Ros Grind Out Win Over Gorzow


Ros Casares didn't shoot well and they turned the ball over 19 times yet still managed to beat a good Gorzow team in Valencia on Wednesday night. Making just 20 of 54 shots (37%) inside the arc and two of 10 (20%) beyond it, Ros beat the visitors from Poland, 60-53.

The Spanish did do something well.

They forced Gorzow into even more turnovers, 21, and held them to 21 of 59 (35.6%) shooting overall.

In other words, Ros were the better side in a game that was dominated by defense.

Gorzow held Ros to just six points for more than nine minutes at the start of the game.

A Kalana Greene jumper with 1:15 to go in the opening frame gave the visitors a 16-6 lead.

Ros stole the moment right at the end of the first period, though, with two Katie Douglas free-throws and a Rebekkah Brunson tip-in to trail 16-12.

They continued the run in the second quarter when a Katie Douglas three-pointer capped the spurt and made it 20-16.

A Greene three-pointer would put Gorzow back in front at 25-24 with 4:24 left in the half.

Cindy Lima responded with a lay-up, however, and that was followed by two Brunson free-throws and a Nuria Martinez three-ball which put the hosts in front to stay.

They took a 35-27 lead to half-time.

Ros went in front by 11 in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth before settling for a seven-point win.

Brunson and Douglas each had 16 points for Ros while Gorzow received 14 points and 12 rebounds from their Belarus superstar center, Yelena Leuchanka.