Twelve players have made the stands of the Europa pavilion dream in the biggest weekend in the history of Ynsadiet Leganés. Added to the promotion to LF Endesa is the LF2 champion trophy, as well as the retirement of the legendary Aitana Cuevas.
Laboratorios Ynsadiet Leganés has made history by getting the club’s first promotion to LF Endesa. After having tried four times, the Madrid team has finally achieved the long-awaited promotion and has done it in front of their fans, in the Europe pavilion in Leganés. The pieces finally fit together and under the baton of coach Antonio Pernas, the host played a great game that made him superior to all his rivals in this phase of promotion.
Once again, the mix between the veteran players like Paula Palomares and Aitana Cuevas and the youth of others like Cecilia Muhate, has paid off. Likewise, the combination of foreign talent, such as Maria Jespersen and Imani Tate, and national talent, such as the base Isa Latorre, has been the perfect cocktail when facing this type of tournaments in which to achieve success, every game action counts.
2. Imani Tate
Final phase: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 16.3 pp efficiency
Regular league: 15.1, 4 rebounds, 14.7 pp efficiency
Imani Tate has been the offensive reference for Ynsadiet Leganés for three seasons. And how could it be otherwise during this phase of ascent has shown its best version. Her commitment to the team was proven by her performance in the semifinal, in which she scored 9 of 12 in field goals and rose as the top scorer of the squad. The Virgin Islands natural forward is unstoppable when she starts from the perimeter.
3. Esther Moreno
Regular league: 1.3 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.4 pp efficiency
A little over a year ago, Esther Moreno seriously injured one of her knees. He has only played 8 games this season and during the phase, he only went on court for five minutes in the match against Lima Horta-Barcelona. Although he has not participated in the field as he would have liked, his thirteen campaigns in FEB competitions endorse him as a fundamental piece in the dressing room.
5. Isa Latorre
Final phase: 7.6 points, 4.6 assists, 15.3 pp efficiency
Regular league: 6.1 points, 6.7 assists, 9.5 pp efficiency
The high pace at which the Madrid team played throughout the final phase cannot be understood without the contribution of their starting point guard. In the tournament for promotion that was held in Tenerife in 2019, Isa Latorre, led by IBSE Almería, was a revelation. In this phase, the fans who attended the Europe pavilion confirmed her consolidation as one of the best game directors in the category. His points, assists and his defense came at the right moment in which Leganés opened the set that determined the distance with Barça in the semifinals.
8. Paula Palomares
Final phase: 5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.5 pp efficiency
Regular league: 7.4 points, 2.1 assists, 5.1 pp efficiency
The voice of experience. Paula Palomares has added a new milestone to her career in her nineteenth season in the elite. His contribution on the track focuses on his success from the triple and on the intangibles that he provides thanks to his seniority. But her participation in the team goes much further and together with Esther Moreno and Aitana Cuevas she is the leader of the dressing room. The guard has already fully recovered from the cruciate ligament tear he suffered last year and from what has been demonstrated on the floor, he still has a lot of basketball on his hands.
9. Cecilia Muhate
Final phase: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 13.3 pp efficiency
Regular league: 6.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, PIR 10 pp
Cecilia Muhate has not stopped progressing since her landing in Spain after her stint in the NCAA. He already left good feelings at Azkoitia Azpeitia (19/20) and this year, in Leganés, he has been improving in each game to make an important niche in the interior rotation. During the final phase he went from less to more and his presence on the court ended up being indispensable in the match against Barça in which he scored 8 points and captured 8 rebounds for 15 valuation credits. The Madrid center is one of the promises of Spanish basketball and this weekend has added his first title in Spain.
10. Aitana Cuevas
Final phase: 9 points, 4 rebounds, 16.3 pp efficiency
Regular league: 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 11.3 pp efficiency
It seems incredible that with 17 seasons behind them, the rivals still do not have the key to stop an Aitana Cuevas who will be greatly missed by the LF2 in the coming years. The pivot retires from the 5×5 in an unbeatable way by receiving the award for the highest historical scorer of the competition, with 4,936 points, getting promotion and feeling the heat of the “front of Aitana Cuevas” in the Europe pavilion. In addition, his contribution was key in all three games, so much so that when he went out on court against Barça, he unbalanced the area in favor of his own.
11. Sara Sánchez
Final phase: 1.3 points, 1.3 assists, 2.3 pp valuation
Regular league: 1.9 points, 0.9 assists, 1.3 pp rating
The work of second base is always key. Coming off the bench and having the task of keeping up with the team is not an easy task and Sara Sánchez has fulfilled this mandate perfectly throughout the season. After playing for teams in the lower-middle zone of the competition for several seasons, his jump to Leganés and this promotion have allowed him to continue advancing in his career.
13. Ndeye Syll
Final phase: 6.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.6 pp efficiency
Regular league: 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.8 pp efficiency
Ndeye Syll arrived in Leganés in February with the aim of reinforcing the area and giving the Madrid team one more guaranteed rotation that would end up closing what has been the most effective inside game of the tournament. For his ten seasons in FEB competitions, Syll adapted in just five games to the style of play proposed by Antonio Pernas.
14. Maria Jespersen
Final phase: 13.3 points, 7 rebounds, 18.6 pp efficiency
Regular league: 13.7 points, 13.4 rebounds, 17.2 efficiency pp
Maria Jespersen responsibly assumed her leading role in attack and that led her to rise as the most valuable player in the promotion phase. Her success from 6.75, her ability to post and her penetrations in transition make her a scoring machine, but she is also capable of assisting and rebounding, which makes her a versatile player who has already forged herself after three seasons in Spain. an interesting trajectory that forces you to follow your next steps very closely.
17. Amara de Lucas
Amara de Lucas is an example of a quarry for the young women of Ynsadiet Leganés. The player has been at the club for five seasons and this year she has combined her presence in the Primera Nacional team with the dynamics of LF2. At the end of February, an injury forced him to undergo surgery and has prevented him from going out on the Europa court, but he has been able to enjoy the experience from the bench and feel the warmth of the entire Leganés family.
22. Ida Andersson
Final phase: 5.3 points, 0.6 rebounds, 2.3 pp efficiency
Regular league: 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 6.4 pp efficiency
Ida Andersson is part of Leganés’ reliable second unit. In this phase she has always come off the bench but she has been willing to give her maximum on the court and to contribute in exterior success and in defense.
24. Shequille Joseph
Final phase: 4.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.6 pp valuation
Regular league: 10 points, 8.2 rebounds, 13.9 pp efficiency
Shequille Jospeh has brought power and intimidation into the zone in every game. In this final phase he has not had the same success as the regular stretch of the campaign but he has been just as regular in the rebounding task where he always stands at around 8 sacks per crash.