Rivas Ecópolis54-76

14-21, 13-14, 13-23, 14-18

UMMC Ekaterinburg

 

Date: 10.11.2010, 20:00hGroup:  BVenue:   Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ESP) Spectators: 500
Referees:  Milan Brziak (SVK), Nick Van den Broeck (BEL), Francis Santos (GIB)
TEAM LEADERS
Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg
Courtney Paris (17)PtsSandrine Gruda (20)
Dewanna Bonner (8), Courtney Paris (8)RebSandrine Gruda (7)
Amaya Valdemoro (4)ASCéline Dumerc (4)
Anna Cruz (3)ST3 players tied with 2
Dewanna Bonner (3)BSAnn Wauters (1), Olga Arteshina (1)

GAME REPORT

10.11.2010
Ekaterinburg Turn On The Style At Rivas
UMMC Ekaterinburg remain unbeaten and at the summit of EuroLeague Women Group B after 20 points from French star Sandrine Gruda helped them cruise to an 76-54 success in Madrid against Rivas Ecopolis who slipped to a third straight loss.

While the home team initially kept pace in the early stages of the game, the superior depth and quality of the Russian club was just too much while a lack of production from both of the Rivas Ecopolis playmakers was again a telling factor in yet another defeat. Elisa Aguilar and Clara Bermejo Moreno could only muster 4 points and 2 assists between them from the point guard spot.

It was certainly a far cry from the slick machine that is UMMC Ekaterinburg these days. From the explosive talent of guard Cappie Pondexter to the serious embarassment of riches in the frontcourt including Gruda, Ann Wauters and Crystal Langhorne, it will clearly take a hugely impressive performance from somebody to stop Ekaterinburg in their tracks.

UMMC Ekaterinburg led 21-14 after the first period and while Rivas fought hard for the remainder of the half, an inside score by Gruda handed her team a double figure lead at 35-25.

While a score by Courtney Paris reduced it to single digits as the teams left the court for a break, it was only brief respite as normal service was resumed when the players re-emerged.

UMMC Ekaterinburg slowly but very convincingly turned the screw and just cranked things up as the home team crumbled with Pondexter making it a twenty point margin at the start of the fourth.

In the end, the visitors strolled to victory to keep their 100 percent record intact.

The lone bright spot for Rivas Ecopolis was once again EuroLeague Women rookie Paris who finished with a creditable 17 points and 8 rebounds.

Langhorne enjoyed a relatively quiet return to her former club with four fouls restricting her court-time a little as she finished with 8 points.

 

COACH QUOTES

10.11.2010
Quotes Rivas Ecópolis vs. UMMC Ekaterinburg
Javier Fort, Rivas Ecópolis coach:
"We played well over the first half of the game, showing great defense, but we played against a great team and we missed some easy shots. They broke us in the second half because they have a lot of quality players and shot very well from the three-point line."

Clara Bermejo, Rivas Ecópolis player:
"We knew it was going to be a complicated game and we did well in the first half. They are a candidate team to win the EuroLeague and they showed why. Still, overall we have a positive outcome of this game because our defense was a lot better that it was in previous games."

Gundars Vetra, UMMC Ekaterinburg coach:
"We know that Spanish teams play well at home, as well as Italians or Turkish clubs, and we were prepared for that. They were very emotional but we showed some great physical shape, we didn´t give up easy baskets and played good defense. Those were the keys."

Chrystal Langhorne, UMMC Ekaterinburg player:
"I think that they played a great game, but we played really well and managed to come out with a victory. Rivas like to push the ball and they are definitely a good team, but they have a lot of new people and need to adjust to that. Right now they are trying to figure out who they are."

 

Top performers

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg

Courtney Paris

 

Sandrine Gruda

17Pts20
8Reb7
0AS3
2ST2
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg
21/54FG M/A26/51
20/48 (41.7%) FG2P M/A19/35 (54.3%)
1/6 (16.7%) FG3P M/A7/16 (43.8%)
11/18 (61.1%) FT M/A17/22 (77.3%)
27 (9-18) Reb (O-D) 34 (7-27)
8AS11
15TO14
11ST10
3BS2
16PF16
54Pts76

