Monday, February 2, 2009
This Michelle Snow rebound was one of the few high points for Perfumerias.
This was a major match in the Liga Feminina - the rematch of Ros Casares (16-1) and Perfumerias (14-3). In Spanish league play, Ros Casares's only loss of the year came at the hands of second place Perfumerias, a 91-86 loss at Perfumerias on October 18th. After three months, the two teams meet again and Ros Casares doesn't need the home court advantage to dominate Perfumerias 89-50.
The box score is here.
Ros Casares thundered out to a 31-12 first quarter which would set the pace for the entire game. By halftime, El Ros led 50-25 and by the end of the third quarter, the lead was over thirty points.
Ros Casares easily won the field goal accuracy battle, 52 percent to 33 percent. Perfumerias took 54 shots overall - slightly more than the number of shots (53) that Ros Casares took from inside the 3-point arc. (Ros Casares went 6-for-16 outside the arc.) Ros Casares forced 27 Perfumerias turnovers and decisively won the battle of the boards. Perfumerias was simply never in this game.
Undoubtedly, the player of the game was Erika de Souza, who scored 22 points, and had four rebounds and six assists for Ros Casares. Jana Vesala would score 11 points and six rebounds. Delisha Milton-Jones and Elena Tornikidou would add 12 points each.
With such offensive firepower, players such as Amaya Valdemoro (10 points, 20 minutes) and Candace Wiggins (four points, 17 minutes) weren't much needed. Call it a day of rest for Ros Casares's all-star players.
Carrying the battle for Perfumerias was Michelle Snow - formerly with the Houston Comets, now a free agent - who scored 13 points and nine rebounds. Le'coe Willingham (Phoenix Mercury) would lead all Perfumerias scorers with 16 points. They were the only true high points for Perfumerias, which didn't have any other players in double figures and whose other players had disappointing performances.