Monday, February 2, 2009

Israel Women's D1 13/2008 - Maccabi Ramat Hen 104, Maccabi Tel Kabir 81

Ivory Latta (#7) and the rest of her teammates celebrate.

For both teams in the Israeli league, it was the same old, same old. Tel Kabir (0-13) hasn't won a game all season and after today, they're still winless. Ramat Hen (11-2) was on top of the Israel Women's D1 League and is still on top of it after a decisive 104-81 win on the road.

The box score is here.

So far, there really isn't much to say about this game. Tel Kabir actually hung in during the first quarter and was only down 28-25 after the first 10 minutes. But then, the slide began. They slid to being 14 points behind at halftime, 56-42, and during the third quarter they were blown out 27-8. Tel Kabir managed to score 31 points in the final quarter, but Ramat Hen managed 21 points of their own and by that time the deficit for Tel Kabir was much more than ten points.

Ramat Hen was certainly more accurate that the home club, hitting 51 percent of their baskets compared to 43 percent for the winless Tel Kabir. Ramat Hen also dominated on the boards, outrebounding the home team 47-35 as well as winning the offensive rebounding battle. The visitors were sent to the free throw line 22 times, and Ramat Hen hit 18 of their shots for a further advantage over Tel Kabir that they most likely didn't need.

Carrying the burden for Tel Kabir was Brooke Reeves, who scored 30 points and 13 rebounds for Tel Kabir. You might congratulate her on those amazing numbers, but only six players took the floor for Tel Kabir. (Only seven would take the floor for Rabat Hen.) Reeves was a graduate of Kansas University and played for Aris Holargos in Greece earlier this year. I suspect that when the Greek players walked out of Aris Holargos for not getting paid, she either walked out too or was bought out by Tel Kabir. (This explains why Aris Holargos is in a tailspin in Greek play.)

Oregon State graduate Shannon Howell scored 26 points and nine assists for Tel Kabir and Dominique Carter, a graduate of San Francisco, scored 10 points.

For the women of Ramat Hen, Michal Epstein led with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. LaToya Pringle had already hit 19 points and 12 rebounds for her down double-double before fouling out after playing 25 minutes. Ivory Latta scored 27 points, htting six out of 10 3-point field goals in an amazing long range game. Tamara James would also contribute six points.

Maybe somehow, I'll be able to find some pictures to post, nu?

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