Ros Casares and Rivas Ecopolis to Collide for EuroLeague Women Title

Spanish clubs Ros Casares and Rivas Ecopolis played their hearts out in the Final Eight to sweep their three-game assignments thus arranging an All-Spanish showdown in the finals of the 2012 EuroLeague Women.

Ros Casares, who came into the EuroLeague Women Playoffs as one of the favorites, silenced their doubters in the Final Eight after crushing one opponent after another.

The Spanish powerhouse started their title drive with a convincing 62-49 win over UMMC Ekaterinburg, which was followed by 77-66 demolition of another Russian powerhouse Sparta&K MR Vidnoje.

After already assuring themselves of a slot in the finals, Ros Casares didn’t relax and rest on their laurels as they manhandled Wisla Can-Pack, 90-61, to end their final-eight campaign with a bang.

Rivas Ecopolis, on the other hand, really surprised everybody with their recent performances.

Not considered as a heavy favorite to win the title considering how strong their final-eight opponents will be, Rivas defied the odds and gain momentum after a huge 75-68 win over Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray, 75-68, followed by a 65-58 victory over Beretta-Famila.

Their two-straight victory set them up for a winner-take-all showdown against top-seed Fenerbahce in which they pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the tournament with a 74-70 win, handing the Turkish powerhouse their first defeat this season.

With their star-studded lineup, Ros Casares is expected to prevail against their Spanish rival, but Maya Moore, who is in her first season in EuroLeague, said that they don’t have time to relax and underestimate Rivas because the pressure is really on them.

“Rivas has been playing very well,” said Moore, who is wary of the offensive firepower of Rivas hotshot Asjha Jones. “We've played them several times and they're a tough match-up. They can lock people down defensively; they've got some offensive weapons. And of course Asjha Jones is playing very well right now – phenomenally well.”

Rivas and Ros Casares will collide tonight in an expected jam-packed arena in Istanbul.


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