Sunday, February 22, 2009
Ibiza's (10-10) quest to climb out of the middle of the pack in the Liga Feminina and finish fourth or better - a fourth place finish guarantees the home field advantage in the first round - was set back today with an 86-74 road loss against San José (11-9) despite a great game by future Atlanta Dream player Sancho Lyttle.
The box score is here.
Ibiza took the lead in the first half of the game. Ibiza led after the first quarter 27-21 but by halftime San José had closed the gap to three points, 41-38. San José continued to surge forward, and by the end of the third quarter led 61-60. In the fourth quarter, San José held Ibiza to just 11 points to finish off the visitors.
San José had a slighty better shooting percentage than the visitors, at 50 percent to 47 percent. San José scored 34 rebounds, including 14 offensive rebounds.
Kimberly Butler: 27 points, 4 rebounds. Butler, an Oregon State graduate, shot 12-for-20 during the game.
Eshaya Murphy: 29 points, 7 rebounds. Murphy, a member of the Washington Mystics, would have been the best player of the game if not for five turnovers.
Maria Sanchez-Aguilera: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals.
Sancho Lyttle: 20 points, 11 rebounds for the only double-double of the game. The future member of the Atlanta Dream shot 9-for-13.
Shannon Johnson: 19 points, 3 assists, 3 steals...and 6 turnovers.
Sandra Pirsic: 14 points, 7 rebounds.