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. She is 6 feet, one inch, and weighs 159 pounds.
|No. 6 – Valencia Basket|
|Born||February 9, 1989|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2008–2010||Rivas Futura / Ecópolis|
|2011||UNB Obenasa Navarra|
|2011–2012||Pays d'Aix Basket 13|
|2015–2016||Cadí La Seu|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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
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.
|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|
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, participating in (Beijing 2008 and the 2009 EuroBasket:
- 4th 2003 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth)
- 2004 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth)
- 2005 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship (youth) (All-Tournament Team)
- 2006 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship (youth)
- 4th 2007 FIBA Under-19 World Championship (youth)
- 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship (youth) (MVP)
- 5th 2008 Summer Olympics
- 2009 Eurobasket