PHOTO GALLERY

RIVAS ECÓPOLIS
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
4Nicholls , L. 131/250.01/250.00/00.02/450.0101002034-104
5Herrera, L. DNP
6Abalde, T. DNP
7Bermejo, C. 141/250.01/1100.00/10.00/20.0000112012-52
8Liljestrand, L. 70/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0000100000-20
*9Paris, C. 317/1258.37/1258.30/00.03/3100.0538012033-1317
*10Aguilar, E. 261/333.31/333.30/00.00/00.0011121010-172
11Gimeno, V. 142/366.72/2100.00/10.00/00.0022010020-74
*13Valdemoro, A. 292/1216.72/1020.00/20.01/250.0011440011-195
*14Bonner, D. 363/933.32/728.61/250.05/5100.0358011324-2112
*15Cruz, A. 314/1040.04/1040.00/00.00/20.0055143032-168
22Justel, P. DNP
TEAM/COACH01110
TOTAL21/ 5438.920/ 4841.71/ 616.711/1861.191827815113161654
UMMC EKATERINBURG
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPF+/-Pts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTotCD
*4Arteshina, O. 343/1030.02/633.31/425.00/00.0235301100207
5Ostroukhova, A. DNP
*7Gruda, S. 366/1250.06/1250.00/00.08/1080.01673220152620
8Volkova, E. DNP
*9Dumerc, C. 333/650.02/2100.01/425.01/250.0145422032198
10Vidmer, T. 40/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.001100002030
*12Bibrzycka, A. 304/850.01/333.33/560.00/00.01451410211711
*21Wauters, A. 224/666.74/666.70/00.00/10.004403112188
23Pondexter, C. 234/666.72/366.72/366.74/580.00000220231014
24Langhorne, C. 182/2100.02/2100.00/00.04/4100.012300104478
TEAM/COACH13410
TOTAL26/ 5151.019/ 3554.37/ 1643.817/2277.3727341114102161676
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

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg

Courtney Paris

 

Sandrine Gruda

17Pts20
8Reb7
0AS3
2ST2
0BS0
31Min36

TEAM STATS

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg
21/54FG M/A26/51
20/48 (41.7%) FG2P M/A19/35 (54.3%)
1/6 (16.7%) FG3P M/A7/16 (43.8%)
11/18 (61.1%) FT M/A17/22 (77.3%)
27 (9-18) Reb (O-D) 34 (7-27)
8AS11
15TO14
11ST10
3BS2
16PF16
54Pts76

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeRIVAS ECÓPOLISScoreUMMC EKATERINBURG
09:449 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 15 A. Cruz 
2 - 0 
09:2515 A. Cruz Def. Rebound   7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:1615 A. Cruz Turnover (Ball Handling)   7 S. Gruda Steal
09:0814 D. Bonner Block   4 O. Arteshina 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 4 O. Arteshina
09:0314 D. Bonner Def. Rebound   4 O. Arteshina 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
08:579 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 A. Valdemoro 
4 - 0 
08:40   4 O. Arteshina 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: Team
08:38 4 - 2 21 A. Wauters 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 C. Dumerc
08:1915 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   21 A. Wauters Def. Rebound
08:08   12 A. Bibrzycka 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 S. Gruda
07:57 4 - 4 7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:3913 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   Team Def. Rebound
07:1815 A. Cruz Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   12 A. Bibrzycka Foul drawn
07:10 4 - 6 7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 C. Dumerc
06:4713 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   21 A. Wauters Block
7 S. Gruda Def. Rebound
06:2714 D. Bonner Block
9 C. Paris Def. Rebound 
  4 O. Arteshina 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
06:2114 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 S. Gruda Def. Rebound
06:0914 D. Bonner Def. Rebound   21 A. Wauters 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:4413 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 D. Bonner 
  
05:4114 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 D. Bonner 
  
05:2310 E. Aguilar Turnover (Ball Handling)   12 A. Bibrzycka Steal
05:20 4 - 8 7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 12 A. Bibrzycka
04:549 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 C. Paris 
  
04:549 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 6 - 8 
04:549 C. Paris Foul drawn   21 A. Wauters Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
04:549 C. Paris Free throw MADE(1/1) 7 - 8 
04:4314 D. Bonner Steal   12 A. Bibrzycka Turnover (Ball Handling)
04:3914 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   4 O. Arteshina Def. Rebound
04:33 7 - 10 21 A. Wauters 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Gruda
04:0913 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 9 - 10 
03:50 9 - 12 12 A. Bibrzycka 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:3113 A. Valdemoro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   4 O. Arteshina Block
21 A. Wauters Def. Rebound
03:1914 D. Bonner Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   7 S. Gruda Foul drawn
03:19 9 - 13 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:19 9 - 14 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:1015 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 11 - 14 
02:5213 A. Valdemoro Def. Rebound   4 O. Arteshina 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:4413 A. Valdemoro Foul drawn   9 C. Dumerc Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
02:44Substitution: 15 A. Cruz out,
8 L. Liljestrand in 
  
