Spain women's national basketball team
The Spain women's national basketball team (Spanish: Selección Española de Baloncesto Femenina) represents Spain in international women's basketball competition, and are regulated by the Spanish Basketball Federation, the governing body for basketball in Spain. Spain has one of the most successful women's national teams in the world, being the current European champions and Olympic runners-up.
|FIBA ranking||3 |
|FIBA zone||FIBA Europe|
|Women's World Cup|
(Malgrat de Mar, Spain; 16 June 1963)
(Madrid, Spain; 9 June 2008)
(Treviso, Italy; 12 September 1985)
Spain women's basketball team played their first official game in Malgrat de Mar, Barcelona, against Switzerland on 16 June 1963, losing 31–40. They won their first game against the same team two days later, 47–39. It would take six years to play another international friendly game, losing to Cuba 50–70 on 28 September 1969.
Their first official games were in March 1970, trying to qualify for 1970 EuroBasket, winning their first game against Switzerland 61–44 and losing to Hungary and France. The team qualified for their first major international tournament in their next attempt, the 1974 EuroBasket. After losing their three group stage games, they won their first game in a final tournament against Denmark in the placement matches, finishing in 12th position. Rosa Castillo is considered the best player from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.
Until 1985 Spain played most Eurobasket tournaments, usually finishing around 10th. An important year for the evolution of the team was the celebration on home soil of the 1987 EuroBasket, finishing on 6th position. The team entered their first Summer Olympics qualification in 1988, but failed to qualify. Their first Olympic games were also on home soil in the 1992 Summer Olympics, finishing 5th.
After failing to qualify for the two previous Eurobaskets and having never played a knockout game in a major tournament, the gold medal at the 1993 EuroBasket came as a surprise, beating the newly formed Slovakia in the semifinals 73–55 and France in the final 63–53. With Blanca Ares as their key player (19 PPG), Spain undoubtedly took advantage of the dissolution of the dominant European teams of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and especially the Soviet Union.
The EuroBasket victory gave Spain the right to participate in the 1994 Women's World Cup for the first time, finishing 8th. Since then, the team has qualified for every World Cup -seven in a row-, winning three medals.
From 2001 and up to 2009 Spain entered in a loop of winning five consecutive medals in the Eurobaskets (1 silver, 4 bronze) and being eliminated in the quarterfinals in Summer Olympics and World Cups, until they finally won bronze in the 2010 Women's World Cup. From her debut in 1995 to her retirement in 2013, forward Amaya Valdemoro became the leader of the Spanish squad, taking part in 13 tournaments, playing 258 games, winning 7 medals and becoming the topscorer with 2,743 points.
The defeat against Croatia on 26 June in Katowice in the second stage of the 2011 EuroBasket and the consequent absence from the 2012 Olympics has been cited by coaches and players as a catalyst for a golden period of seven consecutive medals. After playing the qualification matches in the summer of 2012, Spain went on to win the 2013 EuroBasket with a balance of 9–0. Afterwards, they won silver in the 2014 Women's World Cup, bronze in the 2015 EuroBasket, silver in the 2016 Summer Olympics and gold again in the 2017 EuroBasket. Spain also won the bronze medal at the 2018 Women's World Cup held on home soil in September 2018. In July 2019 Spain successfully defended their European crown by beating France 86–66 in the final of the EuroBasket Women 2019. These results are quite commendable, considering that Spain have only competed with the world elite for less than two decades. This series of results has taken the Spanish team to be ranked No. 2 in the ranking of FIBA.
In the senior team for almost two decades, captain and record-holder for most caps and most medals, point guard Laia Palau has been a constant presence in final tournaments with 12 medals in 17 final tournaments. In the team since 2008, forward Alba Torrens is regarded as the most talented player of this generation, having won 8 medals in 10 tournaments.
