Saturday, October 25, 2008

LFB (Spain) 4/2008 - Ros Casares 74, Olesa 72

This was a big game for Olesa (3-2), who hadn't won last year in league play against Ros Casares (4-1). With Ros Casares stumbling at times, Olesa hoped that they might be able to knock off a top ranked team, but fell just short in an 74-72 loss at home in Barcelona.

The boxscore for the game is here.

The hope for Olesa was to stop Erika de Souza. It worked - De Souza only scored six points along with their eight rebounds. Unfortunately for Olesa, two other players on Ros Casares scored forty points combined.

Olesa scored 47 percent from the floor compared to 43 percent for Ros Casares. Olesa outrebounded Ros Casares 44 to 27, but Ros Casares had an unusually low number of turnovers - only six - compared to 19 for Olesa. It would be very interesting to see how many turnovers of those Ros Casares was able to turn into baskets, because the only battle I see Ros Casares winning in the boxscore was turnovers.

For Olesa, Cristal Kelly had a double double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Kelly was a rookie forward for the Sacramento Monarchs in 2008. Tracy Reid scored 11 points and seven rebounds. Reid was a six-year veteran in the WNBA, last playing with the Phoenix Mercury in 2003. Anna Cruz would score 14 poitns.

With Olesa attempting to hold down de Souza, Amaya Valdemoro scored 20 points and five rebounds and Anna Montañana scored 20 points Delisha Milton-Jones scored 12 points and Roneeka Hodges added four points.

Pictures will come, of course, when I can find them. Ros Casares is pretty well covered; I should have something soon.

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