Charles and Beard Fire Wisla Past Rivas

30.01.2013

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

11. Alana Beard (Wisla Can-Pack)
Alana Beard was instrumental in her comeback for Wisla Can-Pack, scoring 16 points

Wisla Can-Pack bounced back from last week's mauling in Vidnoje as Tina Charles and the returning Alana Beard propelled them to a 74-66 victory against Rivas Ecopolis in EuroLeague Women Group A.

Having already won the first match-up with Rivas on Spanish soil, Wisla head coach Jose Hernandez will have been delighted to complete a double over one of his teams' main rivals as the fight for play-off positioning continues.

He mainly had Beard to thank for the win, coming back from her recent injury to post a shooting performance which harvested 16 points and was the perfect accompaniment to the 22-point, 14-rebound display by Charles.

In stark contrast, Rivas play-caller Miguel Mendez will be disappointed his team spilled the ball 23 times which proved costly.

The visitors had led 21-18 and looked reasonably comfortable, but Beard intervened and really got Wisla rolling with three baskets in a row.

It acted as a springboard for the Krakow club and their fans enjoyed watching the home favourites kick on, eventually taking a 37-29 half-time lead.

Things didn't improve for Rivas when they took to the floor for the second half, falling further behind as a Charles basket made it 49-35 and by the time Spanish playmaker Cristina Ouvina scored at the hoop at the end of the third quarter, the margin was an insurmountable 16 points.

Rivas managed to add a touch of respectability to the final score line and threatened to give Wisla the jitters when they narrowed the gap to 68-64 with a minute remaining, but the hosts held firm to take the win.

Ukrainian forward Oleksandra Kurasova top-scored for Rivas with 15 points.

 


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