AMSTERDAM (2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women) – The biggest question still unanswered at the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women is if Spain can finally hand the United States their first defeat in the history of this competition or will Team USA complete their second straight undefeated run to the gold medal.
The USA enter Sunday's Final on a 15-game winning streak in the tournament, dating back to their 8-0 run to gold in France 2010. The closest any team has come to beating the Americans was Australia, who lost 89-68 in the 2012 Quarter-Finals. In 2010, China were closest with a 23-point defeat.
Two years ago, the USA and Spain faced off for the only time in the competition in the Last Eight, with the Americans coasting to an 86-57 win. This time, Spain, who finished eighth in the last competition, will be looking to give the USA a better fight.
Mercedes Russell and Brianna Turner v Nogaye Lo and Laura Quevedo
While the Spanish backcourt will have their hands full defending the USA guards and trying to get avoid their hard-as-nails defense, the key will which team wins the battle in the blocks. Lo and Quevedo held the Japan duo of Yunika Nakamura and Evelyn Mawuli in check, but the American bigs are another level in height and experience and technique.
Before the Final, Canada and Japan will do battle in the Bronze Medal Game.