Sunday, March 29, 2009
Usually, the bottom feeder teams in the Liga Feminina are known for not fighting very hard. With Olesa (15-9) to visit, Estudiantes (5-19) knew that it have a difficult battle ahead of it - and this time, they were prepared to fight it, taking Olesa into overtime before falling by just two points, 89-87.
The box score is here.
The game was definitely a back-and-forth affair, with the home team putting up a fight in the first quarter to take a 21-16 lead. Olesa begin to climb back in the second quarter, closing the Estudiantes lead to just two points at halftime, 44-42. In the third quarter, Olesa began to pull away, holding Estudiantes to just 10 points and leading 58-54 after thirty minutes of play. Estudiantes managed to score 26 points in the fourth quarter and tie the game 80-80 at regulation. Home field advantage, however, wasn't enough for Estudiantes, which fell in overtime.
Olesa hit 45 percent of its field goal attempts compared to 42 percent for Estudiantes, but Estudiantes took more attempts. Estudiantes kept up with Olesa on the boards and won the offensive rebounding battle 14 to 10. Olesa was actually able to keep turnovers down to just eight for the entire game, including the overtime, and they made six more points on free throws (24 vs. 18) than Estudiantes, going to the line 33 times.
Laura Herrera Boxo: 17 points, 7 rebounds.
Brooke Wyckoff: 12 points, 9 rebounds. Fouled out.
Nikki Teasley: 13 points, 3 rebounds in 26 minutes of play. 5-for-9 shooting, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range.
Thyra Liljestrand: 14 points.
Olga Podkovalnikova: 13 points, 4 rebounds.
Cristal Kelly: 7 points, 5 rebounds. The Sacramento Monarchs forward fouled out.