Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Ros Casares team has been dealing with different injuries during a grueling season both in the Spanish League and in Euroleague. Amaya Valdemoro has a bruised inner calf. Erika de Souza is experiencing knee discomfort. Furthermore, Zaragoza had lost three straight coming into the match and were looking for a victory.
They wouldn't find it in Zaragoza. The visiting El Ros team defeated Zaragoza 75-68, advancing to 19-1 for the season. Zaragoza falls to 11-9 on the year. The box score of the game is here.
Ros Casares got on the scoreboard early, leading 21-14 after the first quarter. Zaragoza answered with a 12-3 second quarter run, tying the game 26-26. The visiting Ros Casares barely hung on with a 40-39 lead at halftime.
The second half started fast, and Erika de Souza got the benefit on the offensive glass - Ros Casares went on an 8-0 run and led 47-42. Unfortunately, Erika picked up her fourth personal foul in the third quarter but Ros Casares held on to a 53-48 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Paula Palomares scored nine points to lead Zaragoza on a comeback, closing to 61-58 and then to 68-68 with just one minute left. However, Erika de Souza added four points, Belinda Snell added three free throws and Zaragoza was shut out during the final minute of play.
Paula Palomares led Zaragoza with 17 points. Allison Feaster scored 16 points and six rebounds for Zaragoza with nine points in the last ten minutes. Unfortuately, she also had five turnovers during the game.
Belinda Snell was the player of the game for Ros Casares, with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Erika de Souza had a good game as well despite knee discomfort: