Thursday, February 12, 2009
The only pic I could find. The person shooting is Izi. Or maybe not.
Extrugasa (4-14) has had a great last four days or so. Not only have their won their second game in a row - this time against fellow cellar-dweller Gran Canaria (4-14) at home by a score of 64-55 - but they are no longer alone in last place in the Liga Feminina and if they can keep their level of play up, they might avoid relegation at the end of the year.
I almost overlooked this game. There certainly wasn't any notice on the FEB website. This game was a make-up game that had been postponed due to bad weather that kept Gran Canaria's team from leaving their island paradise.
The box score is here.
For a few moments, Extrugasa fans wondered if their team was going to be on the ropes again. Gran Canaria took an 18-13 lead to start the game in the first 10 minutes and Extrugasa was looking at a six-point halftime deficit, 34-28. However, in the third quarter Grand Canaria was held to just seven points and after three quarters Extrugasa led 47-41, a lead they were able to extend by three points before the final buzzer.
Neither team exactly shot the lights out. Extrugasa's field goal percentage rested at 40 percent, but Gran Canaria only shot 33 percent from the floor. Gran Canaria turned the ball over 18 times to Extrugasa's ten. However, Gran Canaria hit 18 of 22 free throws compared to the 11 of 13 free throws from Extrugasa - for Extrugasa, it was definitely an atypical day at the free throw line.
The MVP of the game was undoubtedly Atlanta's own Iziane Castro Marques, who scored 24 points with 9-for-16 shooting and hit five of six of her free throws. Extrugasa veteran Taru Tuukkanen scored 15 poitns and six rebounds for the home team, and Elisha Turek scored six points and five rebounds for Extrugasa.
Left to carry the burden for Gran Canaria were Doukole Ble with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Iva Perovanovic with 12 points and 10 rebounds - it's very odd that the only double-doubles of the game were scored by the losing team. Tiina Sten, a graduate of St. Johns, only scored two points in just three minutes of play.