02:44   Substitution: 12 A. Bibrzycka out,
23 C. Pondexter in
02:4413 A. Valdemoro Free throw MADE(1/2) 12 - 14 
02:4413 A. Valdemoro Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 9 C. Paris 
  
02:429 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 S. Gruda Def. Rebound
02:27 12 - 17 9 C. Dumerc 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 O. Arteshina
02:0814 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 A. Valdemoro 
14 - 17 
01:48 14 - 19 7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 O. Arteshina
01:2613 A. Valdemoro Turnover (Ball Handling)   4 O. Arteshina Steal
01:16   7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 O. Arteshina
01:1210 E. Aguilar Def. Rebound   4 O. Arteshina 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:0510 E. Aguilar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   21 A. Wauters Def. Rebound
00:529 C. Paris Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   23 C. Pondexter Foul drawn
00:52   Substitution: 21 A. Wauters out,
24 C. Langhorne in
00:52Substitution: 9 C. Paris out,
4 L. Nicholls in 
  
00:14   9 C. Dumerc 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 24 C. Langhorne
00:10 14 - 21 24 C. Langhorne 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
TimeRIVAS ECÓPOLISScoreUMMC EKATERINBURG
10:00Substitution: 10 E. Aguilar out,
7 C. Bermejo Moreno in 
  
10:00   Substitution: 7 S. Gruda out,
10 T. Vidmer in
09:4814 D. Bonner Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   24 C. Langhorne Foul drawn
09:357 C. Bermejo Moreno Steal   23 C. Pondexter Turnover (Ball Handling)
09:337 C. Bermejo Moreno 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 16 - 21 
09:19 16 - 23 23 C. Pondexter 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
09:014 L. Nicholls Foul drawn   10 T. Vidmer Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:01Substitution: 14 D. Bonner out,
9 C. Paris in 
  
09:01Substitution: 8 L. Liljestrand out,
15 A. Cruz in 
  
09:014 L. Nicholls Free throw MADE(1/2) 17 - 23 
09:014 L. Nicholls Free throw MADE(2/2) 18 - 23 
08:4915 A. Cruz Steal   23 C. Pondexter Turnover (Ball Handling)
08:4213 A. Valdemoro Turnover (Ball Handling)   23 C. Pondexter Steal
08:3313 A. Valdemoro Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   24 C. Langhorne Foul drawn
08:33 18 - 24 24 C. Langhorne Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:33 18 - 25 24 C. Langhorne Free throw MADE(2/2)
08:33   Substitution: 4 O. Arteshina out,
12 A. Bibrzycka in
08:33Substitution: 13 A. Valdemoro out,
11 V. Gimeno in 
  
08:1215 A. Cruz Foul drawn   23 C. Pondexter Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
08:1215 A. Cruz Free throw missed(1/2)   
08:1215 A. Cruz Free throw missed(2/2)   10 T. Vidmer Def. Rebound
07:5815 A. Cruz Def. Rebound   12 A. Bibrzycka 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:474 L. Nicholls Foul drawn   23 C. Pondexter Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
07:47   Substitution: 10 T. Vidmer out,
7 S. Gruda in
07:4615 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   12 A. Bibrzycka Def. Rebound
07:304 L. Nicholls Steal   7 S. Gruda Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:1011 V. Gimeno 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 C. Bermejo Moreno 
20 - 25 
07:06   Substitution: 23 C. Pondexter out,
4 O. Arteshina in
07:014 L. Nicholls Steal   7 S. Gruda Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:5715 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   Team Def. Rebound
06:57Timeout   
06:21 20 - 28 12 A. Bibrzycka 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 O. Arteshina
05:569 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   12 A. Bibrzycka Def. Rebound
05:4515 A. Cruz Steal   12 A. Bibrzycka Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:2915 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 C. Dumerc Def. Rebound
05:2511 V. Gimeno Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   9 C. Dumerc Foul drawn
05:25Substitution: 15 A. Cruz out,
8 L. Liljestrand in 
  
