Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Euroleague 5/2008 - Villeneuve d'Ascq 71, Riga 53

Iziane Castro Marques asks a player from Riga, "Which side is my best side?"

For the last four games in Euroleague, Villeneuve d'Ascq (1-4) had been looking for a win and getting nowhere. There was a real danger of going 0-5, so if Villeneuve d'Ascq wanted to make its own luck, they would have to beat Riga (1-4), a Latvian team only one place head of them in Group B. Villeneuve d'Ascq administered a 71-53 beating to Riga at home in front of over 1,000 spectators.

The writeup is here. The writeup makes it sound as if the outcome of the game was never in doubt.

The boxscore is here.

Villeneuve d'Ascq led every quarter, taking a 40-23 lead into halftime. By the end of the third quarter, Villeneuve d'Ascq led 58-37, and at one time Villeneuve d'Ascq led by 30 points, 68-38. Riga went on a 15-3 run to finish the game, but I suspect Villeneuve was thinking about a hot meal at home by that time.

It wasn't a great shooting game from either team, each team shooting under 40 percent. Villeneuve d'Ascq led in both offensive and defensive rebounding, and had fewer turnovers. Villeneuve d'Ascq shot 84 percent from the line, with Riga only shooting 50 percent.

Five players for Villenueve d'Ascq shot in double figures, and two had double-doubles! Geraldine Robert had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Martina Rejchová scored 10 points and 10 rebounds. Iziane Castro Marques scored 10 points (but it took her 19 shots to do it). Jolene Anderson contributed 11 points.

Essence Carson scored 14 points, but turned the ball over seven times. Carson was a rookie for the New York Liberty last year. Tatyana Troina scored 11 points. Two players rolled seven-come-eleven: Elizaveta Kityzina and Ieva Kublina scored seven points and 11 rebounds each.

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