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Spanish League Round 17: Perfumerias won't be smacked

A Perfumerias player complains of rough play, and the top teams in the league get smacked around on the scoreboard.

DeNesha Stallworth injured her ankle.   Photo by Alejandro López Redondo at
DeNesha Stallworth injured her ankle. Photo by Alejandro López Redondo at
Alejandro López Redondo

The big news, if any, in Round 17 was a verbal altercation after the game between Marta Xargay of Perfumerias and Ferrol coach Lino Lopez.

Apparently, Xargay took a few elbows during the game and after the match, she told Lopez, "You can't tell your player to hit me in the face."

Lopez protested that he was just instructing his player to play good defense. 

Alberto Miranda, head coach of Perfumerias, said that this kind of attitude should not be allowed. "Marta Xargay is international and has earned the respect of Spain and Europe."  However, Miranda attributed the incident to the stress of the game.

Fran Cortes at didn't think the incident was a big deal and agreed that any incidents were just the result of stressful play.

Perfumerias might have had a player hit in the face by accident, but other leading teams took hits on the scoreboard this Round.  On to the Round 17 writeups:

Gernika 92, Gran Canaria 52

Gernika (11-6) came to the Canary Islands to visit Gran Canaria (6-11) but they weren't bringing presents.  Instead, they brought a 40 point defeat as Gernika strengthened its argument for a playoff spot.

Gran Canaria led 18-11 at the end of the first quarter, but every other quarter after that would be won by the visitors in double-digits.  Gernika would make 58 percent of their shots and were boosted by an 11-for-21 shooting game from behind the 3-point line.

For Gran Canaria, Vega Gimeno led all players with 16 points and Iris Junio contributed 14 points.  But it wasn't a good day for the Americans playing for Gran Canaria.  Robyn Parks had 7 turnovers and shot 2-for-10 for just five points.  Samarie Walker probably had her team's best game:  6 rebounds/5 steals - but put up the same number of points as Parks.

For Gernika, Britany Miller made her argument for being the round's MVP with a 10-for-12 shooting game; 22 points/14 rebounds.  Bernice Mosby added 16 points and 7 rebounds.  But Claudia Pop led both teams in scoring with 25 points despite her seven turnovers.

Interestingly, Gernika coach Maria Lopez picked up a technical foul.  Gran Canaria coach Domingo Diaz Martin got two technical fouls and left the game with two minutes to go.

It gets tougher for Gran Canaria.  They play Perfumerias next, and on the road.

Photos of the game are here at

Bernice Mosby tweeted her personal highlights, and begged the question if Britany Miller got something nice to drink before the game.

Before the game, Samarie Walker of Gran Canaria gets some time on TV:

Trivia: The game was played in front of about 100 fans.

Rivas Ecopolis 71, Conquero 67

Rivas (7-10) let the rest of the league know that the playoffs aren't decided, not yet.  They treated visiting 3rd place Conquero (14-3) to a four point loss.

This was a game where Rivas spent most of their time looking up at Conquero, but by very close margins.  Conquero only had a 34-29 lead over Rivas at halftime, and after the third quarter they hadn't expanded their lead with the score 51-46.  It could be anyone's game going into the fourth quarter. 

Lyndra Weaver hit four straight free throws to tied the game at 53-53 with seven minutes to go.  With three minutes left the score was 61-61.  Chelsea Davis had a chance to tie the game with a final shot, but missed and Conquero was forced to send Lady Comfort to the line, who hit her shots to secure the upset win.

Conquero wasn't helped by committing 26 personal fouls.  I don't know if the refereeing was home cooking on behalf of Rivas, but Rivas made good use of the charity stripe, shooting 27-for-32 at the line.

Lyndra Weaver led Rivas with 16 points/11 rebounds.  Angela Salvadores had 18 points and Lady Comfort had 16 points/8 rebounds for the winners.

For Conquero, Maria del Asurmendi had 17 points,  Aja Parham led the team with 21 points.  Adaora Elonu only had 8 points and Chelsea Davis had 6 points/5 rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

Photos of the game are here at

Zamarat 76, Campus Promete 57

In a match between two teams in the bottom division, home squad Zamarat (7-10) cruised to a 19-point win against visiting bottom-dweller Campus Promete (4-13) to end a four-game losing streak.

This game was decided in the final 10 minutes.  With Zamarat leading 56-49 going into the fourth quarter the visitors had a chance for a comeback, but Zamarat went on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to seal the game.

Daria Mielozynska-Zwolak led Zamarat with 17 points.  Sofia Gomes da Silva had 14 points/9 rebounds.  Caroline Durbin had 4 points in 11 minutes of play.

For Campus Promete, Licet Castillo had 21 points/6 rebounds, but no other player for the team scored in double digits.  Chanel Mokango had 7 points/7 rebounds in 23 minutes of play.  Leslie Kinght went 0-for-3 shooting in 20 minutes of play.