05:25Substitution: 9 C. Paris out,
14 D. Bonner in 
  
05:174 L. Nicholls Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   24 C. Langhorne Foul drawn
05:09 20 - 30 7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:444 L. Nicholls 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 8 L. Liljestrand 
22 - 30 
04:294 L. Nicholls Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   7 S. Gruda Foul drawn
04:29Substitution: 11 V. Gimeno out,
13 A. Valdemoro in 
  
04:29   7 S. Gruda Free throw missed(1/2)
04:29 22 - 31 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(2/2)
04:288 L. Liljestrand 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   Team Def. Rebound
04:01Timeout   
04:01Substitution: 4 L. Nicholls out,
9 C. Paris in 
  
03:48   12 A. Bibrzycka 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 A. Bibrzycka
03:357 C. Bermejo Moreno Steal   9 C. Dumerc Turnover (Ball Handling)
03:1514 D. Bonner 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 A. Valdemoro 
25 - 31 
02:5714 D. Bonner Foul drawn   9 C. Dumerc Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
9 C. Dumerc Turnover (Offensive foul)
02:407 C. Bermejo Moreno 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 D. Bonner 
  
02:2113 A. Valdemoro Turnover (Ball Handling)   24 C. Langhorne Steal
02:21   Substitution: 9 C. Dumerc out,
23 C. Pondexter in
02:21Substitution: 8 L. Liljestrand out,
15 A. Cruz in 
  
02:187 C. Bermejo Moreno Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   23 C. Pondexter Foul drawn
02:18Substitution: 7 C. Bermejo Moreno out,
10 E. Aguilar in 
  
02:18 25 - 32 23 C. Pondexter Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:18 25 - 33 23 C. Pondexter Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:5114 D. Bonner 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 C. Paris 
  
01:489 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 S. Gruda Def. Rebound
01:36 25 - 35 7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:25Timeout   
01:0413 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 C. Paris 
  
00:5110 E. Aguilar Turnover (Ball Handling)   23 C. Pondexter Steal
00:2914 D. Bonner Def. Rebound   23 C. Pondexter 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:069 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 E. Aguilar 
27 - 35 
00:02   23 C. Pondexter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeRIVAS ECÓPOLISScoreUMMC EKATERINBURG
09:4713 A. Valdemoro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   21 A. Wauters Def. Rebound
09:20   Team Turnover (24 secs)
09:099 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   12 A. Bibrzycka Def. Rebound
09:00 27 - 38 12 A. Bibrzycka 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:399 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 A. Valdemoro 
29 - 38 
08:1710 E. Aguilar Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   9 C. Dumerc Foul drawn
08:17   9 C. Dumerc Free throw missed(1/2)
08:17 29 - 39 9 C. Dumerc Free throw MADE(2/2)
08:1013 A. Valdemoro Turnover (Out of bounds)   
07:549 C. Paris Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   7 S. Gruda Foul drawn
07:54 29 - 40 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(1/2)
07:54 29 - 41 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:4113 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   12 A. Bibrzycka Def. Rebound
07:31 29 - 43 21 A. Wauters 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 C. Dumerc
07:25Timeout   
07:2510 E. Aguilar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 31 - 43 
07:1014 D. Bonner Def. Rebound   21 A. Wauters 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:559 C. Paris Turnover (Ball Handling)   7 S. Gruda Steal
06:45 31 - 45 4 O. Arteshina 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:109 C. Paris Foul drawn   21 A. Wauters Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
06:10Substitution: 13 A. Valdemoro out,
11 V. Gimeno in 
  
05:5215 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 33 - 45 
05:299 C. Paris Steal   21 A. Wauters Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:2715 A. Cruz Foul drawn   12 A. Bibrzycka Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
05:2014 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 O. Arteshina Def. Rebound
04:58   7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 C. Dumerc
04:52 33 - 47 4 O. Arteshina 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 C. Dumerc
04:3811 V. Gimeno Turnover (Ball Handling)   21 A. Wauters Steal
04:38 33 - 49 21 A. Wauters 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:3815 A. Cruz Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   21 A. Wauters Foul drawn
04:38Substitution: 9 C. Paris out,
4 L. Nicholls in 
  
04:38Substitution: 10 E. Aguilar out,
7 C. Bermejo Moreno in 
  
04:38   Substitution: 12 A. Bibrzycka out,
23 C. Pondexter in
04:3811 V. Gimeno Def. Rebound   21 A. Wauters Free throw missed(1/1)
04:034 L. Nicholls 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 O. Arteshina Def. Rebound
03:4514 D. Bonner Def. Rebound   9 C. Dumerc 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:3815 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 35 - 49 
03:14   21 A. Wauters Turnover (3 secs)
03:14   Substitution: 21 A. Wauters out,
24 C. Langhorne in
03:037 C. Bermejo Moreno Turnover (Ball Handling)   9 C. Dumerc Steal
02:5211 V. Gimeno Def. Rebound   7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:40Substitution: 15 A. Cruz out,
13 A. Valdemoro in 
  
