Spanish side Ros Casares Valencia began their 2005 EuroLeague Women campaign with a convincing victory over Slovak champions Delta Kosice.
An opening three-pointer from Spanish international Amaya Valdemoro set the tone for a 41-point rout as Valencia racked up the 5th highest points total in this season's EuroLeague Women.
|Kosice's Jennifer Smith (54% shooting for the season) made just 1/6 field goal attempts|
Coach Israel Sanchis' decision to go to his bench didn't effect the scoreline as Kosice suffered a nightmare shooting evening. They missed all 8 of their 3-point attempts in the first half and finished the game 1/15. Valencia, on the other hand, nailed 4/6 in the opening half and 6/12 for the game. By halftime the lead had stretched to 25 points.
By midway through the third quarter, the score was 37-71 in favour of the Spanish visitors and the game was over.
Suzy Batkovic and Amaya Valdemoro finished with 20 points apiece for Valencia, while Chamique Holdsclaw added 18.
Israel Sanchis, head coach (Valencia):
"We wanted to start very concentrated. We have good players and we wanted to prove it. Also for us it was a difficult match."
Elisa Aguilar (Valencia):
"In Valencia we are not used to these supporters. I admire them. We played very hard from the beginning, so we did not leave anything to chance."
Karnay, head coach (Delta):
"We brought a Christmas atmosphere into the field, by the time we woke up there was a 30-point difference. Our 6% shooting success rate from behind the three-point arc says a lot."
Hana Jendrichovska (Delta):
"It is a feeble condolence that we did not concede one hundred points. Valencia played basketball as if from another level, our defense was catastrophic."