June 16, 2021 - by
TWO SEMINOLES PREPARING FOR FIBA WOMEN’S EUROBASKET

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – Two Florida State Women’s Basketball Alumnae in Leonor Rodriguez and Maria Conde will suit up for the Spanish Women’s National Team as it battles other nations in the FIBA Women’s Eurobasket held June 17-27 in the countries of France and Spain.

Rodriguez played for the Seminoles from 2009-13, capping her FSU career as an All-ACC First Team player in 2013. The native of the Canary Islands also played on the Spanish National Team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, helping it to the first silver medal in the country’s history.

TWO SEMINOLES PREPARING FOR FIBA WOMEN’S EUROBASKET

Conde (Madrid, Spain) spent two seasons with FSU from 2015-17, being part of an NCAA Sweet 16 group in 2016 as well as an NCAA Elite Eight squad in 2017. She played in 68 games for the Seminoles and has accelerated her professional career since, playing for high-level squads that include USK Praha of the Czech Republic most recently.

“I’m so proud of both Leo and Maria! Once again they have the ultimate opportunity of representing their country on such a big stage,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Our ‘ProfessioNOLES’ mean so much to us and they’re two of our brightest stars. The way they’ve developed beyond their time at FSU is a credit to who they are and all the work they’ve put in.”

In Conde’s most recent season with USK Praha, she averaged 15.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the floor as well as 82.7 percent from the line. Rodriguez has been playing with Avenida Salamanca in Spain and averaged 7.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and has shot 51 percent from the floor in 2020-21.

Both players have made major commitments in training with the Spanish Women’s National Team.

The FIBA Women’s Eurobasket is co-hosted by France in Strasbourg and Spain in Valencia and includes 16 nations competing for the top six spots that will punch their tickets to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournaments.

Spain holds a world rank of third but is the top-ranked team in Europe. The country has three group stage games that occur on Thursday, June 17 (vs. Belarus at 2:50 p.m. ET), Friday (vs. Sweden at 2:50 p.m. ET) and Saturday (vs. Slovakia at 2:50 p.m. ET). All games can be seen on ESPN+.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will follow, with the championship game being on Sunday, June 27.

While the 2020 Summer Olympic roster for the Spanish National Team has yet to be announced, both Rodriguez and Conde will look to represent their country as Spain tips off the Games in Tokyo on July 26 vs. Korea.

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