02:3313 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 37 - 49 
02:1211 V. Gimeno Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   7 S. Gruda Foul drawn
02:12   7 S. Gruda Free throw missed(1/2)
02:12 37 - 50 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:4613 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:46Team Turnover (24 secs)   
01:204 L. Nicholls Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   7 S. Gruda Foul drawn
01:20   Substitution: 4 O. Arteshina out,
12 A. Bibrzycka in
01:20 37 - 51 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:20 37 - 52 7 S. Gruda Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:207 C. Bermejo Moreno Foul drawn   24 C. Langhorne Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
01:0313 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 L. Nicholls  
  
01:034 L. Nicholls Foul drawn   24 C. Langhorne Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
00:547 C. Bermejo Moreno Foul drawn   9 C. Dumerc Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
00:54   Substitution: 9 C. Dumerc out,
4 O. Arteshina in
00:547 C. Bermejo Moreno Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:547 C. Bermejo Moreno Free throw missed(2/2)   24 C. Langhorne Def. Rebound
00:48 37 - 55 23 C. Pondexter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Gruda
00:0114 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 39 - 55 
00:0114 D. Bonner Foul drawn   24 C. Langhorne Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)
00:0114 D. Bonner Free throw MADE(1/1) 40 - 55 
00:01 40 - 58 4 O. Arteshina 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:00Substitution: 11 V. Gimeno out,
15 A. Cruz in 
  
TimeRIVAS ECÓPOLISScoreUMMC EKATERINBURG
09:45 40 - 60 23 C. Pondexter 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
09:314 L. Nicholls Foul drawn   12 A. Bibrzycka Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
09:314 L. Nicholls Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:314 L. Nicholls Free throw missed(2/2)   24 C. Langhorne Def. Rebound
08:55 40 - 62 24 C. Langhorne 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 S. Gruda
08:3714 D. Bonner Turnover (Travelling)   
08:37Substitution: 4 L. Nicholls out,
9 C. Paris in 
  
08:22Substitution: 7 C. Bermejo Moreno out,
10 E. Aguilar in 
  
08:179 C. Paris Def. Rebound   7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:0615 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 C. Paris 
  
08:069 C. Paris Foul drawn   7 S. Gruda Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
08:06   Substitution: 7 S. Gruda out,
21 A. Wauters in
08:069 C. Paris Free throw MADE(1/2) 41 - 62 
08:069 C. Paris Free throw MADE(2/2) 42 - 62 
07:4315 A. Cruz Def. Rebound   12 A. Bibrzycka 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:3014 D. Bonner Foul drawn   24 C. Langhorne Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)
07:3014 D. Bonner Free throw MADE(1/2) 43 - 62 
07:3014 D. Bonner Free throw MADE(2/2) 44 - 62 
07:179 C. Paris Steal   12 A. Bibrzycka Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:5515 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 46 - 62 
06:339 C. Paris Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   24 C. Langhorne Foul drawn
06:33   Substitution: 12 A. Bibrzycka out,
9 C. Dumerc in
06:33 46 - 63 24 C. Langhorne Free throw MADE(1/2)
06:33 46 - 64 24 C. Langhorne Free throw MADE(2/2)
06:33   Substitution: 24 C. Langhorne out,
7 S. Gruda in
06:169 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 48 - 64 
05:51 48 - 66 9 C. Dumerc 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:3213 A. Valdemoro 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   9 C. Dumerc Def. Rebound
05:1715 A. Cruz Steal   21 A. Wauters Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:1315 A. Cruz 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 C. Dumerc Def. Rebound
05:049 C. Paris Def. Rebound   4 O. Arteshina 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:5010 E. Aguilar 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 S. Gruda Def. Rebound
04:3315 A. Cruz Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   23 C. Pondexter Foul drawn
04:33Timeout   
04:33   23 C. Pondexter Free throw missed(1/3)
04:33 48 - 67 23 C. Pondexter Free throw MADE(2/3)
04:33 48 - 68 23 C. Pondexter Free throw MADE(3/3)
04:1815 A. Cruz Turnover (Bad Pass)   
04:18   Substitution: 4 O. Arteshina out,
12 A. Bibrzycka in
03:5314 D. Bonner Block
Team Def. Rebound 
  7 S. Gruda 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
03:53Substitution: 13 A. Valdemoro out,
11 V. Gimeno in 
  
