Thursday, November 12, 2009

Euroleague 3/2009 - Rivas Ecopolis 74, Košice 58

#35 (minus one) drives forward.

It looks like blogging frequency at the Pleasant Dreams Blog is going to go into a steep decline. The problem is that my work is looking into steps to severely curtail employee internet access. Which sucks, because whenever it was slow at work, I could always fill the down time by blogging. Now, I can't even do that anymore. This leaves the only blogging time left as either after work or the weekends, and both of those are taken up by family time.

Therefore, I'm probably not going to write up every game involving Dream members overseas. Instead, I'll just highlight games that I think are interesting. I had the choice between writing about Sancho Lyttle and the Pécs vs. Perfumerias game or Michelle Snow and the Dynamo Kursk-Samsun game. However, I chose Rivas Ecopolis-Košice because this was the first Euroleague game for Angel McCoughtry.

Some background for non-frequent readers: Košice desperately wants to win in Euroleague, in order to shore up their financial situation. Unfortunately, Košice is doing what Extrugasa in the Liga Femenina did last year: turn the club into a revolving door, and get rid of players when they seem to be cold. Chamique Holdsclaw got dumped. Shanna Crosley was the latest victim of the Axe. Now, Angel McCoughtry has been called in to perform miracles, and apparently, one woman cannot be a team.

The box score, write-up and a gallery of pictures are all right here.

The write-up tells the story. The game was pretty tight, with Rivas Ecopolis (3-0) up 12-8 ,and then the Spaniards followed up with a 10-2 run. Rivas Ecopolis led 26-12 at the end of one quarter, but Košice (0-3) went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter helped by five points from McCoughtry. Košice had closed the gap to 36-31 by halftime.

In the third quarter, another McCoughtry shot closed the gap to 48-43 with 2:07 left in the third. Unfortunately, that was the high point of Košice's game - Košice would only score 15 more points and fall behind in double digits in the fourth.

A look at the Four Factors of the game:

Field goal percentage: Rivas Ecopolis 49 percent, Košice 40 percent. Helping Rivas Ecopolis was the fact that they went 9-for-14 from 3-point range.
Turnovers: Košice 15, Rivas Ecopolis 19. Advantage to Košice.
Offensive rebound percentage: Rivas Ecopolis 30 percent, Košice 25 percent. Rivas's overall advantage was 39-31.
Free throws: Rivas Ecopolis 9-for-11, Košice 6-for-13.

The performances of the game....

Rivas Ecopolis

Jelena Dubljevic: 18 points, 5 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting.
Anna Cruz: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists.
Cathy Joens: 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Joens last played for Chicago in 2008.
Crystal Langhorne: 3 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes of play for the Washington Mystics player.


Candice Dupree: 17 points and 12 rebounds on 8-for-17 shooting for the Chicago Sky forward.
Angel McCoughtry: 19 points, 5 rebounds. McCoughtry was the high scorer for both teams.
Linda Frohlich: 12 points. Frohlich played for three teams in the WNBA, the last being Sacramento in 2007.

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