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Spanish League Round 18: Next week, the Copa

Four teams play in the Copa de la Reina next weekend. Ten teams get a week's vacation. But all teams play this week.

Robyn Parks defends against a Perfumerias player.
Robyn Parks defends against a Perfumerias player.
Alejandro López Redondo

Next week, the Copa de la Reina - the Queen's Cup - will be held.  Four teams will play for the trophy.  The cup was first awarded in 1943 and has been awarded every year since 1978.

So being Queen's Cup champion holds some prestige in the Liga Feminina.  Some promotional videos have already been released on YouTube.  Here are some examples.

Girona



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I'm sure all four clubs have their fans, but I'm looking forward to a potential Perfumerias vs. Girona matchup in the finals.  Perfumerias would like to keep the cup a second year in a row (it would be their fifth cup overall), but in both regular season matches this year, Girona has just been too tough for Perfumerias to beat.

If Girona could steal the cup, it would be their very first Copa de la Reina championship.  But we won't know who is going to be crowned until February 15th.  Until then, here are the games from last weekend.

Conquero 72, Gernika 70

On Friday, Gernika (11-7) had a chance to send the game into overtime, but they missed a critical shot that allowed home team Conquero (15-3) to seal the victory.

Going into the last two minutes, Conquero was down 70-65.  They fought back to close to 70-69 with 40 seconds left.  But Gernika missed its final two shots and Maria Pina and Aja Parham hit three out of four free throws down the stretch to allow Conquero to move up and escape with the victory.

As it turned out, foul shooting would be very important - both teams combined took 50 shots from the free throw line.

Maria Pina had 17 points to lead Conquero.  Aja Parham had 16 points and Chelsea Davis had nine points.

For Gernika, it was Claudia Pop leading with 21 points and 5 rebounds.  Bernice Mosby had 13 points and 8 rebounds, but shot 3-for-14 for the game.  Brittany Miller had 11 points and 5 rebounds in the loss.




Perfumerias 82, Gran Canaria 60

Perfumeria (16-2) pulled away in the second half with the win against visiting Gran Canaria (6-12).  Avenida
retains its share of first place with the win and looks good as they play for the Copa de la Reina next weekend.

Gran Canaria might have challenged in the second quarter to stay within five points at halftime, 38-33.  But Perfumieras won both remaining quarters and blew out the island visitors 25-12 in the remaining 10 minutes.

Five players scored in double figures for Perfumieras and 12 players earned court time if only for less than a minute.  Angel Robinson led Perfumieras with 12 points/11 rebounds and Shay Murphy scored 10 points for her Euroleague team.

For Gran Canaria, Robyn Parks led all players with 19 points.  Iris Junio scored 14 points and Vega Gimeno scored 13 points/7 rebounds.  Samarie Walker had 2 points/10 rebounds for the game with four offensive rebounds.

Trivia: Attendance for the game was 2,800.

Robyn Parks of Gran Canaria sneaks past a sleeping Perfumerias defense.



Bembibre 70, Ferrol 47

With the loss by 5th-place Gernika, Bembibre (10-8) is now just one game behind them as they get a big win on the road against Ferrol (6-12).

This was a "game without a history" as Bembibre won every quarter.  They won both the first quarter and the last quarter by nine points.  Ferrol had 21 turnovers and shot just 37 percent vs. 52 percent from the winners

Haley Peters was the only player for Ferrol in double-digits with 16 points.  DeNesha Stallworth's ankle injury after her last game must not have been that serious - she played 31 minutes and finished with 8 points/8 rebounds.

Rita Montenegro and Ariel Edwards each had 16 points to lead Bembibre.  Dita Liepkalne had 14 points and Orla O'Reilly finished with 12 points.

Cadi La Seu 79, Gipuzkoa UPV 72 (OT)

Cadi La Seu (12-6) remained in 4th place, one game above Gernika with a home overtime win against Gipuzkoa UPV (6-12).  Gipuzkoa UPV won the shooting battle, 49 percent to 38 percent but also turned the ball over 28 times.

Miriam Foraste hit one of two free throws to tie the game 65-65 for Gipuzkoa UPV, and Cadi La Seu failed to score in the last possession of the first forty minutes.  However, in the overtime period it was all Cadi La Seu.

Four players scored in double-digits for Cadi La Seu.  Georgina Bahi led Cadi La Seu with 17 points.  Ben Hind and Tania Perez had 14 points each.  Marlou de Kleijn scored 13 points in 40 minutes of play.  Tyrese Tanner only scored a defensive rebound, a steal and a failed shot attempt in less than one minute of play.

