Saturday, October 10, 2009

E2/2009 - USA Women's National Team 79, Euroleasing Sopron 65

At the Ekaterinburg (Russia) International Invitation, the newly-assembled USA Women's National Team continued its winning ways, winning the second game of the tournament against Euroleasing Sopron, a team from Sopron, Hungary.

The box score is here. A detailed write-up of the game is here. An 11-2 run in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for the United States.

Angel McCoughtry didn't lead the USA in scoring, but she had nine points and tied Tina Charles in rebounding. The USA will play the very powerful Ekaterinburg team from Russia Superleague A today in the final game of the tournament.

Once again, a look at the Four Factors of Dean Oliver:

Field goal percentage: USA 53.3 percent, Euroleasing Sopron 40.6 percent
Turnovers: Euroleasing Sopron 18, USA 20. The United States really needs to solve this turnover problem.
Offensive rebounding percentage: USA 40 percent, Euroleasing Sopron 35 percent. Sopron was willing to match us on the glass.
Free throws: USA 9-for-11, Euroleasing Sopron 6-for-16. Sopron could have made a game of this if they could have bought a free throw.

And of course, the big performances on each side:

USA Women's National Team

Tina Charles: 15 points, 7 rebounds. 7-for-10 shooting. Charles will be a senior at the University of Connecticut this season.
Shameka Christon: 12 points from the New York Liberty starter.
Asjha Jones: 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting - I don't know if Jones is still suffering from the Achilles tendon injury that kept her out for the end of the Connecticut Sun's season.
Angel McCoughtry: 9 points, 7 rebounds. 4-for-9 shooting.

Euroleasing Sopron

Jelena Milovanovic: 25 points on 9-for-21 shooting. As Milovanovic went, so went Euroleasing Sopron. Milovanovic was drafted in the second round of the 2009 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics, but did not play.
Amber Holt: 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Holt was a reserve forward for the Connecticut Sun this season.
Dora Horti, Zsofia Varga: 7 rebounds each, and Varga had four offensive boards.

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