Thursday, March 12, 2009

Israel Women's D1 21/2008 - Maccabi Ramat Hen 79, Elizur Holon 69

I believe that the top six teams are playing a round robin, with the top four of those teams advancing to the semi-finals. It appears that Maccabi Ramat Hen is still alive in the postseason with a 79-69 win at home against Elizur Holon.

The box score is here. A brief game writeup can be found here.

LaToya Pringle has been in and out of the lineup with her recent knee surgery, and for the first half of the game, she was back. It showed in a 47-34 halftime score, but Elizur Holon began to close in. They finished the third quarter with Ramat Hen leading 64-57, and scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to take a 65-64 lead. Ramat Hen started a 7-0 run but Elizur Holon answered with four points of its own to close to 71-69. However, those were their final points as Elizur Holon was held scoreless over the last three minutes.

Ramat Hen hit 47 percent of their field goals, with Elizur Holon hitting 39 percent. Having LaToya back must have helped, as Ramat Hen won the rebounding battle 37 to 29, but they turned over the ball 19 times compared to just 11 for Elizur Holon. One problem with Elizur Holon was that they sent Ramat Hen to the free throw line 23 times, which game Ramat Hen 16 points on free throws alone.

Maccabi Ramat Hen

Ivory Latta: 11 points and 3 rebounds. Part of the problem was 1-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Shay Doron: 19 points.
LaToya Pringle: 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Ayana Walker: 6 points and 15 rebounds.

Elizur Holon

Edwina Brown: 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brown last played for the Houston Comets in 2006.
Brooke Reves: 10 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. I believe Reves graduated from Nebraska.
Edneisha Curry: Zero points in 3 minutes. Curry last played for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2005.

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