Sunday, October 18, 2009

Russia Superleague A 2/2009 - Spartak Moscow 102, Dynamo Kursk 65

Here's a thought. You have a team with Janel McCarville and Sylvia Fowles. Throw into the mix Ilona Korstin, one of the best Russian players, and add Edwige Lawson-Wade and Kelly Miller just to be on the safe side. Put Pokey Chatman in as that team's head coach. Then have them play a visiting team that only has eight active players. What you end up with is a 102-65 drubbing in front of 1,000 loyal Spartak fans.

The box score is here. The "Mak Kar-wai Dzhenel" person is actually Janel McCarville; Translate Google looks at the Cyrillic translation and is left scratching its head.

Spartak won every single quarter of the game. They led 57-32 at halftime and just kept pouring it on. There is nothing more to say about that.

A look at the game's Four Factors:

Field goal percentage: Spartak 62.6 percent, Dynamo Kursk 38.7 percent. That was the game right there.
Turnovers: Both teams were tied at 20.
Offensive rebound percentage: Spartak 30.4 percent, Dynamo Kursk 5.8 percent. Yes, 5.8 percent. There weren't that many rebound opportunities since Spartak shot the lights out. Kursk was out-rebounded 39 to 18.
Free throws: Dynamo Kursk 12-for-14, Spartak 12-for-15.

And now the high points of the game - if there are any.....


Janel McCarville: 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals. Not bad as she only played 17 minutes - I believe the rule is that there can only be two non-Russians on the court for a given team.
Sonya Petrovic: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 turnovers.
Ilona Korstin: 13 points.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota: 10 points, 5 assists. Jekabsone-Zogota debuted for the Connecticut Sun this year.
Sylvia Fowles: 7 points, 7 rebounds.
Kelly Miller: 5 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds.

Dynamo Kursk

Michelle Snow: 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds. 4 turnovers, 4 personal fouls. 5-for-10 shooting.
Ausra Bibayte: 10 points.

There seem to be a few players and a few points missing from Dynamo Kursk's list of players. Maybe someone accounted for 27 of those missing points in the box score. Very, very weird.

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