Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Geraldine Robert - why don't you show Amber Holt any respect?
The Atlanta Dream might have finished dead last but for a lot of struggling European teams, Dream players have been the difference between winning and losing. Villeneuve d'Ascq wins 61-55 at home, and Sopron falls to 4-4 in Group B.
With a 2-6 record, Villeneuve d'Ascq finds itself in the same position as Nadhezda Orenburg in Group B - hoping to win the last two games and finish in fourth place. Fourth place means you move on to the second round; fifth place means you're dead.
The boxscore is here. A writeup linking to a small gallery can be found here. (No Izi pics. Guess we have to give up our pics to get Sancho Lyttle.)
The first half of the game was marked by instability - Sopron was held to nine first quarter points and Villeneuve d'Ascq was held to nine second quarter points. With the score 30-28 in favor of Sopron, Villeneuve d'Ascq came back to tie it at 45-45 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Jolene Anderson sparked an 8-0 run for Villeneuve d'Ascq that secured the win for the home squad.
Sopron shot better than Villeneuve d'Ascq - 46 percent to 41 percent - but it turns out to be misleading. First, Sopron took fewer shots. Second, Villeneuve d'Ascq went 7-for-17 behind the arc - Sopron went 0 for 10; all of their field goals were worth two points. Villeneuve d'Ascq was also slighty better at the offensive boards.
Ljubica Drljaca had 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists for Villeneuve d'Ascq. Geraldine Robert scored 17 points. Iziane Castro Marques scored 12 points, but it took her 17 shots to make those points. Jolene Anderson picked up nine points.
Three players finished in double figures for Sopron: Jelena Milovanovic scored 16 points, Katalin Honti scored 10 points and three rebounds, and Amber Holt scored 10 points and five rebounds. Holt is a rookie forward with the Connectict Sun.