03:359 C. Paris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 50 - 68 
03:0515 A. Cruz Def. Rebound   9 C. Dumerc 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:5011 V. Gimeno 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 52 - 68 
02:27 52 - 71 12 A. Bibrzycka 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:1415 A. Cruz Turnover (Bad Pass)   
02:14   Substitution: 21 A. Wauters out,
10 T. Vidmer in
02:04 52 - 73 9 C. Dumerc 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:5014 D. Bonner Foul drawn   10 T. Vidmer Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
01:5014 D. Bonner Free throw MADE(1/2) 53 - 73 
01:5014 D. Bonner Free throw MADE(2/2) 54 - 73 
01:40 54 - 76 23 C. Pondexter 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:2114 D. Bonner 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   7 S. Gruda Def. Rebound
01:0110 E. Aguilar Steal   12 A. Bibrzycka Turnover (Ball Handling)
00:4911 V. Gimeno 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 C. Dumerc Def. Rebound
00:2815 A. Cruz Def. Rebound   10 T. Vidmer 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:0515 A. Cruz Turnover (Ball Handling)   9 C. Dumerc Steal

Accumulated statistics

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg
21/54FG M/A26/51
20/48 (41.7%) FG2P M/A19/35 (54.3%)
1/6 (16.7%) FG3P M/A7/16 (43.8%)
11/18 (61.1%) FT M/A17/22 (77.3%)
27 (9-18) Reb (O-D) 34 (7-27)
8AS11
15TO14
11ST10
3BS2
16PF16
54Pts76

top performers

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg

Courtney Paris

 

Sandrine Gruda

17Pts20
8Reb7
0AS3
2ST2
0BS0
31Min36
Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg 0-4
UMMC Ekaterinburg - Rivas Ecópolis 68-60
15.12.2010, Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Rivas Ecópolis - UMMC Ekaterinburg 54-76
10.11.2010, Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ESP)
UMMC Ekaterinburg - Rivas Ecópolis 63-58
01.02.2011, Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Rivas Ecópolis - UMMC Ekaterinburg 74-83
04.02.2011, Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ESP)

GAME PREVIEW

09.11.2010
Game Of The Week: Rivas Ecopolis vs UMMC Ekaterinburg

In stark contrast to last season when the then newcomers Rivas Ecopolis burst onto the EuroLeague Women scene in a blaze of wondrous glory, this season has proved to be something of nightmare for the Spaniards.

Opening up against a stacked Fenerbahce team tasked with delivering a Final Four place was never going to be easy and having been surprisingly ripped apart in spectacular fashion by MKB EuroLeasing in Sopron last week, Coach Fort and his players find their EuroLeague Women headache is possibly about to turn into a migraine with the arrival of tournament favourites UMMC Ekaterinburg.

9. Courtney Paris (Rivas Ecópolis)
Courtney Paris has performed excellent so far for Rivas, but how will she cope with the formidable Ekaterinburg frontcourt?

Consequently they are staring the very real prospect of an 0-3 start to the new campaign. If they don't manage to shock their Russian visitors and are handed another defeat which is obviously a strong possibility, they can at least find solace and indeed take inspiration from Good Angels Kosice who also lost their first three games and still ended up securing a quarter-final place.

In truth it shouldn't really be like this for Rivas although with the surprise factor and euphoria from last season now resigned to history, reality bites hard. When the likes of Elisa Aguilar and Amaya Valdermoro were shipped in from Ros Casares, the logic was that these two seasoned National Team players with a wealth of experience in EuroLeague Women, including an appearance in the final game of last season would both help secure another successful campaign. However, by the time the game ends against Ekat, they may find themselves faced with something of a mountain to climb and this wasn't in the script.

Not that their predicament can be attributed to Aguilar and Valdemoro, let me make that clear. With the loss of three starters in Jelena Dubljevic, Cathy Joens and Crystal Langhorne, the lack of continuity was always going to make getting off to a good start difficult. I suspect once the team gels, things will be okay in the medium to longer term for the Spanish side, although they have to start playing tenacious defence and urgently.

