Friday, March 20, 2009

Israel Women's D1 23/2008 - Elizur Ramla 65, Maccabi Ramat Hen 61

Ivory Latta and friends have the best seat in the house.

From what I can tell, this is the final game in the "Upper Playoffs" which determines which four teams go to the Israel Women's D1 Semifinals. Maccabi Ramat Hen was pretty much assured a second place finish but Elizur Ramla was fighting for third place. The 65-61 home win gave them a third place finish, which means they'll be meeting Ramat Hen again instead of first place finisher Ramat Hasharon in the semi-finals.

The box score is here. A writeup of the game is here and a photo gallery is here.

Ramla led 19-17 at the end of the first quarter, but none of Ramat Hen's bench players had scored - as it turned out, only the five Ramat Hen starters would score any points for their team in the entire game. Ramla led 33-29 at the half, but Ramat Hen began to come back in the third quarter when a 3-pointer by Shay Doron closed Ramat Hen to within two points, 48-46, to end the third. With three minutes to play, Ramat Hen staged another comeback with another 3-pointer by Doron to close to 60-59, but Ramla held onto the lead for the win.

Elizur Ramla hit 44 percent of their attempted field goals compared to 39 percent from Ramat Hen. Ramla went an astonishing 0-for-16 from 3-point field goal range. Elizur Ramla's post play was terrible and Ramat Hen was outrebounded 31-18, but Maccabi Ramat Hen gave away the advantage with 21 turnovers as opposed to just six from Elizur Ramla. Ramat Hen was sent to the free throw line 27 times and hit an incredible 25 shots for a 93 percent free throw precentage.

And yet, Maccabi Ramat Hen managed to lose. If they just had some help from their bench...!

Elizur Ramla

Sheri Sam: 16 points, 3 assists, 4 steals. 7 for 14 shooting for the Detroit Shock player.
Olena Ogorodnikova: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals.
Tamara Moore: 4 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals in 37 minutes of play for the former member of the Houston Comets.

Maccabi Ramat Hen

Shay Doron: 22 points on 7-for-14 shooting, and 3-for-8 from 3-point range.
Ivory Latta: 15 points, 7 rebounds. Went 0-for-7 from 3-point range but went 9-for-9 in free throws.
LaToya Pringle: 15 points and 10 rebounds for the games only double-double. However, she had 9 turnovers.
Ayana Walker: 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

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