Saturday, January 16, 2010
The only blemish on Rivas Ecopolis's record this year was a home loss to Perfumerias. Rivas Ecopolis had a lot to play for, as neither team wanted a second loss. Revenge proved to be enough of a motivator as Rivas Ecopolis beat Perfumerias on the road in their rematch, 77-58.
Rivas Ecopolis advances to 14-1. Perfumerias drops to 13-2. The box score is here.
What's amazing is that Rivas Ecopolis, after getting thumped by Perfumerias in the (somewhat meaningless) Copa de la Reina, Rivas Ecopolis held Perfumerias to just 20 first half points. Perfumerias managed to get back within single digits, 64-53, with four minutes left, but Rivas was just too much for Perfumerias.
Why are these Euro games even important to a WNBA follower? Because when a player from your team is playing in a foreign league, if her team goes deep in the playoffs it means greater chances of both injury and a late return to the United States.
Catherine Joens was the player of the game for Rivas Ecopolis with 19 points and Jelena Dubljevic scored 16 points for Rivas Ecopolis. However, the best player of the game was Sancho Lyttle of Perfumerias. Lyttle had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the game's only double-double.
The final line for Sancho Lyttle:
23 points on 5-for-11 shooting
6-for-7 at the free throw line
I thought there would be some pictures from this game...but not yet, it seems.