“TTT Rīga” beat Umana Reyer by 71:57 (12:20, 20:12, 16:14, 23:11), celebrating the second success in a row.
The start was successful for the housewives – after a two-point shot by Jasmine Thomas, it was 8: 2.
However, after 10: 4, the Rigans experienced a six-minute “drought” period, which was interrupted by Chantel Handy’s two-point throw – 12:20 three seconds before the end of the quarter.
Viešņa’s biggest advantage (13 points) was reached at the beginning of the second quarter – 25:12, but then a nine-point series gave way to the housewives, approaching 21:25 after Daugile Šarauskaite’s two-point throw.
The equalization (28:28) was achieved less than three minutes before the end of the half after three free throws by Ieva Pulvere.
At the beginning of the second half, a six-point lead was again reached – 40:34 after Louise Silas’ two-pointer, and a similar fight continued until the beginning of the last quarter. Then the Rigans from the 48:49 deficit gradually reached 68:55 minutes and 27 seconds before the end of the match. In this breakthrough, the main person on the field was Pulvere, who scored 11 of the team’s 20 points by taking long shots three times.
The success has allowed us to rise to fourth place in Group A, while the Venetians with six victories are in sixth place.
“TTT Rīga” in the first Euroleague match at home with 56:71 gave way to last season’s championship team of Ekaterinburg UGMK, but in the second fight the guests lost to Salamanca “Perfumerias Avenida” with 41:72. Last week, the Rigans beat the Moscow MBA unit with one to one, winning their first victory this season.
So far, both teams have played eight games in the Euroleague, seven of which took place. TTT, following the example of the Hungarian club “Sopron”, did not come to the game scheduled for February 27, 2020 in Ljubljana. The FIBA arbitrator awarded Latvian and Hungarian clubs technical losses.
Of the other seven games, two took place in the Euroleague qualification – on October 9, 2018, the Rigans at home were superior with 67:56, three days later the rivals played with the guests with 73:56 and in the sum of two games they won with 140: 112. In the main tournament games, the balance has been 4-1 in favor of the Italian club so far.
On June 30, Umana Reyer signed a contract with Asta Ndura, a player of the Spanish national team center. Four months later, on October 17, she became the WNBA champion for the Chicago Sky. On June 27, American defender Ivonna Anderson became the European champion in the ranks of the Serbian national team.
The Venetians arrived in Riga with ten players – without Ndūra and the guard Francesca Pan. In the Euroleague, one victory was won over the Hungarian club Seksārdas KSC (80:59), but lost to the Euroleague finalists UGMK (away 69:75) and “Avenida” (at home 56:71). In the Italian championship, four victories were won in four games.
Laura Meldere, a player of the “TTT Rīga” center, trained and played in the “Umana Reyer” system in 2017-2021. Last year, she spent her first full season in the Venice Club, helping the team win the first Italian title since 1946. Meldere is currently recovering from an injury.
Until the break of national units “TTT Rīga” there is still a game on November 2 in Montpellier against BLMA.
The main tournament of the Euroleague will end on February 1, 2022. The top four teams in each group will qualify for the playoffs, but the fifth and sixth place owners will continue the season in the European Cup.
“TTT Rīga” lost all six games in the Euroleague main season last season and did not enter the playoffs. The modest result is largely due to the lack of playing practice, as the team was unable to play matches due to an emergency situation from the beginning of November. In order to get a practice, “TTT Rīga” decided in the middle of December to play in the European Women’s Basketball League, where they managed to win bronze.
“TTT Rīga” also won the Latvian Women’s Basketball League for the eighth time in a row and for the 20th time in the history of the club.
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