In a summer marked by the good work of the Spanish training teams, the women’s U18s won the sixth medal after a grand final in which they could not win gold. Spain and Lithuania played one of those matches that will take time to forget, with success, rhythm and a lot of emotion. The perfect mix to engrave a game in the memory of those who lived it.
The clash, which had various protagonists over the minutes, had two proper names above the rest. That of Juste Jocyte, who made an exhibition to win the title, and that of Elena Buenavida, who rushed on all the Spanish options to lift the trophy. However, at what historical moment are the two performances in Europe U18?
Reviewing the records of the championship, Buenavida and Jocyte signed the two best scores in the history of the European U18 finals. The Spaniard rose to 36 points (13/20 TC), accompanied by 5 rebounds and 2 assists, while the Lithuanian reached 28 points, 9 sacks and 7 assists.
Since its inception in 1965, removing the editions that had a round robin format (1965, 1967, 1969 and 1979) and 1996 (FIBA could not recover the records of this match), only 9 players had managed to reach 25 points. And, until the arrival of this duo in 2022, the maximum was 27 goals, a figure that had been signed by Ángela Salvadores, Aurime Runkeviciute, Elena Navoikava and Marina Ferragut.
It was Elena Buenavida’s trance:
Elena Buenavida’s 3️⃣6️⃣ points in the final of the #FIBAU18Europe 🔥
– Junior Giants (@GIGANTESJunior) August 15, 2022
Here is the full list:
36 — Elena Buenavida (Spain, 2022) against Lithuania. Silver. 36 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. 13/20 CT.
28 — Just Jocytus (Lithuania, 2022) against Spain. Gold. 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. 6/11 CT.
27 — angela saviors (Spain, 2015) against France. Gold. 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. 10/23 CT.
27 — Aurime Runkeviciute (Lithuania, 2008) against Russia. Gold. 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, 10/20 FG.
27 — Elena Navoikava (Commonwealth of Independent States, 1992) against Bulgaria. Gold. 27 points.
27 — Marina Ferragut (Spain, 1990) against USSR. Silver. 27 points.
26 — Jelena Brooks (Serbia, 2007) against Spain. Gold. 26 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 5/17 FG.
26 — Tatiana Widmer (Russia, 2004) against Spain. Gold. 26 points, 23 rebounds, 2 assists. 11/24 CT.
26 — Chrystele Doumergue (France, 1981) against USSR. Silver. 26 points.
25 — Emma Meessemann (Belgium, 2011) against France. Gold. 25 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. 8/12 CT.
25 — Uliana Semenova (USSR, 1971) against Czechoslovakia. Gold. 25 points.
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