The American squad in their first season at LF Endesa has been spectacular: Kahleah Copper, Lauren Cox, Keneddy Burke, Lydia Giomi… and Rebekah Gardner who won the MVP of the season. In the last match of her Spar Girona in this round of the semifinals she showed the talent and character to stay very close to the comeback.
Gardner scored 19 points (5 of 10 shooting from two, and 2 of 2 in triples), 9 rebounds, one assist, one recovery and 3 fouls received for a total of 22 PIR points. With her on her court, her team had a +11 on the scoreboard, one less than what the Catalans needed to overcome the tie.
Rebekah Gardner’s third weekly MVP, after those of days 10 and 12. In addition, he won the award for best shooting guard and that of the MVP of the season, beating Sika Koné and Mariam Coulibaly. And he is the fifth of the Catalan team, which also adds those achieved on days 14 and 21.
The player trained at UCLA is in the best moment of her career, and has enjoyed her first season at LF Endesa after her experience in Turkey, Israel and Romania.
The ideal quintet of the day:
‘Small Ball’ for the quintet of the semi-final second leg, with five extremely talented players. The foreign treble has many points on its hands with the two Valencia BC players, Cristina Ouviña and Ángela Salvadores, and the MVP of the day Rebekah Gardner. And inside, two versatile players who can play perfectly in front of the hoop like Kenedy Burke and Katie Lou Samuelson.
Base: Cristina Ouvina (Valencia BC) 14 val: 10 points (1/4 T3 and 7/8 TL), 7 assists, 1 rebound, 2 recoveries and 5 fouls received
Shooting guard: Rebecca Gardner (Spar Girona) 22 val: 19 points (5/10 T2 and 2/2 T3), 9 rebounds and 2 fouls received
Eaves: angela saviors (Valencia BC) 19 val: 13 points (2/3 T3 and 5/8 TL), 5 rebounds, 1 recovery and 6 fouls received
Power forward: Kennedy Burke (Spar Girona): 19 val: 16 points (6/7 T2 and 1/2 TL), 6 rebounds, 3 recoveries and 3 fouls received
Pivot: Katie Lou Samuelson (P. Avenida): 17 val: 13 points (5/8 T2 and ½ T3), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 recovery.
Season Stats – Rebekah Gardner
Games played: 30
Fouls received: 2.5
Sports career – Rebekah Gardner
2013-17 UCLA (NCAA)
2017-18 Istanbul Univ (TUR)
2018-19 Orman (TUR)
2019-20 Hertliya (ISR)
2020-21 Sepsis (UPM)
2021-22 Spar Girona (LF Endesa)