First goal accomplished. The Venezuelan women's basketball team got its ticket to FIBA Americup 2023 on Wednesday.
With a solid 79-43 victory against Ecuador, Venezuela also managed to sign up for the semifinals of the Women's South American, Argentina 2022.
The defensive order and a great offensive intensity marked the way for Eduardo Pinto's team in what was the last day of the group stage.
"We have what we wanted and that is why we worked so hard to qualify for the Americuo... We lost against Argentina, but we never gave up and thank God we were able to win against Paragay and Ecuador," Estefani Fajardo commented at the end of the match.
"This was given to us by the defense," said the pivot, who commanded the Venezuelan attack with 22 points.
Superior from start to finish
Estefani Fajardo and Daniela Wallen joined forces so that Venezuela started with an overwhelming pace and won the partial 22-15. A dozen of those 22 points came through Fajardo.
Already in the second quarter the offense was distributed in a more balanced way, highlighting Ivaney Márquez (with eight points), Nohelia Chile and Guadalupe Díaz (both with four)
Venezuela arrived at halftime with an indisputable dominance 46-27.
The third quarter was the only one that could be dominated by Ecuador (14-10), taking advantage of long distance shots and preventing Venezuela from running on the court. But that did not prevent the criollas from reaching the final 10 minutes with a 56-41 advantage.
Venezuela rediscovered its game in the last quarter and with an impressive 23-2 sentenced the actions.
In addition to Fajardo, Daniela Wallen stood out with 13 points and Ivaney Márquez with a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds.
For Paraguay the best was Erika Calderón with 12 cards.