Sunday, February 1, 2009
Paleo Faliro (10-7) is in the middle of a three game losing streak. They have no trouble with the underdogs of the Greek Women's A1 but when they play the elite teams (or what passes as elite), they seem to hit a wall. This time, it was Esperides (15-2) which got the best of the visiting Paleo Faliro squad as they lost 65-50.
The box score is here.
Paleo Faliro's problem was a simple one - they got behind in the first quarter 22-9 and no matter how hard they played after that, they could never catch up. Paleo Faliro was behind 37-24 at halftime, and the gap betwen Esperides and Paleo Faliro seems to have stayed in the double digit range throughout the entire game.
As for the keys to the game, the truth is fairly straightforwards - Esperides won the battle of overall shooting, 50 percent to 40 percent against Paleo Faliro. They won the battle of rebounding and even though Esperides committed 19 turnovers, Paleo Faliro answered back with 24 turnovers. The only place Paleo Faliro beat their counterparts was in trips to the free throw line - but Esperides only sent the visitors to the line eight times. 7-for-8 overall free throw shooting wasn't enough to overcome a double digit deficit.
Leading the fight for Esperides was Erica Davis, who scored a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds. She also had four steals. Davis graduated from Yale University in 2007. Stella Kaltsidou added 15 points and five rebounds and Olg Hatzinikolaou scored 11 points for Esperides.
Teana Miller scored 13 points and eight rebounds for Paleo Faliro and Fotoula Volonaki would be the team's lead scorer with 14 points. Kristin Haynie had a particularly disappointing showing with eight points on 3-for-10 shooting and four turnovers.