Spain wins EuroBasket, beating France in final
Sancho Lyttle scored 19 points and Alba Torrens added 18 to help Spain win the EuroBasket tournament on Sunday with a 71-55 victory over France.
The Spaniards were already assured a spot in the FIBA women’s basketball world cup next year as the host city. The top five teams from the EuroBasket advance to the world cup, but since Spain already had qualified the sixth-place team also earned a spot in the 2018 tournament.
Belgium finished third, beating Greece 78-45, to earn the country’s first bronze medal ever in the tournament. Turkey topped Latvia 72-63 for the final two spots. It will be the first time that Latvia will ever compete in the world cup. Latvia reached the fifth-place game with a wild one-point win over Italy in the consolation semifinals.
The U.S. clinched a spot by winning the Olympics last year. The remaining nine spots in the world cup will be determined later this year.