For Gipuzkoa UPV, Iulene Olabarria had 23 points.  Maria Gomez had 12 points and 13 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal...and 10 turnovers.  Miriam Foraste had 24 points, 6 rebounds (and 5 turnovers) and Oumoul Sarr had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 turnovers. Lenita Stanford had one rebound, one turnover and two fouls in six minutes of play.


Al-Qazeres 75, Mann Filter 73 (2 OT)

The great thing about European basketball is not only do you get battles to stay at the top, you get battles to stay away from the bottom of the league and the deadly relegation zone.  In the first game on Sunday 14th place Al-Qazeres (4-14) got a win it really needed at home against 12th place Mann Filter (5-13), although it took them two overtimes to do it.

In the second overtime, with Al-Qazeres up 73-71 and 51 seconds left, Kristine Vitola of Mann Filter traveled.  Al-Qazeres couldn't take advantage as Veronica Sanchez committed an offensive foul, sending Vitola back to the line to tie it up with two made free throws and nine seconds.  But Al-Qazeres would come throw in the final possession of the second overtime with Yaiza Garcia coming through for the home squad.

It would be a sloppy game - Al-Qazeres would finish with 24 turnovers and Mann Filter would finish with 21.  It might have been rebounding that was the key, as Al-Qazeres won that battle 43-31.

Jennifer George led Al-Qazeres with 16 points/10 rebounds.  Nina Bogicevic had 14 points and Veronica Sanchez had 11 points.  Karla Gilbert finished with 6 points/6 rebounds in 25 minutes of play and Callan Taylor added 6 points/6 rebounds of her own.

For Mann Filter, Kristine Vitola led with 25 points/10 rebounds.  Belen Arrojo had 12 points and Laura Herrera had 10.  Yvonne Turner had 8 points (and 8 turnovers) but played almost the entire game, racking up 47 minutes of playing time.

Girona 70, Zamarat 50

Girona (16-2) is in a race with Perfumerias to maintain a hold on the #1 spot in the Liga Femenina.  Beating visiting club Zamarat (7-11) will keep Girona in its tie for first.

Zamarat was held to just 30 percent shooting.  They shot a staggering - well, staggeringly bad - 0-for-17 from the 3-point line.

Five players scored in double-digits for Girona.  Brittany Chambers had 16 points/9 rebounds and Ify Ibekwe had 15 points/7 rebounds.  Vanessa Gidden contributed 10 points/14 rebounds in the victory.

For Zamarat, Maria Manzanares led her club with 12 points/11 rebounds. Sofia Gomes da Silva had 11 points.  Caroline Durbin only scored 0 points in 10 minutes and went 0-for-2.

Rivas Ecopolis 67, Campus Promete 58

Riva Ecopolis (8-10) went into the Copa de la Reina with some momentum as they went on the road and beat the weak Campus Promete (4-14) squad.  The win puts Rivas in possession of 7th place.

The key to the Rivas victory is undoubtedly their hot start, where they ended the first quarter 24-10.  Rivas is happy because according to their writeup, eight wins is usually the benchmark a team has to reach to avoid danger of relegation.

According to head coach José Ignacio Hernández:  "The Copa de la Reina break is coming . It is clear that the objectives of the club this year are different, namely to ensure the club remains in the top flight and we're close to it. The Copa is coming and we're going to enjoy it, and why not work to try to cause an upset?  But we're already satisfied because we're achieving our goal."

Adriana Knezevic and Licet Castillo each had 11 points for Campus Promete.  Paual Estebas added eight points in the loss.  Chanel Mokango also had eight points in 24 minutes of play.

For Rivas, Angela Salvadores led with 19 points.  Gabriele Ocete had 15 points/6 assists and Lady Comfort had 14 points/7 rebounds.  Lyndra Weaver had 4 points/11 rebounds in a 2-for-10 shooting game.



Copa de la Reina (February 14-15)

February 14: Perfumerias vs. Rivas Ecopolis (Game 1), Conquero vs. Girona (Game 2)
February 15: Finals  -  Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

Round 19 (February 21-22)

*Conquero (15-3) @ Gran Canaria (6-12)
Campus Promete (4-14) @ *Gernika (11-7)
*Girona (16-2) @ Rivas Ecopolis (8-10)
*Cadi La Seu (12-6) @ Zamarat (7-11)
*Al-Qazeres (4-14) @ Gipuzkoa UPV (6-12)
*Ferrol (6-12) @ Mann Filter (5-13)
*Perfumerias (16-2) @ Bembibre (10-8)

* - won previous Round 6 game