Unicaja women seal promotion to the second tier in dramatic fashion

The Unicaja squad celebrate promotion to the Liga Femenina 2 at Los Guindos on Sunday.
The Unicaja squad celebrate promotion to the Liga Femenina 2 at Los Guindos on Sunday. / Germán Pozo
  • Despite defeat in their final game against Estepona, the Malaga side will play in the Liga Femenina 2 next season

The project may only be two years old, but Unicaja's women's team are making great strides. Sunday saw the side from Malaga earn promotion to the Liga Femenina 2, the national second tier, albiet after defeat in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Unbeaten until that moment, Unicaja faced Estepona at Los Guindos knowing that fine margins would decide their fate. Following Asisa Alhaurín de la Torre's relegation, the two sides faced off to see who would be Malaga province's only representative in the second division.

If Estepona won by six points, they would go up; if Unicaja won, or even lost by up to two points, it would be them who would earn promotion. But few would have expected how it would play out.

With scores level after the final quarter at 68-68, extra time was needed and the first period couldn't settle the affair either (73-73). However, in the second period, Unicaja eventually fell to a 88-87 defeat - just enough for them to achieve their objective.

An ambitious project

Having consolidated the project at youth development level and now achieved a place in the 'silver' division, the club is preparing to embark on an ambitious new project to ensure that they won't just be making up the numbers next year.

The Unicaja Foundation will continue to back the youth teams to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for young players to continue their progression into the first team, but funds will also be made available to bring in higher-calibre players, including an American or two, to increase the side's point-scoring potential.