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PostPosted: 05/02/09 9:39 pm    ::: Finals in Italy Reply Reply with quote

The best-of-five title series opened on Saturday, with Simona Ballardini's 24 points enabling host Venezia to get the drop in front of 3500 fans. Megan Mahoney scored 15 points and Suzy Batkovic added 14 for regular-season champ Taranto, who'll be at home for the next two games.

Umana Venezia 74, Cras Basket Taranto 62
VEN: Ballardini 24, Cirone 12, Carson 10 (Andrade 8, Hayden-Johnson 7)
TAR: Mahoney 15, Batkovic 14, Greco 11 (Sauret-Gillespie 3)

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Schedule:
Game 2 -- Tuesday, May 5 at Taranto
Game 3 -- Thursday, May 7 at Taranto
Game 4 -- Sunday, May 10 at Venezia (if necessary)
Game 5 -- Wednesday, May 13 at Taranto (if necessary)


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PostPosted: 05/06/09 12:07 am    ::: Finals in Italy Reply Reply with quote

Tuesday's Game 2 saw Taranto overcome 24 turnovers to level the series in front of 2700 at home. Ilsaine David led the winners with 14 points, while Elodie Godin contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Cras Basket Taranto 56, Umana Venezia 52
TAR: Zaine 14, Godin 10, Greco 8, Mahoney 8, Siccardi 8 (Batkovic 3, Sauret-Gillespie 2)
VEN: Corradini 8, Jokic 8, Nadalin 8 (Hayden-Johnson 7, Andrade 6, Carson 2)
(Series tied, 1-1)


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PostPosted: 05/07/09 8:08 pm    ::: Finals in Italy Reply Reply with quote

Thursday's Game 3 continued the string of victories by the home team, as Megan Mahoney tallied 19 points to move Taranto within one game of the championship. Venezia received 11 points apiece from Mariangela Cirone and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson.

Cras Basket Taranto 57, Umana Venezia 50
TAR: Mahoney 19, Batkovic 10, Greco 10 (Sauret-Gillespie 0)
VEN: Cirone 11, Hayden-Johnson 11, Carson 10 (Andrade 2)
(Cras Basket Taranto leads series, 2-1)


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PostPosted: 05/10/09 9:03 pm    ::: Finals in Italy Reply Reply with quote

Taranto wrapped up its second LegA championship (first since 2003) by using a 15-2 second-half surge to slip past Venezia on Sunday. The winners received 12 points apiece from Suzy Batkovic, Megan Mahoney and Finals MVP Elodie Godin, who also pulled down 10 rebounds. Simona Ballardini topped Venezia with 11 points and six steals.

Cras Basket Taranto 56, Umana Venezia 52
VEN: Ballardini 11, Jokic 11, Hayden-Johnson 9 (Andrade 7, Carson 2)
TAR: Batkovic 12, Godin 12, Mahoney 12 (Greco 4, Sauret-Gillespie 0)
(Cras Basket Taranto wins series, 3-1)



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PostPosted: 05/11/09 3:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yikes. Essence's performance does not bode well.


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PostPosted: 05/11/09 3:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Now Batkovic can go home and get ready for her wedding and the Storm. Congrats.



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PostPosted: 05/11/09 5:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

myrtle wrote:
Yikes. Essence's performance does not bode well.


I was thinking the same thing. 17 minutes and 14 minutes for two of the games -- did she play hurt or did she get benched?

I've always wondered if that first game with Venezia got into her head. Carson missed two free throws that could have clinched the win, and then she committed a foul to allow the other team to tie. Eventually, Venezia lost in OT... what a debut. Crying or Very sad



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PostPosted: 05/11/09 6:22 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Anyone know what Carson's shooting % overall looks like?


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PostPosted: 05/11/09 6:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

LibWNBAFan wrote:
Anyone know what Carson's shooting % overall looks like?


http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=88177

About 43% from the field in Italy. She's also shooting 38% from three, which is very good--but she's hitting less than one three-pointer a game (13 threes in 18 games).

Probably shouldn't have traded away that 2010 draft pick.



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PostPosted: 05/11/09 6:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

bballfan2005 wrote:
LibWNBAFan wrote:
Anyone know what Carson's shooting % overall looks like?


http://www.eurobasket.com/player.asp?Cntry=ITA&PlayerID=88177

About 43% from the field in Italy. She's also shooting 38% from three, which is very good--but she's hitting less than one three-pointer a game (13 threes in 18 games).

Probably shouldn't have traded away that 2010 draft pick.


Thanks. Hopefully her game from 17 feet on out improves a little bit. My expectations are guardedly optimistic for a mild step forward but not much beyond that. I'd rather expect that than expect too much and be disappointed.


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