Casas Class Halts Rivas Losing Streak



9. Queralt Casas (Rivas Ecopolis)
Queralt Casas propelled Rivas Ecopolis to victory with a personal-best 24 points

A EuroLeague Women career-high score by Queralt Casas helped Rivas Ecopolis end a four-game losing streak and revive their Group B fortunes with a 63-56 success against Basket Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration.

The guard poured in 24 points from a majestic 10-of-13 shooting display as Rivas shrugged off the body blow of losing Spanish national team center Laura Gil to a season-ending injury, by getting back on the winning track.

It had initially looked like the hosts might be heading for a fifth consecutive defeat when basement dwellers BLMA opened up a useful 26-17 lead.

But Rivas stepped up their defensive intensity and produced a stirring 17-3 run to put themselves in the ascendency.

Both teams enjoyed regular shares of the lead for the remainder of the encounter until BLMA hit a major drought during crunch time.

Leading 56-52 after a basket by Ingrid Tanqueray and with just under four minutes left to play, the French club looked well placed, but with foul trouble mounting, their offence deserted them and they didn't score again.

Rivas finished with the last eleven points of the game, helped by a trio of downtown conversions.

Casas put the home side in front at 57-56 and Swedish star Frida Eldebrink drove the dagger home with two triples of her own.

Laura Nicholls pulled down 13 rebounds and swatted three shots for Rivas, whilst Gunta Basko-Melnbarde and Geraldine Robert shared 30 points for BLMA who remain bottom of the standings.


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