Basketball player helps lead U-20 Spanish National Team to European Championship

August 28, 2012 | News, UToday
By Brian DeBenedictis

Toledo sophomore Inma Zanoguera is a champion. Zanoguera played a key role in helping the U-20 Spanish National Team lay claim to the 2012 European Championship in Hungary.


Spain clinched the Division A title with a 59-46 victory over Russia on Sunday, Aug. 26.

For the tournament, Zanoguera averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists in 22.1 minutes per game. She shot 46.3 percent (25 of 54) from the field and ranked 18th in the championship in offensive caroms (2.4 rebounds per game).

The second-year Rocket scored in double figures on three occasions in the 11-day competition, including 10 points, six boards, four thefts and three helpers in the title game.

Zanoguera was at her best in the last two victories, contributing 10.5 points, 6.5 caroms and 3.5 steals in 29.5 minutes, shooting 58.9 percent (10 of 17) from the floor.

She and the Spanish squad finished the tourney with an impressive 8-1 ledger, outscoring the opposition by 17.8 points (66.7-48.9) per game.

A native of Llucamajor, Spain, Zanoguera started eight of 34 games as a freshman for the Rockets and averaged 3.9 points, 2.9 boards and 1.1 assists in 18.9 minutes. She led the 2011-12 Mid-American Conference West Division co-champions in thefts six times, as well as rebounding, helpers and rejections on three occasions in her first season wearing the Midnight Blue and Gold.

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