Friday, January 23, 2009

LFB (Spain) 16/2008 - Ros Casares 83, San José 62

Don't say San José didn't work for it.

It doesn't matter who you throw at Ros Casares (15-1) - except for Perfumerias or the Euroleague, Ros Casares has always managed to come up triumphant. The domination of the Liga Feminina continues with an 83-62 trumping of San José (8-8).

The box score is here.

In this game, El Ros didn't waste any time at all: they outscored San José 33-13 in the first quarter. We've seen teams all year that couldn't score 33 points in three quarters, much less one quarter. After that, Ros Casares simply played at the pace of San José, matching them pretty much the rest of the game and coasting to victory.

Ros Casares would shoot 53 percent from the field, including 6-for-15 from the 3-point line. San José would shoot 44 percent, but it clearly wasn't enough. Both teams were dead even in rebounding, but turnovers killed San José, a team which would go on to lose the ball 26 times in the game.

Granted, San José had the typical imports. Eshaya Murphy, a guard for the Washington Mystics would lead San José with 18 points and eight rebounds, but would turn the ball over six times. The only otehr player who would score in double digits for San José is Cindy Garcia with 10 points. Kimberly Butler out of Oregon State in 2006 would only score six points and four rebounds, and Shona Thorburn would only score two points in 16 minutes of play. Thorburn last played on the Seattle Storm in 2007.

Ros Casares had another excellent game. Jana Vesala's 15 points, 4 assists and eight steals would lead all players. Delisha Milton-Jones would score 16 points and five rebounds. Anna Montañana scored 12 points. With output coming all around from Ros Casares, the typical leaders - Amaya Valdemoro and Erika de Souza - only scored eight and seven points respectively. They didn't need to work hard.

Next week: Perfumerias, in second place, comes to visit Ros Casares for what will undoubtedly be the match of the year. Perfumerias is currently 13-2 and in second place, and they are the only team that has beaten Ros Casares in Liga Feminina play, winning 91-86 at Perfumerias in October. This should be a great game.

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