Saturday, February 14, 2009
For Atlanta Dream players in Spain it has been a good week. Ros Casares won. Extrugasa won not once, but twice. It was up to Ibiza (10-9) to complete the trifecta, and at home Ibiza sent Cadi la Seu (6-13) to another loss with a 69-54 home victory.
It is Ibiza's seventh win in the last eight games. The arrival of Sancho Lyttle and Shannon "Pee Wee" Johnson was the key to turning Ibiza's season around.
The box score is here.
The first quarter was an even one, but it was the second quarter that secured the game for Ibiza - Ibiza scored 23 points in the second quarter and held Cadi la Seu to just six points. Leading 39-20 at the half and 58-35 after three quarters, Ibiza allowed Cadi la Seu a little mini-run in the fourth quarter -- but 23 points is just usually too much to overcome in ten minutes.
Despite only hitting 2 of 17 3-point attempts, Ibiza still had a 42 percent field goal percentaes. Cadi la Seu only hit 2-for-10 from three-point land and shot just 40 percent overall. Ibiza had 44 rebounds - with Sancho Lyttle doing most of the work. Ibiza's greatest weakness was in hanging on to the ball, turning the ball over 22 times in the game - but Cadi la Seu was even worse, turning the ball over 23 times.
Four players on the Ibiza squad scored in double figures, but the Queen of the Game was future Atlanta play Sancho Lyttle, who dominated the game. She scored 20 points and 21 rebounds for a 20-point double-double. Silvia Morales scored 12 points and six rebounds, and had eight assists for Ibiza (but she also had eight of Ibiza's 22 turnovers). Shannon Johnsonscored 10 points in 24 minutes of play. Johnson was Lyttle's teammate last year in Houston, but was not chosen in the dispersal draft.
Marta Zurro lead all Cadi la Seu players with 13 points. Sonia Borges dos Reis scored 12 points and four rebounds for the visitors.