Sthefany Thomas hasn't been able to get too much time on a computer to blog about the team's travels in Europe.
She sent a quick note to update what's been going on:
'Things here are not so great. We played Spain the first game and lost by 12. I had 21 and today Friday we played Korea and I had 20. The weather here is really hot and the city Bratislava is pretty. Hopefully we will go visit the castle of Slovakia. This is a great experience and the level of playing is so much greater than what I've ever played. I've learned so much, especially with the different languages spoken in this tournament!'
Here, according to the tournament's official Web site, is how Argentina has been doing:
On Thursday, Argentina lost to Spain, 67-54, in its first game in Slovakia. Thomas led the team with 21 points and three rebounds, including a 3-pointer that put Argentina ahead to start the fourth quarter. Thomas and Spain's Laura Nicholls, who finished the game with seven points and an incredible 24 rebounds, hit back-to-back baskets good for two lead changes in the fourth quarter. Then Spain got a 3-pointer from Gabriela Ocete with about seven minutes to go and didn't give up the lead the rest of the game.
The next day, Argentina fell to South Korea, 80-68. Argentina wasn't far behind during the first half, only down by about five points. But in the third, South Korea pulled ahead behind Ajeong Kang, who finished the game with 24 points and eight rebounds. South Korea also had double-doubles from Youjin Lee and Danbi Kim. Thomas led her team with 20 points and eight rebounds.
On Saturday, Argentina had its third loss of the tournament to the host Slovak Republic, 78-65. Thomas was Argentina's leading scorer for the third time in as many games with 25 points. Slovakia led for most of the game, though Argentina battled back to take a two-point lead at the beginning of the third quarter. Slovakia came back in the fourth to claim the 13-point win.
Monday, Argentina won its first game of the tournament in the first classification round, beating Cote D'Ivoire, 73-55. Thomas got a lot of help offensively from a couple of her teammates in the win. She had 13 points, including going 7-for-7 at the free-throw line. Andrea Boquete led Argentina with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Sofia Castillo had 15 points and four rebounds.
Today, Argentina plays Japan, which also was winless in the preliminary round, but just beat Mali 87-72 on Monday. Because Argentina went winless in the preliminary round, the highest the team can finish is 13th.
Before Monday's games, Thomas was the third-highest scorer in the tournament with 19.8 points per game. Sweden's Frida Eldebrink leads all scorers with 25.5 points per game and Kang is second with 21 points per game.
Team USA has yet to lose a game in the tournament, thanks in large part to Orlando First Academy's Krystal Thomas, the only Florida player on the team. The Duke-bound Thomas had three double-doubles in four games for Team USA.