Universitat FC Barcelona 57-64

13-14, 18-12, 14-17, 12-21

Pays D´Aix Basket 13

 

Date: 04.02.2004, 18:00hGroup:  AVenue:   Barcelona (ESP) Spectators: 860
Referees:  Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Vincent Delestrée (BEL)
TEAM LEADERS
Universitat FC Barcelona  Pays D´Aix Basket 13
Isabel Sanchez (19)PtsNathalie Lesdema (15)
Adrian Williams (13)RebMagali Lacroix (9)
Laia Palau (5)ASLara Mandic (2), Kristi Willoughby (2)
Sandra Gallego (3)STKristi Willoughby (4), Magali Lacroix (4)
Michelle Carpay (1)BSMagali Lacroix (1)

GAME REPORT

04.02.2004
UB Barcelona 57 - Pays d'Aix Basket 64

Spanish Liga title-holders UB Barcelona threw away an 8 point 3rd quarter lead to go down 57-64 to French side Pays d'Aix BAsket 13 at home on Wednesday evening and as such put their chances of qualification to the play-offs in jeopardy.

Having won by 5 points (76-81) in the game in Aix in November, needed at least to keep their losing margin to under 5 to keep themselves above Aix in the table should both clubs end the regular season with the same win/loss record. However, adding insult to injury, Isabel Sanchez missed 2 free-throws with 20 seconds remaining and Aix's Julie Villain then capitalised on a foul at the other end, stretching the lead to 7 points.

Aix started the game very well, and of the two zone defences on display, theirs was the more effective. Barcelona needed the first 5 minutes to waken up and start running the fast break for which they have become well-known throughout the EuroLeague. In particular, Isabel Sanchez was very quick, picking up long passes from both Laia Palau and Sandra Gallego for a series of lay-ups. Aix kept alive only through the inside game, using Magali Lacroix especially, as their outside shooting was nothing short of appalling. They held on to a narrow lead at the end of the first 10 minutes, 13:14.

Barcelona took their first lead at the beginning of the second quarter on a lay-up from Palau, shortly followed by an enormous 3 from Gallego. Aix continued to really struggle from outside (shooting 36% and 0/7 from behind the arc) and was only really saved by Magali Lacroix and Natalie Lesdema in the paint. From then on the lead switched hands several times until Barcelona, through a couple of flashes of brilliance from Palau and Michelle Hendry, began to edge away in the last minutes. Half time score: 31-26.

The hosts switched to man defence in the second half and for the first 5 minutes it proved to be very effective. The University team pulled away to an 8-point lead and looked likely to hold on to it. With 4.30 minutes left, however, Aix's Kristi Harrower decided it was time to make a move and led a full attack, heading the French side on a run which left the hosts more than dazed and confused. A huge 3 from from the top of the key from Lara Mandic handed the lead back to Aix, swiftly followed by a further 2 from Volnaya. Another trey from Barca's Sanchez put the home side ahead going into the last 10 minutes, 45:42.

The final quarter mirrored the second 10 minutes, only this time it was the hosts who could not hit the outside shots. Gallego's hot hands disappeared as she rimmed one 3 after another, whereas at the other end Australian international Harrower showed her experience, putting in a 3, then driving and dishing to her heart's content. Barcelona tried to fight back with runs on the fast break, but kepot giving the ball away on passes inside. With 4 minutes to go Aix already led by 7 (50:57) which they then stretched to 50:61 and the Spaniards appeared at a complete loss at how to reply, especially after Palau picked up her 5th foul and left the game. Aix kept running down the clock and at 1 minute left still held an 8-point advantage. Adrian Williams pulled back one basket for the home team, but it was down to Sanchez with 22 seconds left on the clock to bring the score under a 5-point difference. But nerves took over and both free-throws hit the rim. Villain hit 1 from 2 at the other end, sealing the win for Aix and bringing them a step closer to qualification. 

 

Top performers

Universitat FC Barcelona  Pays D´Aix Basket 13

Adrian Williams

 

Nathalie Lesdema

6Pts15
13Reb4
2AS1
0ST3
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Universitat FC Barcelona  Pays D´Aix Basket 13
22/55FG M/A28/62
16/34 (47.1%) FG2P M/A25/48 (52.1%)
6/21 (28.6%) FG3P M/A3/14 (21.4%)
7/12 (58.3%) FT M/A5/12 (41.7%)
37 (9-28) Reb (O-D) 31 (5-26)
15AS5
24TO15
9ST16
1BS1
14PF17
57Pts64
UNIVERSITAT FC BARCELONA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
5Rovira, M. 141/425.00/00.01/425.00/00.0033021003
6Reid, T. 201/616.71/616.70/00.00/00.0325011012
7Cruz, A. DNP
8Gallego, S. 313/1030.01/1100.02/922.21/250.0101143039
9Palau, L. 263/933.33/837.50/10.02/2100.0066562058
10Congreaves, A. 241/250.01/1100.00/10.02/2100.0134211004
11Checa, M. DNP
12Sanchez, I. 348/1553.35/955.63/650.00/20.02024400019
14Williams, A. 283/650.03/650.00/00.00/20.011213230026
15Carpay, M. 232/366.72/366.70/00.02/2100.0123131136
TOTAL22/ 5540.016/ 3447.16/ 2128.67/1258.3928371524911457
PAYS D´AIX BASKET 13
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Volnaya, S. 326/1154.56/966.70/20.02/2100.00660120514
5Obama, M. 80/20.00/00.00/20.00/00.0000000020
6Gounon, M. DNP
7Mandic, L. 375/1533.34/1233.31/333.30/20.01562420311
8Willoughby, K. 405/1435.74/850.01/616.70/20.01452240211
10Lacroix, M. 385/955.64/850.01/1100.01/250.01890741412
11Villain, J. 60/20.00/20.00/00.01/250.0011001001
13Lesdema, N. 397/977.87/977.80/00.01/250.02241130115
14Kireta, S. DNP
TOTAL28/ 6245.225/ 4852.13/ 1421.45/1241.7526315151611764
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

TOP PERFORMERS

Universitat FC Barcelona  Pays D´Aix Basket 13

Adrian Williams

 

Nathalie Lesdema

6Pts15
13Reb4
2AS1
0ST3
0BS0
28Min39

TEAM STATS

Universitat FC Barcelona  Pays D´Aix Basket 13
22/55FG M/A28/62
16/34 (47.1%) FG2P M/A25/48 (52.1%)
6/21 (28.6%) FG3P M/A3/14 (21.4%)
7/12 (58.3%) FT M/A5/12 (41.7%)
37 (9-28) Reb (O-D) 31 (5-26)
15AS5
24TO15
9ST16
1BS1
14PF17
57Pts64