- For all past match results of the national team since 1963, including friendlies, see team's results page
|List of matches 2016–2018, including friendlies and scheduled matches|
|662||65||59||+6||Marta Xargay||15||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.07||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|663||63||103||-40||Alba Torrens||20||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.08||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|664||89||68||+21||Alba Torrens||32||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.10||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|665||97||43||+54||Alba Torrens||14||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.12||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|666||73||60||+13||Alba Torrens||20||2016 Olympics 1R||2016.08.14||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|667||64||62||+2||Anna Cruz||14||2016 Olympics QF||2016.08.16||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|668||68||54||+14||Astou Ndour, Torrens||14||2016 Olympics SF||2016.08.18||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|669||72||101||-29||Alba Torrens||18||2016 Olympics F||2016.08.20||Rio de Janeiro (BRA)|
|670||72||54||+18||Leonor Rodríguez||12||2017 EuroBasket qualification||2016.11.19||Helsinki (FIN)|
|671||69||47||+22||Marta Xargay||14||2017 Friendly||2017.05.19||San Fernando|
|672||68||58||+10||Alba Torrens||32||2017 Friendly||2017.05.21||San Fernando|
|673||64||42||+22||Marta Xargay||15||2017 Friendly||2017.05.26||Torrelavega|
|674||67||51||+16||Marta Xargay||15||2017 Friendly||2017.05.28||Torrelavega|
|675||69||59||+10||Alba Torrens||19||2017 Friendly||2017.06.02||Kortrijk (BEL)|
|676||87||48||+39||Marta Xargay||19||2017 Friendly||2017.06.03||Kortrijk (BEL)|
|677||66||62||+4||Alba Torrens||19||2017 Friendly||2017.06.10||Mulhouse (FRA)|
|678||56||65||-9||Alba Torrens, Cruz||10||2017 Friendly||2017.06.11||Mulhouse (FRA)|
|679||62||48||+14||Sancho Lyttle||17||2017 EuroBasket 1R||2017.06.16||Hradec Králové (CZE)|
|680||76||54||+22||Alba Torrens||26||2017 EuroBasket 1R||2017.06.17||Hradec Králové (CZE)|
|681||63||67||-4||Sancho Lyttle||17||2017 EuroBasket 1R||2017.06.19||Hradec Králové (CZE)|
|682||67||47||+20||Alba Torrens||20||2017 EuroBasket QF||2017.06.22||Prague (CZE)|
|683||68||52||+16||Alba Torrens||20||2017 EuroBasket SF||2017.06.24||Prague (CZE)|
|684||72||55||+17||Sancho Lyttle||19||2017 EuroBasket F||2017.06.25||Prague (CZE)|
|685||92||42||+50||Laura Nicholls||14||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2017.11.11||Sofia (BUL)|
|686||92||26||+66||Marta Xargay||22||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2017.11.15||Valladolid|
|687||72||68||+4||Alba Torrens||18||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.02.10||Kiev (UKR)|
|688||97||57||+40||Queralt Casas, Marta Xargay||15||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.02.13||Guadalajara|
|689||87||81||+6||Marta Xargay||23||2018 Friendly||2018.07.05||Palma de Mallorca|
|690||84||83||+1||Alba Torrens||25||2018 Friendly||2018.07.06||Palma de Mallorca|
|691||58||46||+12||Belén Arrojo||14||2018 Friendly||2018.08.31||Valencia|
|692||65||54||+11||Marta Xargay||21||2018 Friendly||2018.09.01||Valencia|
|693||66||33||+33||Marta Xargay||17||2018 Friendly||2018.09.08||Cáceres|
|694||82||56||+26||María Conde||14||2018 Friendly||2018.09.09||Cáceres|
|695||94||90||+4||Marta Xargay||21||2018 Friendly||2018.09.15||Tenerife|
|696||65||62||+3||Alba Torrens||12||2018 Friendly||2018.09.16||Tenerife|
|697||84||71||+13||Marta Xargay||15||2018 World Cup 1R||2018.09.22||Tenerife|
|698||78||53||+25||Astou Ndour||22||2018 World Cup 1R||2018.09.23||Tenerife|
|699||63||72||-9||Alba Torrens||16||2018 World Cup 1R||2018.09.25||Tenerife|
|700||63||48||+15||Astou Ndour||14||2018 World Cup CR||2018.09.26||Tenerife|
|701||68||53||+15||Astou Ndour||16||2018 World Cup QF||2018.09.28||Tenerife|
