Ros Work Hard To See Off Sparta&K

29.03.2012

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

Turning Point: The first four minutes of the final quarter cost Sparta&K and led to much of their great work being undone as Ros posted a devastating 12-0 run.

Game Heroes: Laia Palau finished with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and made three of three from downtown in a pivotal performance.

Tournament favourites Ros Casares dug themselves out of an early hole to secure a hard fought and vital 77-66 success against Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje.

Sparta&K had started the contest by picking up where they left off in their first game against Wisla Can-Pack with a super shooting display during the first couple of quarters.

Perhaps surprisingly, Ros allowed them plenty of space to shoot the ball from long-range and they took full advantage. Having raced into an early double digit lead at 18-8 courtesy of a vibrant opening quarter, they extended their lead early in the second period.

Back to back three-balls by Marina Kuzina and Sonja Petrovic made it 24-13 and had Ros Casares on the back foot.

The Spanish club was giving up far too many offensive rebounds to their smaller opponents and combined with missing too many lay-ups in the post, it was developing into a frustrating day for Coach Iniguez and his players.

However, trailing 39-27 with less than sixty seconds until the interval, they gave themselves a huge lift for the second half when they also found their range as Lauren Jackson and Laia Palau both converted from outside to cut the gap to just six points.

The game continued to develop into a shootout as firstly the pendulum swung right back to Sparta&K when Becky Hammon came out and hit a three-pointer before Jackson replied with another couple of triples to reduce the damage to 47-45.

Heading into the last period, Ros still trailed by four points but they turned the game on its head with a scorching 12-0 run.

As hard as they tried, Sparta&K couldn't recover fully from the setback. They narrowed to within two points but Ros completed their comeback and sealed a second win in as many days.


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