Anna Cruz announced his departure from Rivas Ecopolis after four unforgettable years in which legend has become the Spanish basketball club. The player has a touching message of thanks to the fans, who found in her a leader in the field, and a club that has grown hand in hand.
Anna Rivas Ecopolis Cruz leaves after four seasons. The player received an irresistible offer from a foreign club and the club gave him facilities for the accept. Gone are four seasons he has become the player with the most points scored in the club's history and second in games played. Anna Cruz wanted expressly goodbye to the fans of the team Rivas Ecopolis and through first-hand a statement on the club's website.
"First, for the fans of Rivas I have only words of thanks. I felt very loved and supported during these four years. They were simply great. Fans have always been with us, both for good and bad, and to me, that of Rivas is the best women's basketball fans. Become essential for the club and for the players. I have clear that, wherever I go, I'll always very present. They made me feel very special. For me it is very difficult to 'let' this club because I'm so emotionally attached to it. I've grown a lot as a player at this club, but mostly, I have as a person. I can only say thank you. "
During these four years, Anna Cruz has won the Queen's Cup twice (2011 and 2013), he played the final of the Euroleague (2012) and final Women's League (2013). This is the pitch everything that makes its way through Rivas:
"The balance is positive, we have grown hand in hand, I as a player and as a club Rivas. We have gone up every year marking us our goals and challenges. I came to Rivas to go a step further, to prove to a bigger club, and besides, I have found a great family. Rivas was the first team from the pointers that are really interested for me, and thanks to this club I am what I am. In addition to sports, I value staff also has been a fruitful relationship for both. In both respects it has been a relationship of 'ten' ".
Perhaps a particularly sore point, and more in the heart than in the ankle, the injury was suffered in their last meeting, and that prevented him from playing in the second half of the last game of the Women's League final.
"After all that has happened, the feeling that I have is with sadness. Those 20 minutes are the worst moment of my career. It is very hard to be working throughout the year to that point and ultimately not able to help. I wanted to stay calm, but inside I was dying of rabies. I tried to warm up after the coup, but could not make right leg strength, it could push or run. If he went to the track was not going to add, subtract would, though at the time did not see well because I could feel like playing. I had planned a happy ending to this story, but in the end went all wrong. It really hurts to go with this feeling of helplessness ... But I'm sure that the destination link us and together we can indemnify these wounds take time to heal. "
Anna Cruz last season stands as the most positive in a great career
"To me, all the years have been good. In all I have learned, but if I had to highlight one above all would be the latter. Despite the sour end, we are all aware that we have done this season has been very good. We have learned to fight, suffer and enjoy. Sport is well, sometimes right and sometimes wrong. But, although we have been the icing, we know within ourselves deserved us. The human group has been very good, and again, I can only say thank you, although I repeat ".
Anna Cruz Rivas makes it clear that it will always be your home and leaves the door open for the future.
"My door and my heart will always be open for this club. Those who know me know I'm usually of few words when it comes to responding to the media, do not usually ramble. This is, by far, the easiest interview I have done in life, simply because I spoke to the heart, with goosebumps and a tear recorrindome cheek. This is not goodbye, it's a see you later. "
Tudanca comes back to Union Florida, ex Araski - 3 hours ago
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Club Union Florida (Superliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Spaniard swingman Marta Tudanca (182-90, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Florida as she has played here before. Tudanca She played recently at Araski in Spanish LF2 league. In 29 games she recorded 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Tudanca played at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB where in 25 games she averaged 5.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg. Tudanca represented S... [read more]
Club Union Florida (Superliga) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Spaniard swingman Marta Tudanca (182-90, agency: ProDep Management). It is actually her comeback to Florida as she has played here before. Tudanca She played recently at Araski in Spanish LF2 league. In 29 games she recorded 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Tudanca played at Campus Promete in Spanish LFB where in 25 games she averaged 5.9ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg. Tudanca represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) seven years ago. Her team won Silver and her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. Thanks to Tudanca's pro career she managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Tudanca has played previously professionally also in Universitario de Ferrol, Socinsa Bembibre and Al-Qazeres.
