Salvadores leads Spain to gold medal at FIBA U18 European Championship

Angela Salvadores has yet to take the court in a Duke uniform, but that hasn't stopped her from compiling an impressive list of accomplishments.

The incoming Blue Devil freshman added yet another accolade to her resume Sunday, leading Spain to a victory in the gold medal game of the FIBA U18 European Championship. Salvadores—who took home tournament MVP honors— notched a game-high 27 points to pace the Spanish as they knocked off France 76-60 to claim the title in Celje, Slovenia.

The 5-foot-8 point guard shot 10-for-23 from the field and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line, chipping in seven rebounds and four assists to round out her stat line. With Spain down 16-10 after a rough opening quarter, Salvadores poured in eight points in a critical second period during which the Spanish outscored the French 25-11.

In Spain's 10-point victory against Italy in the semifinals, Salvadores once again was all over the floor, notching 18 points and four rebounds. The Leon, Spain, native tied for the tournament scoring title with 20.0 points per game in eight contests.

With fall semester classes slated to begin in two weeks in Durham, Salvadores has kept herself busy against international competition this summer. She guided her team to the semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Championships last month, where Spain was defeated by the United States and Blue Devil forward Azura Stevens, who went on to claim the gold medal.

Salvadores was ranked the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2015 by ESPN and figures to see plenty of action for head coach Joanne P. McCallie this season.


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