|702||66||72||-6||Astou Ndour||17||2018 World Cup SF||2018.09.29||Tenerife|
|703||67||60||+7||Marta Xargay||17||2018 World Cup 3P||2018.09.30||Tenerife|
|704||65||48||+17||Cristina Ouviña||12||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.11.17||Amsterdam (NED)|
|705||84||71||+13||Marta Xargay||23||2019 EuroBasket qualification||2018.11.21||Melilla|
|706||77||51||+26||Gil, Vilaró, Xargay||12||2019 Friendly||2019.06.01||Burgos|
|707||58||55||+3||Marta Xargay||16||2019 Friendly||2019.06.02||Burgos|
|708||61||70||-9||Marta Xargay||12||2019 Friendly||2019.06.08||Zaragoza|
|709||73||61||+12||Andrea Vilaró||14||2019 Friendly||2019.06.09||Zaragoza|
|710||61||65||-4||Tamara Abalde||11||2019 Friendly||2019.06.14||Wevelgem (BEL)|
|711||69||46||+23||Silvia Domínguez||14||2019 Friendly||2019.06.15||Wevelgem (BEL)|
|712||87||59||+28||Marta Xargay||18||2019 Friendly||2019.06.16||Wevelgem (BEL)|
|713||62||29||+33||Astou Ndour||22||2019 Friendly||2019.06.21||Fuenlabrada|
|714||67||65||+2||Marta Xargay||15||2019 Friendly||2019.06.23||Fuenlabrada|
|715||95||77||+18||Marta Xargay||31||2019 EuroBasket 1R||2019.06.27||Riga (LAT)|
|716||67||59||+8||Astou Ndour||23||2019 EuroBasket 1R||2019.06.28||Riga (LAT)|
|717||59||56||+3||Astou Ndour||16||2019 EuroBasket 1R||2019.06.30||Riga (LAT)|
|718||78||54||+24||Astou Ndour||24||2019 EuroBasket QF||2019.07.04||Belgrade (SRB)|
|719||71||66||+5||Astou Ndour||17||2019 EuroBasket SF||2019.07.06||Belgrade (SRB)|
|720||86||66||+20||Marta Xargay||23||2019 EuroBasket F||2019.07.07||Belgrade (SRB)|
|721||51||55||-4||Leonor Rodríguez||11||2019 Friendly||2019.11.15||Zamora|
|722||58||65||-7||Leonor Rodríguez, Cristina Ouviña||12||2019 Friendly||2019.11.17||Palencia|
|723||2020 Olympics qualification||2020.02.06||Foshan (CHN)|
|724||2020 Olympics qualification||2020.02.08||Foshan (CHN)|
|725||2020 Olympics qualification||2020.02.09||Foshan (CHN)|
FIBA Women's World Cup
Roster for the FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019.
|Spain women's national basketball team – FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 roster|
- Bold denotes players still playing international basketball.
Most capped players
Top highscorers in official games (friendlies not included).
- As of 8 July 2019
- For a full list of all the 55 medallists with the senior team, see Medal winners in Spain women's national basketball team
|1963–1971||8||3||5||.375||five friendlies, three qualifiers|
|1974–1978||50||20||30||.400||12th 1974 EuroBasket|
10th 1976 EuroBasket
11th 1978 EuroBasket
|1979–1984||54||24||30||.444||10th 1980 EuroBasket|
11th 1983 EuroBasket
|1985–1992||177||91||86||.514||10th 1985 EuroBasket|
6th 1987 EuroBasket
5th 1992 Summer Olympics
8th 1994 Women's World Cup
9th 1995 EuroBasket
5th 1997 EuroBasket
5th 1998 Women's World Cup
5th 2002 Women's World Cup
6th 2004 Summer Olympics
8th 2006 Women's World Cup
5th 2008 Summer Olympics
9th 2011 EuroBasket
- "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
- Spain crowned FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 champions
- "Selección Española Absoluta Femenina de Baloncesto". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- "Selección Española Absoluta Femenina de Baloncesto". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- "Eurobasket | Selección española de baloncesto femenino | Una selección de leyenda – RTVE.es". RTVE.es (in Spanish). 26 June 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- "La dolorosa derrota que cambió para siempre a la selección femenina". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- FIBA Ranking
- "España ya tiene a las 12 para el EuroBasket". seleccionfemenina.feb.es. 17 June 2019.
- FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2019 roster
- Spanish women's national team website
- All Coaches (1963–2014)
- Marca.com (in Spanish)
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