Saturday, March 14, 2009
Estudiantes (5-17), in their road victory against Gran Canaria (5-17) has not only managed to pull themselves just a slight bit away from the possibility of relegation at the end of the season but has made the question of relegation that much more complicated. With the Estudiantes win, four teams (Extrugasa, Estudiantes, Gran Canaria and Zaragoza) are tied for last place in the Liga Feminina.
The box score is here.
Estudiantes took a 21-18 lead after the first quarter but Gran Canaria retook the lead in the second quarter. At halftime, Gran Canaria led 41-36 but Gran Canaria would be held to 30 points in the second half. By the end of the third quarter, Gran Canaria only led by one point, 56-55 and in the last quarter, Estudiantes took the lead with four minutes left, 67-66. Sandra Ygueravide added seven points for Estudiantes in the final two minutes of the game to seal the victory.
Both teams made 48 percent of their attempted field goals. The big difference was that Estudiantes went 13-for-27 in 3-point shooting - they scored more points by the long bomb than in any other way. Furthermore, Estudiantes was helped in only turning the ball over nine times.
Iva Perovanovic: 18 points, 8 rebounds
Ines Kresovic: 19 points.
Tiina Sten: 2 points in only 7 minutes played for the St. John's graduate.
Laura Herrera Boxo: 12 points, 5 rebounds.
Brooke Wyckoff: 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Nikki Teasley: 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting.
Elin Eldebrink: 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.