TTT Riga Much Better But Ros Win Convincingly


Ros Casares didn't win by 80 points as they did in the first encounter with TTT Riga back in Valencia but Isma Canto's side still claimed a convincing triumph the second time out in EuroLeague Women Group A.

With the EuroBasket 2007 MVP Amaya Valdemoro finally playing for the club after a long injury lay-off, albeit just for seven minutes, Ros won 78-54 to improve to 5-1.

The Spanish team opened up a 21-12 lead by the end of the first quarter only for TTT Riga to claw their way back and trail 24-22 when Kristine Karklina capped a 6-0 spurt with back-to-back jump shots.

The sparse crowd of 350 had reason to cheer when Riga's Spaniard, Cindy Lima, stole the ball from Laia Palau and went in for a lay-up to leave Ros leading 36-33 at the break.

Midway through the third quarter, TTT Riga were only behind 44-41 when Ros seized the initiative.

Delisha Milton-Jones made two free-throws and Elisa Aguilar buried a shot from behind the arc.

Milton-Jones scored again to make it 51-41 with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

TTT Riga's resistance finally gave way in the fourth quarter when the visitors reeled off 11 consecutive points for a 62-43 advantage.

Milton-Jones has been Ros Casares' most consistent player this season.

The American had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Becky Hammon had her best shooting game in the EuroLeague Women since joining Ros Casares last month.

The Russia international made four of five shots from three-point range and scored 18 points.

For TTT Riga, Latvia national team center Aija Brumermane finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while Lima had 10 points and 11 boards.

Karklina added 10 points, four assists and three rebounds but turned the ball over five times.

The teams were excellent at the free-throw line with TTT Riga 14 of 15 (93.3%) and Ros Casares 11 of 12 (91.7%).

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