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Women’s basketball, the best Italians of the 22nd day of A1. Jasmine Keys is always at the top, good Natali and the Geas block


Six matches took place over the Serie A1 2021-2022 weekend (the seventh, Venice-Costa Masnaga, was postponed). On numerous occasions the tricolor contingent, already particularly large of its own, has shown that it can decide the matches . Let’s go and see everything more specifically.

It seems right to start from the great shot of Lucca, which managed, at PalaTagliate, to stop Virtus Bologna in its most competitive version, limiting it a lot to shooting and leading Cecilia Zandalasini to the paradox of 17 points scored, but with 3/11 from three. There is an important hand by Giulia Natali , 16 points, also with not unreal statistics (4/9 from two and 2/8 from three), but often sought, which says it all about the degree of trust that exists in Gesam Gas and Light towards him. Important detail to note: it is from 2002.

The leaders do not stop: the Famila Schio continues to hoard victories, in this case against Campobasso, just as Jasmine Keys continues to hoard the MVP prizes of the match: from the ninth first leg onwards, in A1, she has not practically more wrong a shot. In this case for her 12 points and 9 rebounds, 24 of evaluation. Taking the overall numbers, she is fourth for two percentages, eleventh for total rebounds and eighth for offensive rebounds across the league. In Saturday’s match Martina Crippa also did well, in a slightly more offensive role (11 points with 4/4 from two) than the now usual one for her of a cat attached to the shorts of the opponents.

Women’s basketball, Serie A1: Lucca overtakes Bologna, Ragusa and Sesto San Giovanni well

One of the most hard-fought matches of last weekend saw Faenza and Sassari face off. And if E-Work has shown great team unity, Dinamo has shown how the absence of one of the two stars (Lucas) pays heavily. Fundamental in this case is the contribution for the Faentine women, led on the bench by an Italian basketball legend who is Simona Ballardini, by Lucia Morsiani , 15 points with 6/10 from the field (5/6 from two) and many small things.

In Ragusa the rotations are always quite short, but when the Nicole Romeo-Mariella Santucci duo works there can be more smiles than anything else, as the victory over San Martino di Lupari demonstrates. For the small pair of Passalacqua performance with 5 assists for each, but 18 points in one case and 11 in the other, as well as some rebounds and recoveries of valid support for the Taylor-Kuier pair (awaiting important returns, such as Hebard and Ostarello).

The performance of the Italian block of Geas Sesto San Giovanni was very important in the resounding victory obtained in Broni (56-85). The star is always Gwathmey and there is no doubt about this, but it is the outline to comfort in a complicated season: 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for Ilaria Panzera , 8 points and 7 rebounds for Sara Crudo , 11 points and 3 rebounds for Valeria Trucco , without forgetting how Caterina Dotto and Elisa Ercoli put their experience package in one case and weight close to the basket in the other.

The real news of the day, however, is Empoli unlocking. And he does so on the Moncalieri field, in a low-ranking challenge which, however, is not of low value: in this championship we have seen, more than on other occasions, how the values ​​are sometimes difficult to maintain in the act. practical (with the exception of Schio so far). In this case, for the USE Scotti Rosa of coach Alessio Cioni the big voice is Sara Bocchetti , who remains one of the best Italian scorers in the league with an average close to 14 points. For her in this match 19 with a fundamental 4/5 from three, to counteract Erica Reggiani ‘s 16 and Sara Toffolo ‘s 14 on the other side.

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