Sunday, November 23, 2008

PLKK 12/2008 - Rybnik 78, Leszno 72

Kasha Terry (#35) and her friends celebrate another job well done.

Even though the PLKK hasn't made it to the halfway point of the season, Rybnik (8-4) has played half of its games. Each team plays all of its league opponents once at home, and once away. Despite their win over a team from Leszno (3-8) on Saturday by a score of 78-72, Utex Row Rybnik is still stuck in sixth place - there are six teams over .500; the rest are under.

A gallery of pictures from the game is here.

Looking at the quarter-by-quarter score, this appears to be a very close game. The game was tied at halftime 44-44, and even though Rybnik had a three point lead at the end of the third quarter - the score was 60-57 - a three-point lead is nothing in basketball. It's one of those games I read about and say, "Boy, I wish Utex Row Rybnik carried some sort of live feed."

Visiting Rybnik outshot home team Leszno 44 percent to 37 percent. Rybnik won the battle of rebounding, but Leszno had three more offensive rebounds than the women of Rybnik. Leszno would send their visitors to the line 24 times, and this would give Rybnik seven extra points - which, if you look at the score, might have been the key to Rybnik's victory.

Two players did the bulk of the heavy lifting for Leszno. The first was Ashley Shields, who played seven games as a member of the Detroit Shock this year. Shields led all players on both teams with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Assisting her was Edyta Krysiewicz with 24 points. DeTrina White, who last played for the New York Liberty in 2005, was a recent acquisition by Leszno and scored six points in her debut.

For Rybnik, Nataliya Trafimava led with 24 points and seven rebounds. Kasha Terry had a great day, scoring 19 points on 7 for 11 shooting and 5 for 5 shooting from the free throw line. She also picked up nine rebounds. Ketia Swanier would score 18 points and seven rebounds in her second game for Rybnik.

LaTangela Atkinson was suffering from a concussion and did not play.

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