Ros Back On Track With Win Over Gdynia

14.12.2011

EUROLEAGUE WOMEN

9. Laia Palau (Ros Casares)
Ros Casares captain Laia Palau did a little bit of everything on Wednesday night, finishing with 14 points, 13 assists and four steals

Ros Casares bounced back from last week's upset defeat at VICI Aistes by winning at home against a battling Lotos Gdynia on Wednesday night in the EuroLeague Women.

Club captain Laia Palau had 14 points, 13 assists and four steals and Ann Wauters scored 21 as Ros prevailed, 84-70.

The Spaniards joined Galatasaray (both 8-2) at the top of Group A.

Ros Casares, coached by veteran Natalia Hejkova, scored the game's first five points and led the entire time against their Polish opponents.

While Javier Fort's Lotos Gdynia team lost for the eighth time in 10 EuroLeague Women games, they looked organized and never gave up.

Ros Casares went in front by 19 in the third quarter but Lotos fought back and pulled to within 62-54 at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Ivana Jalcova hit a shot from long range.

A crucial sequence followed, with the hosts going to the other end and getting two offensive rebounds.

Eshaya Murphy ended up scoring for a 64-54 lead.

Sancho Lyttle, who was ill and didn't travel to Kaunas last week, then scored five straight points for the home side to stretch the advantage to 15.

Murphy's three-ball with 1:54 to play put Ros Casares on top, 80-60.

Lotos Gdynia made the score line look more respectable with a good finish.

Murphy finished with 17 points and Lyttle 15 for Ros.

Lauren Jackson played 19 minutes and had seven points and a rebound.

Fort, who used to coach at Rivas Ecopolis in Madrid, returned to La Fonteta - the venue where he celebrated a Copa de la Reina triumph last season.

Geraldine Robert had 16 points and eight rebounds for Gdynia.


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