Rivas Strike Early In Midnight Showdown


9. Queralt Casas (Rivas Ecopolis)
Queralt Casas scored a personal season-best 13 points

Rivas Ecopolis wasted little time in getting to work in their specially rescheduled midnight EuroLeague Women showdown with Uni Györ after a scorching first quarter facilitated an excellent 84-65 Group A win.

With the tip-off moved to the early hours of the morning to limit the impact of a national strike in Spain, it was the Györ defence which downed tools during the first period when they fell 24-8 behind.

Caught napping early and also when handling the ball, the visitors struggled when the hosts applied excellent defensive pressure on their opponent .

Györ was always on the back-foot as they tried to rectify their sticky start, and whilst they registered a 12-2 run during the second quarter to briefly make it a one-shot game at 30-28, it was to be as close as they would get to a recovery.

The hosts pulled away again and enjoyed far too many fast break opportunities not to surge back ahead as Queralt Casas scored to put them 63-48 in front by the end of the third quarter.

And, Casas posted the best performance of her fledgling EuroLeague Women career with 13 points and three steals as the Spanish side coasted over the finishing line against their weary opponent.

Ziomara Morrison also impressed with 15 points in 17 minutes, as did in-form Anna Cruz who top scored with 19 points.

Latvian center Ieva Kublina had a double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.



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