Saturday, January 10, 2009
Erlana Larkins starts a kickline team in Samsun.
Samsun (8-2) probably didn't think that they would be where they are this year in the TBBL. This was their first year coming into the league, and with league powers Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray dominating the league, they probably hoped they'd make a good effort and stay out of relegation. Instead, they find themselves in second place at the halfway point of the season with a decisive 93-66 win against visiting Panküp (5-5)
The standard box score won't give you a hint of how strange and exiting this game was for Samsun. Samsun took a 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and managed to hold that lead into halftime, leading 39-31. However, Panküp staged a third quarter rally, and managed to take the lead by one point, 48-47 over Samsun.
The lead seesawed back and forth, with Samsun up 53-51 after a Panküp field goal. Samsun then proceeded to go on a 14-0 run for the rest of the quarter to lead 67-51 after thirty minutes.
In the fourth quarter, Samsun continued its run, scoring the first six fourth quarter points to extend the run to 20-0 and take a 73-51 lead. Panküp would not recover and Samsun would cruise to an easy victory.
In field goal percentage, Samsun led 52 percent to 34 percent. Most of Samsun's field goal percentage probably came from that 20-0 run. Panküp attempted 25 3-point shots, almost as many shots from outside the 3-point arc as inside the arc. Unfortunately, inside the arc Panküp was only shooting 28 percent.
Adeola Olanrewaju of Samsun had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Julie McBride had the second double-double for Samsun, but in assists, with 14 points and 10 assists. Erlana Larkins would have the third and most overwhleming of the double-doubles with 23 points and 11 rebounds (and also four steals). With all that firepower on hand, Alison Bales would only play 17 minutes and score just five points.
For Panküp, Nazli Guler led with 17 points and Laurie Koehn (a guard for the Washington Mystics) scored 15 points, the only two double digit scorers for Panküp. La Nedra Brown, who played for both Duke and Seton Hall, scored five points and five rebounds in 34 minutes of play.
Camille Little (Seattle Storm) and Lisa Willis (New York Liberty) didn't play at all. I wonder what's going on there. Perhaps they're late getting back to Turkey. They certainly could have helped Panküp.