Friday, February 13, 2009
When Gran Canaria (4-15) allowed Ros Casares (18-1) to visit, the message sent by El Ros was most likely, "Look, don't exert yourself. Sit down. Relax, and this will be painless." Ros Casares would win on the road, in a 85-64 victory that could have been a lot worse.
The box score is here.
In the first quarter...well, the less said about that the better. Ros Casares scored 37 points in the first quarter alone, or about two baskets every minute. With Ros Casares taking a 20-point lead after the first quarter, Gran Canaria would only win one of the remaining quarters. Life isn't easy when you're at the bottom.
Ros Casares won the shooting battle, hitting 47 percent of their field goals to Gran Canaria's 40 percent. They also outrebounded the home team 41-29. Ros Casares had more turnovers but...were they really trying.
As for free throw shooting? Ros Casares visited the free throw line 18 times. They hit 15 free throws. Whereas Gran Canaria visited the line 16 times, and hit only nine.
The best performances from Gran Canaria probably came from Vanessa Ble (it looks like she's not calling herself Doukole Ble anymore) scoring nine points and ten rebounds. Iva Perovanovic scored 14 points and seven rebounds, but committed four turnovers and turned the ball over four times. Tiina Sten, a graduate of St. Johns, scored only two points in 13 minutes of play.
The player of the game was Ros Casares's Erika de Souza, who scored a double double with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Jana Vesala added 13 points and four rebounds. Former and curent WNBA players like Amaya Valdemoro (13 points), Delisha Milton-Jones (11 points) and Candace Wiggins (five points) probably enjoyed the rest in a game where no one on the visiting team played more than 22 minutes.
Ros Casares is definitely in the post-season. As for Gran Canaria, they have fallen to last place in the Liga Feminina, and only have seven games to dig themselves out or face relegation.