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Argentina building winning momentum

gisela_vegaArgentina have completed a successful trip to Canada and returned home to Buenos Aires to continue their warm-ups for the FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

Cristian Santander’s side prevailed in three friendly games in North America with plenty of players showing promise.

Taking on a Quebec selection, Argentina won 72-59 with Gisela Vega’s 16 points a team-high. Natacha Perez poured in 12 and both Carolina Sanchez and Agostina Burani chipped in 11.

Cecilia Lineira and Paula Reggiardo are recovering from injuries and weren’t able to take part.

In the second contest against the University of Windsor, a side that had three players make the Canada squad for the 2013 Summer Universiade (World University Games) in Kazan, Russia, Argentina rolled to a 90-40 triumph with Vega again in fine fettle.

A 31-year-old power forward who has ended a seven-year absence from the national side by playing this summer, one in which she has already averaged 17.6 points and eight rebounds for second-place Argentina at the South America Championship, Vega scored 19 points.

Young forward Macarena Rosset scored 22 points in that game.

Against Quebec again, Argentina were more decisive winners.

Rosset had 14 points and Vega 13 as Santander’s team cruised to a 76-46 victory.

Argentina, after another phase of preparations at home, will on 15 September travel to Puerto Rico to take on their national team for more friendlies before departing for Xalapa, Mexico, where the FIBA Americas Championship will be played.

That tournament will serve as a qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

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