Saturday, March 21, 2009
With four games left in the regular season going into this game, this is the right time for Ibiza (12-11) to get hot. It's beginning to look like the rule in the Liga Feminina is ".500 and you're in the playoffs". Against Gran Canaria (5-18), Ibiza took one more step toward clinching a playoff spot with a 76-64 win against the visitors.
The box score is here.
The win could have been a lot worse: Ibiza led 43-30 at halftime and added six more points to their lead to make the score 63-44 after three quarters. Gran Canaria was able to hold Ibiza to 13 points in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't overcome a 19 point deficit with just ten minutes remaining.
Ibiza made 54 of its field goal attempts, but if you don't count 3-point attempts, they were 22-for-32 - a 69 percent success rate. Gran Canaria, a team struggling at the bottom of the lead, made only 41 percent of its field goal attempts. Ibiza would have 16 turnovers in the game but Gran Canaria would exceed that with 18 turnovers. Gran Canaria hit 9 of 12 of its free throw attempts, but even though Ibiza only made 53 percent of its free throws, their 8-for-15 scoring virtually matched Gran Canaria's.
Silva Morales Martin: 20 points, 4 assists, 4 turnovers.
Sancho Lyttle: 10 points and 10 rebounds - the game's only double-double.
Shannon Johnson: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists.
Jessica Kellogg: No points, and only 3 minutes played. This might be the Jessica Kellogg who graduated from San Jose State in 2005.
Iva Perovanovic: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 turnovers.
Doukole Ble: 5 points, 9 rebounds.
Tiina Sten: No points, no rebounds in 6 minutes of play for the St. John's graduate.