Sunday, December 21, 2008
Ivory Latta might not be in Turkey anymore, but Alison Bales still is. Bales, who plays for Samsun (7-2) didn't contribute much to the game against Mersin (7-3), but a stellar performance by Erlana Larkins made up for it as Samsun won on the road 81-77.
According to a writeup that becomes word salad when inserted into a "free online translator" (!), Mersin took an 11-5 lead to start the game but Samsun fought back to tie the score after one quarter and begin to slowly pull away. After three quarters the lead was nine points, with Samsun ahead 64-55. Mersin stated a comeback with the help of Mistie Williams and at one point closed the gap to within two points, 69-67 Samsun. Samsun, however, was just too much for the home team and maintained their lead for the rest of the game.
In terms of shooting percentage, Samsun had a slight 43 to 39 percent advantage, but Mersin actually scored more goals. Furthermore, Mersin only committed 11 turnovers. Unfortunately for Mersin, they would send Samsun to the free throw line 29 times, and Samsun hit 26 of their shots. Three out of ten Samsun points were scored at the free throw line.
Allie Quigley, a graduate of DePaul University, scored 18 points and four fouls. Makbule Amachree - who might be Maktabene Amachree, a former WNBA player - scored 15 points and eight rebounds. Mistie Williams (Houston Comets) scored 17 points. Lindsey Harding (Minnesota Lynx) would score eight points, but turn the ball over six times. Olympia Scott (Phoenix Mercury) scored eight points but fouled out.
For Samsun, Erlana Larkins was the player of the day scored 29 points and 13 rebounds, a double-double augmented with four assists. Julie McBride scored 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Alison Bales would only score five points, but had eight rebounds.