Sunday, December 14, 2008

LFB (Spain) 12/2008 - Ros Casares 94, Hondarribia 67

Ros Casares (11-1) stands on top of the Liga Feminina using the same methods it has used all year - plowing through the opposition like a bulldozer through a glass window. This time, the victim was Hondarribia (5-7), by a score of 94-67 in front of 1,300 spectators.

The box score is here. Looking at Ros Casares throughout the year, here is how the results have stacked up:

Won by 30+: 5
Won by 20+: 2
Won by 10+: 2
Won by between 4 and 9: 2
Won by between 1 and 3: 0
Lost by between 1 and 3: 0
Lost by between 4 and 9: 1 (to Perfumerias, 91-86, on the road)

Very scary. In the quarter by quarter score, El Ros didn't lose a single quarter. They held Hondarribia to just eight second quarter pounts, taking a 45-24 lead into halftime. In the fourth quarter, Coach Isma Canto of Ros Casares took his starters off the floor.

So which of Ros Casares's multiple weapons were used to obtain the victory? They outshot Hondarribia 56 percent to 47 percent. They held Hondarribia to just 21 rebounds, and only two offensive rebounds. Furthermore, Hondarribia went only 3 for 10 from the free throw line while Ros Casares went 10 for 13.

The real reason for the win was probably that Hondarribia only had seven players take the court. If I were playing for Hondarribia, I wouldn't want to take the court, either. I'd declare I had the flu or the blues or something.

Amaya Valdemoro led all Ros Casares players with 27 points and six rebounds. Anna Montanana had 10 points, four rebounds and five assists. Delisha Milton-Jones scored 13 points and five assists.

Roneeka Hodges scored nine points and Erika de Souza scored 12 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Elisa Aguilar Lopez scored zero points, but definitely dished the ball with 10 assists.

With only seven players playing, Hondarribia had four players score in double figures. Stacey Lovelace-Tolbert (remember her, Dream fans?) led all scorers with 20 points, but two rebounds and four turnovers. Helen Santos Luz scored 11 points but turned the ball over six times.

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