Sant Adria and Estudiantes earn promotion - 1 day ago
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Alcobendas - Sant Adria 53-62 Sant Adria fired past Alcobendas to secure LFB promotion. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alcobendas won third quarter 12-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Laura Pena who helped to win the game recording 13 points. Power forward Cris Hurtado (187-92) contributed with 5 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Paula Palomares (174-8... [read more]
Sant Adria fired past Alcobendas to secure LFB promotion. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Alcobendas won third quarter 12-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Laura Pena who helped to win the game recording 13 points. Power forward Cris Hurtado (187-92) contributed with 5 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Paula Palomares (174-84) answered with 14 points and Celia Menendez (186-90, agency: ProDep Management) added 8 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Alcobendas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Sant Adria: L.Pena 13+2reb+2ast, H.Lopez 12+1reb+1ast, I.Llobet 8+1reb+1ast, M.Claret 7+3reb, E.Simpson 7+4reb+1ast, X.Artiga 6 Alcobendas: P.Palomares 14+3reb+3ast, T.Mosquera 9+6reb, C.Menendez 8+11reb+1ast, S.Mangada 7+4reb, A.Cuevas 5+3reb+1ast, S.Gutierrez 3+1reb+1ast
Estudiantes will play in the top division next season after they held off Cortegada. Cortegada was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 12-5 charge of ASEFA Estudiantes, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cortegada to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Irene San-Andres stepped up and scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Alejandra Quirante (167-92, agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 7 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side guard Sara Gomez (172-86, agency: ProDep Management) responded with 19 points and swingman Salome Garcia (175-92, agency: ProDep Management) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Estudiantes: I.San Andres 22+5reb+4ast, M.Gonzalez 10+6reb+1ast, L.Rubene 8+6reb, A.Quirante 7+8reb+3ast, C.Rodriguez 6+9reb+2ast, R.Torcal 5+1reb Cortegada: S.Gomez 19+3reb+1ast, S.Garcia 14+7reb+2ast, A.Syll 9+7reb, B.Mejias 6+2reb+1ast, V.Andrade 6+11reb+1ast, D.Balic 3+4reb
Clara Rodriguez claims Spanish LF2 weekly honour - 1 day ago
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Talented Clara Rodriguez (184-PF-96) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Estudiantes and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage). The 20-year old power forward had the game-high 12 points adding nine rebounds for Estudiantes in her team's victory, helping them to beat Aros Leon (#3, 1-2) 58-52. It allowed Estudiantes to consolidate first place in the Spanish LF2. They maintain a perfect record wit... [read more]
Talented Clara Rodriguez (184-PF-96) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Estudiantes and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage). The 20-year old power forward had the game-high 12 points adding nine rebounds for Estudiantes in her team's victory, helping them to beat Aros Leon (#3, 1-2) 58-52. It allowed Estudiantes to consolidate first place in the Spanish LF2. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Estudiantes already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. Rodriguez has many years of experience at Estudiantes, through which she has constantly improved. Clara Rodriguez averages this season 8.1ppg and 5.8rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Cape Verdean guard Vandell Andrade (179-G-93, agency: ProDep Management) of Group 2 second-ranked Cortegada. Andrade impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. Of course she led Cortegada to another comfortable win 84-71 over C.Adelantados (0-3) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Andrade is a newcomer at Cortegada and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was another Cortegada's star - Belen Mejias (180-G-91, agency: ProDep Management). Mejias scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. She was another key player of Cortegada, helping her team with a 84-71 easy win against #4 ranked C.Adelantados in a game of the week. Cortegada needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in group 2. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Mejias has a great season in Spain. After 29 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.5apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Paula Palomares (174-G-84) of Alcobendas - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Amy Syll (196-C-93) of Cortegada - 20 points and 9 rebounds 6. Elisabet Vivas (178-G-92) of C.Adelantados - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Eliana Soriano) of Joventut LC - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Itsaso Conde (185-F/C-96) of Aros Leon - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sara Gomez (172-G-86) of Cortegada - 21 points and 3 rebounds 10. Alejandra Quirante (167-PG-92) of Estudiantes - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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