The Valencia Basket has chained five victories this afternoon in Bembibre (León), the third consecutive in the Endesa Women’s Leagueafter getting rid of the tough local team, the Embutidos Pajariel (60-66). The set of ruben burgosled in scoring by Leticia Romero and Lauren Coxasserted its greater depth of squad to tip the balance in its favor, despite the accumulated fatigue generated by the frenetic alternation of games caused by the Euroleague.
The Valencians began in tune with the captain’s triples, Queralt Casasy Angela Salvadores. However, the Leonese responded quickly to maintain equality in the first five minutes (8-8, m. 5). The ‘taronja’ opened a small gap with another outside shot from Leticia Romero and a two-point jump shot from Cox. Even so, the Bembibre resisted thanks to the points of its pillars, Erin Whalen, Ana Palma, Anniina Äijänen and Roselis Silva (19-19, m. 10).
The second act began with four points of Raquel Carrera. After three minutes without seeing the basket, Veera Peppy scored for Bembibre from behind the arc (22-23, m. 13). The Finn then put the tables from free kicks, although she immediately broke it again Alba Torrens with a triple (27-30, m. 15). Before the break, Rubén Burgos’s team lost control and thanks to the encouragement of their fans and a 6-0 run with baskets from Vanessa Austin, Laura Westerik and Ainhoa Lacorzanathose of León left with an advantage to the locker room (36-32, m. 20).
The balance tipped in the third quarter
The ‘taronja’ went up in gear in the second half, since they were not willing to let the victory slip away. With the impetus and activity that Casas transmits, they narrowed the distance (41-40, m. 24). Whalen made it 44-40 shortly after on the video scoreboard from beyond 6.75. At that moment, the Valencian defense turned off the Bembibre light and, hand in hand in attack by Leti Romero, who scored nine points in less than two minutes, Valencia BC signed a 0-14 run, with which they took a game that they would no longer lose. After a basket under the ring by Cox, which stopped a hint of local reaction, the third quarter ended with a +6 score for the Valencians (50-56).
After having broken the duel with 24 points in that third quarter, Valencia limited itself to not conceding in defense and maintaining control and distance in a last chapter of very low scoring (10-10). An epilogue in which Salvadores improved his numbers reaching nine points, the same ones with which Torrens finished (55-66, m. 36), both behind Casas (10), Romero (14) and Cox (16) as top scorers.