This weekend began the final matches of the national women's basketball tournament "Luisa Amanda Espinoza" in Memoriam, in its ninth edition, at the Alexis Argüello Sports Center.
During this tournament, more than 165 female athletes from all over the country participated, representing 11 teams for 4 months, to compete for the title of national champions.
Noel González, Director of Sports of the Mayor's Office of Managua, recalled that this is the IX National Championship "Luisa Amanda Espinoza", which has allowed the promotion of basketball among women.
"We have been holding this tournament for 9 years where the girls have the opportunity to show all their skills for 4 months, the Nofear team is waiting for the winner of this semifinal, the final will also be 3 games, the champion must win 2 games, several of the players are in the national basketball team that from June 16 will represent us in the Central American Games and therein lies the importance of this tournament that allows us to detect new talents”, explained González.
In the semifinal, 3 games were played, the leading teams were the Jaguares de la UAM and Real Estelí, who won with a score of 88-33 with a difference of 55 points.
Yeslien Alfaro, a player for the Jaguares of the UAM, despite the defeat, said she was very proud of her team, which did not lose spirits in each of the matches.
"I feel proud to participate in this tournament, because basketball is classified as a sport for men, but today we are showing that women can also, the game was quite tough, the tournament was quite strong, in this sport to go long you have to to train and practice with discipline, without getting discouraged”, Alfaro said.
Among the teams that participated in the league are the American University (UAM), National Agrarian University (UNA), Tipitapa Raptors, NoFear, Eagles, Las Leonas and Las Panteras from the Mayor's Office of Managua, Real Estelí, Marlys, UNAN Managua and La Paz Centro, distributed in two groups A and B.
The grand final began this Sunday at 5 in the afternoon and according to the experts, the matches between Real Estelí and NoFear de Managua are a coin toss because both teams are strong.