Lots of pictures here at the bottom of the article:

Gipuzkoa UPV 76, Girona 64

This was clearly the biggest upset of the day.  League-leading Girona (15-2) came into the home cout of struggling Gipuzkoa UPV (6-11).  Instead of a win, the found themselves losing 76-64 and in danger of losing their lead in the Liga Femenina.  Gipuzkoa, meanwhile, breaks a five-game losing streak.

It was a tight first half with Gipuzkoa UPV leading 31-29.  Girona closed the two-point gap at the end of the third quarter, so it would come down to the final quarter, where Gipuzkoa UPV scored 28 points to put the game out of reach. With both of their posts in foul trouble (see below), Girona was hampered.

Five players scored in double figures for Gipuzkoa UPVl led by Miriam Foraste with 18 points.  Lenita Sanford scored zero points in the 13 minutes she played and was one of only two players who were held scoreless by Girona.

For Girona, Brittany Chambers had 23 points and Anna Carbo had 16 points.  Vanessa Gidden and Ify Ibekwe suffered foul trouble with Ibekwe fouling out after 26 minutes.  Gidden was limited to eight points and Ify Ibeke scored just seven points in the loss.

Bembibre 63, Al-Qazeres 62

Al-Qazeres (3-14) had a chance on the road of crawling up from the bottom of the league with a possible surprise win against Bembibre (9-8), but the home squad managed to hang on for the win.

The visitors were helped by shooting 50 percent from the field.  They kept turnovers down to 12, but Bembibre did one better by keeping turnovers down to just seven.

With 1:27 to go, Bembibre had a one-point lead against Al-Qazeres, 63-62.  Fortunately for Bemibre, Al-Qazeres wasn't able to score for the rest of the game (and neither was Bembibre).

Rita Montenegro led Bembibre with 16 points/9 rebounds.  Orla O'Reilly added 12 points.  Aria Edwards had nine point.

Nina Bogicevic had 14 points to lead Al-Qazeres.  Andrea Vilaro and Callan Taylor had 10 points each.  Jennifer George had 8 points and Karla Gilbert had 7 points.

Perfumerias 89, Ferrol 50

Perfumerias (15-2) moved into a tie with Girona for the leadership of the Liga Femenina with an 89-50 victory over visiting Ferrol.

It was a good day for Perfumerias.  They outshot Girona 51 percent to 33 percent and had 45 rebounds to just 26 from Girona. Girona led 20-15 after the first quarter but by halftime, Perfumerias led 41-30 and never looked back.

Paola Ferrari led Perfumerias with 20 points.  Vanessa Ble had 16 points/17 rebounds and will be in contention for the Round 17 MVP award.  Shay Murphy had 10 points.  Angel Robinson sat out this game with knee problems, but it's not believed that those problems are major.

Beatriz Dominguez led Ferrol with 13 points.  Cristina Pedrals had 11 points.  At 14 minutes in, DeNesha Stallworth suffered an ankle injury and left the court, leaving the game with 10 points and four rebounds.  Haley Peters had six points in 27 minutes of play.

Angel Robinson gave an opponent a helping hand:

Mann Filter 65, Cadi La Seu 46

On the final game of the week on Sunday, Mann Filter (5-12) put a full game of distance between itself and the bottom two spots - the infamous relegation zone - with a 19-point upset win over visiting Cadi La Seu (11-6).  Cadi La Seu now moves into a tie for fourth place with Gernika.

The key to Mann Filter's win is that the bottom fell out of Cadi La Seu's shooting, with the visitors shooting just 32 percent.  Mann Filter also had 22 assists to just eight from Cadi La Seu.  Leading 31-23 at halftime, a key to the victory was Mann Filter holding the visitors to just six third-quarter points.

Yvonne Turnover led Mann Filter with 18 points/9 rebounds (but had six turnovers).  Belen Arrojo had 9 points/5 rebounds.  Laura Boxo had 15 points/8 rebounds for the winners.  Mann Filter hopes to get another win next week against 14th-place Al-Qazeres.

Laura Gil was the only player on Cadi La Seu with double-digit scoring, finishing with 10 points/6 rebounds.  Tyrese Tanner was held scoreless in 14 minutes of play.

Round 18 (February 6th - 8th)

Gran Canaria (6-11) @ *Perfumerias (15-2)
*Bembibre (9-8) @ Ferrol (6-11)
*Mann Filter (5-12) @ Al-Qazeres (3-14)
Gipuzkoa UPV (6-11) @ *Cadi La Seu (11-6)
Zamora (7-10) @ *Girona (15-2)
*Rivas Ecopolis (7-10) @ Campus Promete (4-13)
Gernika (11-6) @ *Conquero (14-3)

* - won previous Round 5 match