Wednesday, January 20, 2010
De Souza makes it look easy.
In order for Ros Casares to claim the top spot in Group A in the final game of first-round Euroleague play, they needed to defeat Galatsaray and Ekaterinburg needed to lose to Riga. Ros Casares won easily, 77-47 but Ekaterinburg had no trouble with Riga, winning by 39 points.
Ros Casares finishes in second place and advances to the Round of 16 - the "Eighth Finals". Their next opponent will be Prague, which finished 5-5 in Group C. Those games will be played February 2nd-5th-and 10th, as all of the Sweet Sixteen games are scheduled on those days.
The box score, the play by play, and a small photo gallery can be found here.
There's nothing much to be said for Galatsaray. Galatsaray didn't show up with Yelena Leuchanka, who had a knee problem. (Maybe Leuchanka is actually sneaking off to sign with the Dream, something which has been promised/threatened for three years now.) As the write-up states, "In the EuroLeague Women Group A game, the Spanish team led by 15 after one quarter, 22 at the half, and eventually stretched the lead to 35 after three quarters of play, much to the pleasure of the home crowd in Valencia." (Crowd size = 1400.)
At least Galatsaray survived the first round, finishing Euroleague's first round in fourth place in Group A. The bad news is that they get matched up against Ekaterinburg.
Amaya Valdemoro led all scorers for Ros Casares with 21 points. Sophia Young scored 20 points and had nine rebounds for Galatsaray.
Erika de Souza had a great game too:
14 points on 6-for-11 shooting
9 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds