Perfumerías Avenida has no rivals in the history of Spanish women’s basketball. The Salamanca team won the eighth league in their history after losing to the proud Valencia Basket, who extended their capitulation until the end of the second game in a draw (62-67). With Kahleah Copper as MVP and a symbol of the resilience of a team hardened by adversity, Avenida took on Fonteta and Silvia Dominguez lifted the trophy that puts the charro club at the forefront of all national showcases in the skies of Valencia. “They fought a lot, they got the game back … but we managed to control our emotions to win the League and finish a great season in very difficult conditions,” the captain of the Salamanca team concluded after completing the job. .
Three teams have formed the backbone of Spanish women’s basketball over the last 30 years: Dorna Godella, who won 16 titles (including the 1992 European Cup) between 1991 and 1998 – the last two seasons under the name of Pool Getafe after moving out of the city. and 1993); Ros Casares, who won 22 trophies between 2001 and 2012 (including the 2012 Euroleague); and Perfumerías Avenida de Salamanca, which has built an empire since it opened its windows at the Reina Cup in 2005.
Avenida have played in 48 out of 63 possible finals in national competitions (the last 16 in a league in a row) in the last 20 years and have already won 29 titles (8 leagues, 10 Queen’s Cups, 9 Spanish Super Cups and the Continental Double). , Euroleague and European Super Cup 2011). In La Fonte came the victory that allowed the team of Salamanca to top the list of winners in all competitions, overtaking Ros Casares in the number of leagues.
The eighth charro alirón came without discussion, 2-0 in the final. The pulse between Rebecca Allen and Kalea Copper starred in the tense production of the second episode. The Australian striker’s six points were the first argument that Fonteta’s fans (6,000 spectators) seized on to throw a party in support of their team. And right after that came Valencia’s first triple in the entire final, scored by Allen herself – after 13 of 59 field goals and 0 of 14 triples in Sunday’s game in Würzburg. But pushing taronja was for moments a wish and I can’t. Avenida reacted quickly, with eight points from Copper and the deployment of Carly Samuelson, signing the first quarter (15-19, m. 10) and moving forward with the idea of gradually melting his opponent.
A productive shift between the touch of Silvia Dominguez and the impulsiveness of Maite Cazorla helped Perfumerías solidify their dominance as the minutes rolled against a subdued Valencia who tried to speed up the game and hold the clock. A paradoxical and incomprehensible attempt. With fewer dilemmas, Avenida moved with her fifth triple to that point, completing the first clue on the scoreboard (19-29, m. 15). The fight between Trahan Davis and Marie Gulich was under-painted and the trio formed by Cristina Ouvinha, Queralt Casas and Leticia Romero failed to catch up with the pace of the match.
The defense of the Salamanca team drained Rebecca Allen while Calea Copper continued to score and maintain. Six consecutive points scored by the WNBA champion and MVP in the Finals against the Chicago Sky, as well as the MVP in the Euroleague, sealed Salamanca’s run (22-38, m. 19). Out of focus again outside of the paint and with another weak 1 of 7 triplets at halftime (4 of 17 at the end), Valencia left at halftime, troubled by their attempts to stretch the change.
They struggled to get through the defense, compiling a 14-1 streak between the last minute of the second quarter and the top four after halftime (36-39, m. 26). It was difficult for Avenida to accept that she was in such a quagmire when she was about to take off, and it was Copper who again had to shake the doubts that had arisen in her team (20 points in total). The partial score went up to 22-7 after a trio of Letizia Romero and a basket from Marie Gulich, while Valencia completed a partial comeback (44-43, m. 28). But Avenida knew how to hold back and impose her experience in order to make history and expand her empire.
Statistics. Valencia, 62 – Avenue, 67.
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