Sunday, October 25, 2009
Ivory Latta greets her new teammates.
It looks like I'm a little bit late on reporting on the President's Cup in the TBBL - the Turkish Women's Basketball League. It looks like the Turkish season gets started with the President's Cup, and Mersin - which was swept 3-0 in the TBBL championship last year - gained some measure of revenge with an 86-74 win over defending champion Fenerbahce.
Finding a box score is going to be a little difficult, as it seems that the TBBL hasn't stored it anywhere - the game doesn't count as a regular season game. Furthermore, let's just say that Turkish isn't Google Translate's strongest point, particularly when it comes to sports reporting.
So what do we know about the game?
* We know that Ivory Latta played in it.
* We know that Mersin led 22-16 at the end of the first quarter and 48-31 at the half.
* We know that Fenerbahce started the third quarter with an 8-0 run.
* However, Mersin would score the next 13 points to make it a 61-39 game. Fenerbahce closed to withing 69-54 at the end of the third period.
* Mersin would take a 20 point lead at one point in the fourth, 79-59. Clearly, Mersin was in control.
We also have some idea of the game leaders:
Penny Taylor: 18 points, 3 rebounds from the Phoenix Mercury forward.
Nevin Nevlin: 17 points, 8 rebounds from the former Kristin Newlin, a graduate from Stanford in 2007. Newlin became a naturalized Turkish citizen and changed her name to Nevlin.
Nicole Powell: 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists. Powell is another Stanford graduate who now plays for the Monarchs.
Tammy Sutton-Brown: 6 points, 2 rebounds from the Indiana Fever center.
Matee Ajavon: 5 points, 3 assists from the Rutgers grad who has played for both Houston and Washington.
Ivory Latta: 27 points, 4 assists. A big game for Ivory Latta.
Erlana Larkins: 18 points, 8 rebounds. Larkins, a forward for the New York Liberty, played for Turkish team Samsun last year.
Olympia Scott: 14 points, 5 rebounds. Scott played for several teams in the WNBA until 2005.
Barbara Turner: 6 points, 4 rebounds. Turner is currently a guard for the Connecticut Sun.