It probably won't help seeing Crystal Langhorne on their home floor but in an opponent's shirt. Especially since Langhorne isn't even expected to be with Ekat all season as merely covers for Candace Parker and is getting to play only a limited role - certainly not the court time she had in Madrid last year. While the passionate Rivas faithful will afford her a warm welcome, I guess it will be tough seeing their former favourite potentially putting them to the sword.

Rivas brought in the stellar talent of DeWanna Bonner from Brno, one of the main reasons they were knocked out of last year's competition. On the face of it, the numbers show she is averaging a season double-double after the first two games but dig a little deeper and you realise her percentages are way down on last year and currently sub 40%. She is a class act and will get better and that is one big positive while another is the early contribution of EuroLeague Women rookie Courtney Paris who has been the best player to date.

The final boost I can give Rivas Ecopolis fans while they are perhaps feeling a little down, at least in comparison to the highs of this time last year is simply that the club do have a superb base of highly talented young players and in the longer term, surely whatever way this season pans out, the future has to be bright and Aguilar and Valdemoro will be passing on their expertise every day.

In terms of UMMC Ekaterinburg, there is very little to say. They are ram-packed with more talent on paper than any other team in the tournament and have also as much continuity as anybody else which is surely a recipe for success. In every game they play, this classy team are expected to win and on more occasions than not, win handsomely. You always get the feeling with powerhouses like Ekat, the Qualifying Round is always going to be little more than a warm-up - a kind of muscle-flex before the more serious business of the knockout stages arrive.

Not that they take games lightly and of course, this is when fine tuning can take place for Coach Vetra and the players so when it really does matter and their necks are on the line later in the tournament, they can respond. Aside from the arrival of Langhorne, it's pretty much as you were for Ekaterinburg in terms of personnel, including that date in the diary for the New Year when Parker jets in. During their first couple of games it has also been business as usual. Powerful in all areas and without many weaknesses - if they have any at all that is.

It is a daunting prospect for Rivas but they say that a threat can always been turned into an opportunity and if they can pull out a win against their visitors, there would be no better way to light a fire under their season. To do that though, they have to figure out how to make sure the ‘X Factors' I have identified below go in their favour.

The Form - Rivas Ecoplolis are 6-1 and in their traditional third place in Liga Femenina and have lost both EuroLeague Women games to date. UMMC Ekaterinburg meanwhile are unbeaten this season having went 4-0 in the Russian league and with two EuroLeague Women wins to their name against Gospic Croatia and Lotos Gdynia.

Perimeter & Penetration - The backcourt is something of a contentious one for me when it comes to the hosts who have Bermejo-Moreno and Aguilar now sharing the bulk of the work with the ball, an issue explored in the ‘X Factor' section. They will pin their hopes on the versatile DeWanna Bonner and Amaya Valdemoro to mix it up and they will be the main offensive threats for the Spanish club although like most Rivas players, they need to find some form in terms of their efficiency right now. Linnea Liljestrand and Anna Cruz will also contribute for Rivas but they all have a struggle ahead against the Ekat defence. Dumerc and Pondexter look a terrific combination for the visitors. The backcourt seems to constantly evolve with Dumerc now maybe doing even more than usual with the ball and freeing up Pondexter to score more freely and get busy hustling and contributing in other areas. The pair are as dynamic as you can get in ELW. Deanna Nolan also offers a superb option too but for me, Pondexter can't be allowed open shots because on current form it would be goodnight early for Rivas if they don't lock her down.

In The Paint - For the home team it will be interesting to see how Courtney Paris fares as she has showed promise so far in the center spot and this will be a huge test for her against the likes of Sandrine Gruda, Ann Wauters and Crystal Langhorne. To think Stepanova might miss out injured and Candace Parker will be here in the New Year, it is genuinely jaw dropping when you reel off those names, let alone try to stop them on the court! With young Nicholls, Herrera, Gimeo and Abalde all pitching in with the EuroLeague Women rookie Paris, it really is an inexperienced frontcourt for Rivas and this is where they look to be exposed and Ekat are way out in front. For me, coping with the trio of big bodies mentioned will be hard enough for the hosts let alone with the classy Bibrzycka chipping in. In fact, it looks a little one-sided to me, but then games aren't played on paper or on reputations.

The Hot Hands - Both Ann Wauters and Cappie Pondexter are having great starts to the season with the former simply stunning inside with 15 of 16 so far while Pondexter has showcased her full range to date with a double-double in the last game. For Rivas Ecopolis it has of course been a disappointment to date but Courtney Paris has made a nice start to her EuroLeague career despite the shortcomings of the team.

