fernández||30||Romania||2003 EuroBasket qualification||2001.11.25||Salamanca (ESP)|
|Rocío Jiménez||30||England||1978 EuroBasket qualification||1978.03.23||Wolfenbuttel (GER)|
- For a full list of all the 52 medallists with the senior team, see Medal winners in Spain women's national basketball team
- ^A Assistant coach Víctor Lapeña was appointed as head coach for two 2017 EuroBasket qualifiers in November 2015
- Spain crowned FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 champions
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- FIBA Ranking
- "Spain seek reinvention as they go with an initial 16". FIBA. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
- Spanish women's national team website
- All Coaches (1963-2014)
- Marca.com (in Spanish)