Basketball /Ashdod upends Ramat Hen too easily
By Tomer Ratman
In the game of the week of the women's Premier League, Maccabi Ashdod ran all over host Ramat Hen yesterday en route to an 89-56 thrashing. Ashdod's foreign players had huge games compared to their Ramat Hen counterparts. Tiffany Jackson was neutralized by Ashley Walker, who held her to six points, while Duke graduate Carrem Gay scored 14 points against Courtney Paris but had a dismal shooting percentage.
In the third head-to-head matchup, Ashdod's Temeka Johnson showed Shannon Bobbit the difference between being the starting point guard for WNBA champs Phoenix Mercury and a reserve for the Los Angeles Sparks. Paris led Ashdod with 20 points, and Walker added 17 points.
"It's an embarrassing loss," said Ramat Hen coach Edney Dagan. "This team has a tough mental problem, but I'm not panicking and we won't make any changes."
Elsewhere, Elitzur Netanya rallied at home from a 52-40 halftime deficit to edge ASA Jerusalem 80-77, and moved into second place.
On the men's side, Gilboa/Galil defeated Maccabi Rishon Letzion 76-64 to rejoin Maccabi at the top of the standings, as the only two unbeaten teams left in the Premier League. Jeremy Fargo led Galil with a double-double - 19 points and 10 rebounds, to go with four assists.