01 - 09
July 2023
4 Iyana Martin (ESP)
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Big day for Martin as Spain erase double digit deficit against Serbia

KONYA (Turkey) - Only four teams remain unbeaten after two days of competition at the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship in Turkey. Portugal, France, Spain and Slovenia are enjoying the view from the top of their groups.

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Key Storylines

- Iyana Martin does a bit of everything to lead a Spanish comeback from -13
- Elina Aarnisalo counts to 31 to put Finland on the board
- Slovenia stay perfect as Lea Bartelme flirts with triple-double

Top Performers

Spain and Serbia faced off in the battle of the big names, and it was a game to remember, especially if you're Iyana Martin. The Spanish point guard exploded for 28 points, shooting 12-of-16 from the field, with 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals to her name, giving her an efficiency valuation of 38 - game-high by some distance.

Portugal's center Clara Silva picked up another double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 13-of-14 from the free throw line to get a grand total of 35 in the efficiency tab. Six of her rebounds were on the offensive end, while the entire Italian team had just one more.

Finland saw the first 30+ point performance of the event. Elina Aarnisalo finished with 31 points in 29 minutes of work, shooting 10-of-23 from the field and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, while filling the other parts of the boxscore, too, with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals. Efficiency said 26, more than enough to give Finland their first win.

Just one point behind Aarnisalo as far as efficiency goes was Lea Bartelme. She provided the perfect spark for Slovenia to pull away from Germany in a close game, finishing with a near triple-double of 15 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, with 6 steals on the side, too. 

Alicia Courthiau was a +32 on the day with 17 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and efficiency rating of 23 as Belgium bounced back from their opening day defeat by leading from start to finish against Lithuania.

Results of the Day

Group A

Belgium 83-45 Lithuania
Italy 59-75 Portugal

Group B

France 66-43 Turkey
Poland 40-79 Hungary

Group C

Israel 62-73 Latvia
Spain 95-86 Serbia

Group D

Finland 84-62 Czech Republic
Germany 54-59 Slovenia