Sunday, January 24, 2010
The Turkish Women's Basketball League held their All-Star Game this Sunday, and their version was "Turkey vs. The World". However, "the World" was stuffed with current and former WNBA stars and the results were what you would expect: a 108-78 victory in favor of the non-Turks.
The box score is here.
The Turks actually started the game 6-0 and managed to only be down by one point, 25-24, at the end of the first quarter. By halftime, the Turks were still within striking distance, 50-42. Unfortunately in the second half the Turks were outgunned by a factor of 58-36 and the WNBA showed why it's the best women's basketball league in the world.
I suspect that not much defense was played. The Turks took 91 shots; the World took 107 shots. The World shot 46-107 with a clear advantage over the Turks and outrebounded them 72 to 39.
Nykesha Sales was named the Most Valuable Player, scoring 21 points and eight rebounds. Tuba Palazolu led the Turkish team with 15 points. Nevriye Ylmaz had 4 points and 11 rebounds.
Ivory Latta did not start, but she had a good game:
12 points on 5-for-10 shooting
2-for-5 from three point range
19 minutes played