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Tamara Abalde Díaz (born February 6, 1989 in Ferrol) is a Spanish basketball player, currently player for Spanish team Valencia Basket. She played for Spain in the 2008 Summer Games and for the Lamar Cardinals in the NCAA.[1] She is 6 feet, one inch, and weighs 159 pounds.[2]

Tamara Abalde
No. 6 – Valencia Basket
PositionPower forward
LeagueLiga Femenina
Personal information
Born (1989-02-09) February 9, 1989 (age 30)
Ferrol, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
Playing career2004–present
Career history
2004–2007Celta Vigo
2007–2008Lamar Cardinals
2008–2010Rivas Futura / Ecópolis
2011UNB Obenasa Navarra
2011–2012Pays d'Aix Basket 13
2012–2013Basket Landes
2013–2015Perfumerías Avenida
2015–2016Cadí La Seu
2016–2017CREFF ¡Hola!
2017–2018Mann-Filter Casablanca
2018–presentValencia Basket
Career highlights and awards

Her father, Alberto Abalde Rodríguez was a professional basketball player from 1980 to 1993, and her brother, Alberto Abalde Díaz, is also a professional basketball player for Valencia Basket.

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Playing careerEdit

VigoEdit

Coming from a basketball family, Abalde attended Compañía de María school (1998-2003) and San José de la Guía in Vigo before joining Celta de Vigo Baloncesto's youth teams in 2003. She made her debut in the Spanish top tier league at 15.

NCAAEdit

She was just the sixth player in Lamar history to be named to the Southland Conference First Team. In addition, she was only the second player to earn SLC Freshman of the Year honors.

The only freshman during the 2007–08 season to be named to the All-Southland Conference First Team, she recorded five double-doubles. In addition, she accumulated eight games with at least 20 points scored. Abalde scored a single-game high and school record tying 44 points against Wiley College on November 24, 2007. Her 16.0 points per game ranked sixth in the league in scoring. In addition, she was ninth in rebounds (7.1), shot a .424 mark from the field and was named conference player of the week twice.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2007–08 All-Southland Conference First Team[3]
  • 2007–08 Southland Conference Rookie of the Year[4]

ProfessionalEdit

After one season with Lamar of the NCAA, she decided to leave the team to pursue a professional career in Europe. She spent a couple of seasons at Baloncesto Rivas and half a season at UNB Obenasa Navarra. After a couple of seasons in France, she signed for Spanish powerhouse Perfumerías Avenida in 2013, winning two Spanish Cups, two Spanish Supercups and finishing as runner-up of the League twice. Looking for more playtime she spent the next three seasons in three different clubs (Cadí La Seu, CREFF ¡Hola! and Mann-Filter Casablanca) before signing for newly promoted team Valencia Basket in 2018.

EuroLeague and EuroCup stats[5]Edit

Season Team GP MPP PPP RPP APP
2008-09 EuroCup   Rivas Ecópolis 8 18.6 6.9 2.6 1.4
2010-11 EuroLeague   Rivas Ecópolis 5 13.2 3.2 1.4 0.2
2012-13 EuroCup   Basket Landes 6 21.5 5.8 4.2 1.0
2013-14 EuroLeague   Perfumerías Avenida 9 9.5 3.3 1.9 0.8
2014-15 EuroLeague   Perfumerías Avenida 5 5.6 0.8 0.8 0.0

National teamEdit

Abalde started playing with Spain's youth teams at 14, winning a total of five medals from 2003 to 2009. She made her debut with the senior team in 2008, and went to play the 2008 Summer Olympics when she was 19 years old. Up to 2018, she had 40 caps with 3.1 PPG,[6] participating in (Beijing 2008 and the 2009 EuroBasket:[7]

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