Sunday, April 19, 2009

LFB (Spain) Semifinals 1/2008 - Ros Casares 81, San José 59

Just another day for Erika de Souza and Ros Casares.

I'm trying to find out about the 5-8 Finals which involve Ibiza (and Sancho Lyttle) and a quest to get Ibiza into next year's Eurocup. I have a final score for that game, but no box score. However, the semifinals - a best of three series - are taking place now with Ros Casares earning a decisive 81-59 win. Ros Casares goes to San José on Wednesday and if they win, they move to the Liga Feminina finals against either Rivas Ecópolis or, more likely, Perfumerias.

The box score is here. A gallery of images can be found here.

According to the writeup at, it took a grand total of 15 minutes for El Ros to establish its dominance. By the end of the first 10 minutes, San José was down 27-11. Ros Casares scored the first nine points of the second quarter to take a 36-11 lead and led 45-24 at halftime. San José could not win either of the two following quarters, and now San José is now in a must-win situation.

San José only hit 32 percent of its attempted field goals, so I'd guess that the key to the game was San José's poor shooting (Ros Casares hit 48 percent of their attempted shots). San José could only score 28 rebounds compared to 45 from the tough Ros Casares team. Ros Casares turned the ball over 20 times, but San José's 16 turnovers were nothing to brag about. San José's 76 percent accuracy rate at the free throw line resulted only in three extra points.

Ros Casares

Erika de Souza: 14 points, 15 rebounds. And that wasn't the only double-double of the game!
Delisha Milton-Jones: 19 points, 10 rebounds for the second double-double.
Amaya Valdemoro: 7 points, 6 rebounds.
Candace Wiggins: 7 points in 19 minutes played.

San José

Maria Sanchez-Aguilera: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals.
Shona Thorburn: 11 points, 4 assists, 5 turnovers for the ex-Seattle Storm player.
Shay Murphy: 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting for the Washington Mystics player.
Kimberly Butler: 4 points, 4 rebounds for the Oregon State graduate.

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