Saturday, February 14, 2009
Perhaps, winning is just a matter of habit. It seems that way for Extrugasa (5-14). Extrugasa hadn't won a Liga Feminina game in almost four months. Taking a two-game winning streak on the road, Extrugasa traveled to third place Rivas Ecópolis (14-5) and with neither team playing ten players, Extrugasa scores a surprising 65-55 road win for its third in a row.
The box score is here.
Extrugasa would end the first quarter with a 20-15 lead, but the hard part would be keeping the lead against a tough team. With a halftime lead of 38-33, Extrugasa managed to hang on to their lead and held Rivas Ecópolis to just 22 points over the second half.
Extrugasa had a great shooting day - they shot 54 percent from the field compared to 38 percent from Rivas Ecópolis. The visitors even out rebounded Rivas Ecópolis 36-24. Despite Extrugasa's 17 turnovers, Rivas Ecópolis would only visit the free throw line eight times and hit six shots.
Petra Ujhelyi scored 18 points and seven rebounds for home team Rivas Ecopolis. It almost seems like a different team from the one that played Extrugasa in November. Roneeka Hodges - recently added to the Minnesota Lynx after being "dispersed" from Houston - scored 12 points and five assists. Ruth Riley of the Silver Stars would play nine minutes, go 0-for-4 and commit four fouls. Laura Camps Collell, a Spanish native that once played for Florida International, scored only two points in 22 minutes of play.
Iziane Castro Marques had another great game, shooting 6-for-9 from the field and scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Elisha Turek scored 16 points and nine rebounds for Extrugasa. Veteran Taru Tuukkanen added 14 points to the winning team's total, and scored six rebounds.