11. Crystal Langhorne (Rivas Ecópolis)
Crystal Langhorne, the latest addition to the star-studded Ekaterinburg team, has very fond memories of Rivas

The ‘X Factors' - For me, there is only one rather major ‘X Factor' not just in this game but in the entire season and outlook of Rivas Ecopolis and that is Clara Bermejo Moreno . She was the playmaker who pulled the strings last year and provided the main thrust behind the initial success of the rookies in EuroLeague Women as they made the largest of splashes with their scintillating Qualifying Campaign. I campaigned through my Paulball columns for her inclusion in the All Star game in recognition of her efforts and she deservedly made it. However, her reward for a stellar season has been for Elisa Aguilar to arrive and eat up a percentage of her minutes and whether it is confidence or something else, her performances have suffered. The phrase ‘if it isn't broken don't try to fix it' springs to mind. The other ‘X Factor'? Well, that is surely aggressive defence. Without it, Rivas Ecopolis are dead in the water. They aren't exactly huge nor lightening quick and just have to play above themselves as a team defensively and work their fingers to the bone trying to keep teams to less than 80 points as a bare minimum. They have rebounded poorly, blocked hardly any shots and came up with hardly any steals. That screams out a lack of defensive intensity. It needs resolving and quickly otherwise the season will be over before they know it.

Rising Star Watch - While there is a dearth of young talent in the star studded ranks of UMMC Ekaterinburg, there are plenty of rising stars to follow at Rivas Ecopolis this year, not just during this game. There are four players aged 21 years or younger given decent court-time by Javier Fort and they are Laura Herrera, Vega Gimeno, Laura Nicholls and Tamara Abalde. All are currently looking to establish themselves as serviceable EuroLeague players in forthcoming seasons and in any game whether it be Europe or Liga Femenina, it's terrific being able to track the progress of a quartet of players all successful ay National Team youth levels and looking to carve out good pro-careers and who knows? Perhaps full international honours some time in the near future. In fact with the likes of Valdemoro at the club, it's almost a case of a teacher and pupils scenario and she can have a big hand in helping to shape the future for Spain at senior national team level with how she helps develop the game and mentality of these rising stars during her time in Madrid.

Did You Know? - This is the third successive road trip for UMMC Ekaterinburg who will play all five of their home games consecutively this year starting next week when they host MKB EuroLeasing!

Fighting For Fitness - UMMC center Maria Stepanova could be missing again having sat out the game at Lotos Gdynia last week.

What They Say
Ekaterinburg forward Crystal Langhorne on going back to her old club: "I expect it to be a good game. Rivas will be prepared for our team and with them playing at home, I think they will have the extra motivation. I'm excited to go back to Madrid and see my old team-mates, the staff, and all of the people that I met while I was there. I love that city and it will be nice to visit my old stomping grounds. As a team, we feel like we are in a ok place but that we can play much better. I think as time goes on we will continue to get stronger as a team."

Ekaterinburg star guard Cappie Pondexter: "Well, we know that everyone has us as their target for this season and we are a strong team but with still a lot of improvements to make through out the season. The great thing about our team this year is we are all familiar with each others game and have the same common goal and that's to win a EuroLeague Women title. Rivas Ecopolis are a very good team and have great American players as well. We know it will be a hostile environment on their home court and we just wanna come out and play our style of basketball which is being aggressive on both ends of the floor."

Summer arrival in Madrid Elisa Aguilar: "To beat a team of great players is going to be difficult. It's difficult to single out a player above the others in this team because they have a long and very competitive roster. It is clear that recent results we have had against powerful offensive teams like Fenerbahce and Sopron with now Ekaterinburg that it is all about defence. If you give up a score of 90 points against Ekaterinburg then it is almost impossible to win. We have discussed this many times but now it is time to put it into practice and start being more physical, consistent and controlling the boards."

Rivas Ecópolis UMMC Ekaterinburg 0-4
UMMC Ekaterinburg - Rivas Ecópolis 68-60
15.12.2010, Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Rivas Ecópolis - UMMC Ekaterinburg 54-76
10.11.2010, Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ESP)
UMMC Ekaterinburg - Rivas Ecópolis 63-58
01.02.2011, Ekaterinburg (RUS)
Rivas Ecópolis - UMMC Ekaterinburg 74-83
04.02.2011, Rivas-Vaciamadrid (ESP)