Toledo junior Inma Zanoguera and freshman Elena de Alfredo played significant roles in helping the Spanish National Team capture its third consecutive U-20 European Championship in Samsun, Turkey.Spain successfully defended its Division A title with a 59-53 victory over Italy Sunday, July 14.
For the tournament, Zanoguera averaged 9.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 27.2 minutes per game. She shot 51.5 percent (35 of 68) from the field and 72.7 percent (16 of 22) from the charity stripe, en route to being named to the all-tourney squad. The Llucmajor, Spain, native ranked fourth in the tourney in two-point field goal percentage (54.1 percent, 33 of 61), sixth in helpers, eighth in thefts and 16th in two-point field goals made (3.7). She scored in double figures on five occasions in the 11-day competition, including a tourney-best 15 points against Belarus.
de Alfredo contributed 7.8 points, 2.3 caroms and 0.8 dimes in 19.4 minutes in the nine contests. She converted 31.3 percent (20 of 64) from the floor and a sparkling 95.8 percent (23 of 24) from the free-throw line. She finished 12th in the tourney in free throws made (2.6). de Alfredo tallied double digits three times, including a tourney-high 15 points versus the Slovak Republic.
The Spanish squad finished the tournament with a perfect 9-0 ledger, outscoring its opposition by 11.1 points (59.5 to 48.4) per game.