Sunday, February 21, 2010

TBBL 15/2009 - Galatsaray 93, Kocaeli 50

Yelena Leuchanka gets some work in.

Let's talk about Galatasaray. I'm going to keep my eye on Galatsaray in the Turkish league for a little while as Yelena Leuchanka is playing there and the Dream have signed Leuchanka as a free agent.

The team had such big names as Sophia Young, Jia Perkins, Katie Douglas and Tamika Catchings. (I don't think that Young and Perkins are with the club now.) Leuchanka is averaging about 24 minutes a game, with 10.7 points/8.2 rebounds per game.

Furthermore, the team was a Euroleague competitor. Galatasaray finished 4-6 in a tough Group A that had Ekaterinburg and Ros Casares. The 4-6 finish was good enough for fourth place and the Turks moved on to the 8th Finals. Galatasaray took on Ekaterinburg out of their own group - this was Leuchanka's team during the 2008-09 season. It was an unhappy homecoming, as Ekaterinburg won 79-55 at home and then won 61-50 in Turkey, knocking Galatsaray out of Euroleague competition.

Over the 11 games Leuchanka played in Euroleague, she averaged 10.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.

As for Galatsaray, they had no problem with Kocaeli, leading 26-8 at the end of the first quarter and winning every other quarter. Kocaeil's strategy? Play each of their starters a full forty minutes, and pray. Yep - only five players played for Kocaeli. It didn't help.

The box score is here. The bulk of the scoring for Kocaeli came Ceyda Kozluca who scored 21 points...and had eight turnovers. Asli Sevinc scord 12 points and 13 rebounds.

However, Galatsaray shot 59 percent from the field. Six players scored in double figures. Bahar Caglar scored 11 points and had 14 rebounds for Galatasaray. Esra Sencebe scored 17 points. The big guns - Douglas and Catchings - didn't score much.

Yelena Leuchanka had a good game:

17 points
8-for-12 shooting
3 points
3 assists

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