July 16, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's basketball rising junior Marta Hermida earned her first FIBA gold medal Sunday as Spain's U20 National Team defeated Slovenia, 73-63, to win the FIBA U20 Women's European Championship in Matosinhos, Portugal.
Hermida joins former Bronco guard Yaiza Rodriguez (2014-17) as international gold medalists in the Boise State program. Rodriguez won three golds representing Spain, being part of title-winning squads at the 2011 FIBA U16 European Championship, the 2013 FIBA U18 European Championship and the 2015 FIBA U20 European Championship.
In Portugal, Hermida appeared in three games, going 1-for-5 from the floor with two rebounds and three steals. For Spain, the title is its third-straight at the U20 European Championship, and sixth out of the last seven events.
Hermida, the 2016 Mountain West Freshman of the Year and a member of that season's Mountain West All-Freshman Team, started 32 of 33 contests for Boise State in 2016-17, averaging 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.82 assists per game as Boise State captured the Mountain West Tournament title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. Over two seasons in Boise, Hermida has appeared in 63 games, starting 62 of those, averaging 8.9 points over 27.7 minutes per game as the Broncos have racked up a record of 44-19.
The Madrid native and engineering major is one of two Broncos competing internationally for Spain this summer. Incoming freshman Sofía Galerón competed at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup from June 30-July 2, helping the Spanish team top Pool D with a 4-0 mark, including a victory over defending champion France, before falling in the quarterfinals to Hungary. Galerón is currently in camp with Spain's U18 national team, competing for a spot on the final 12-woman squad which will compete at the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship in Sopron, Hungary from Aug. 5-13.