Monday, February 9, 2009

Israel Women's D1 14/2008 - Electra Ramat Hasharon 80, Maccabi Ramat Hen 66

All Ivory Latta (#7) can do is watch Laine Selwyn (#5) go.

According to the writeup at Safsal, "being the underdog is important when these two teams meet". Ramat Hen (11-3) thought it had insulated itself against an upset. They were playing at home and had just acquired Shay Doron, a former player for the New York Liberty and the only native-born Israel ever to play WNBA ball. Unfortunately, none of this was enough as Ramat Hen was upset at home 80-66 by Electra Ramat (11-3)

The box score is here. With only four games left in the regular season, the Israeli Women's D1 League faces a four-way tie for first place.

Both teams were tied after the first quarter, and Electra Ramat edged out to a 36-32 halftime lead. It was in the second half, however, where Electra Ramat was decisive, holding Ramat Hen to just 11 third quarter point and topping Ramat Hen's 23 points with a 26 point fourth quarter effort.

Electra Ramat had the better shooting day, hitting 46 percent of their field goals to Ramat Hen's 40 percent. Rebounding was more or less even but Electra Ramat grabbed 11 offensive rebounds compared to just six for Ramat Hen. Undoubtedly, however, the key to Electra Ramat's victory was the fact that they only committed six turnovers for the entire game. If you can keep the ball in your hands, you'll likely win and Electra Ramat did everything possible to make that happen.

Shay Doron had a good homecoming, with a 19 point game where she shot 9-for-10 from the field. Tamara James would also score 19 points and Michal Epstein would break into double digits with 12 points.

Part of the loss could theoretically be laid at Ivory Latta's feet. She only scored eight points in 38 minutes of play and was a horrible 3-for-12 from the field. Ice cold.

Four players scored in double digits for Electra Ramat, including Jia Perkins of the Chicago Sky with 17 points and Ebony Hoffman of the Indiana Fever with 12 points and seven rebounds. Tatyana Troina would also contribute 16 points and Naomi Kolodny would score 15 points in the upset win.

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