Saturday, March 28, 2009
Going into the day's game, there were four teams at the bottom of the league fighting to avoid relegation: Gran Canaria, Extrugasa, Estudiantes and Zaragoza. At least one of those teams would be guaranteed a win - Gran Canaria beat Zaragoza 69-44. Estudiantes will play tomorrow. This left Extrugasa (5-19) on its own to try to defeat one of the better teams in the Liga Feminina, 15-9 San José. The 90-59 result was undoubtedly not what they expected.
The box score is here.
This game might have spelled DOOOOOOOM (to quote Rebecca) for Extrugasa. Extrugasa's final two games are against Perfumerias...and Ros Casares. There's still hope that Extrugasa might surprise, but it's highly unlikely.
What happened? Clearly, Extrugasa started cold and stayed cold. They lost every quarter of the game. San José led 28-12 after the first quarter and led by twenty points at halftime, 44-23. San José was able to hold off any Extrugasa run and extended their lead to 31 points by the end of the game.
San José hit 48 percent of their attempted field goals, including an 11-for-26 shooting day from behind the 3-point line. Extrugasa only hit 37 percent of their field goal attempts. Both teams put up almost the same rebounding numbers. San José would only turn the ball over 10 times in the game.
Shay Murphy: 23 points, 6 rebounds for the Washington Mystics player.
Kimberly Butler: 13 points, 6 rebounds. Butler graduated from Oregon State.
Shona Thorburn: 10 points for the ex-Seattle Storm Player.
Taru Tuukkanen: 8 points, 8 rebounds.
Iziane Castro Marques: 23 points on 10-for-24 shooting.