Leonor Rodríguez and María
Asurmendi have been crowned the Spanish Liga Femenina Champions after defeating
Uni Girona (60-57) in the final game of the series.
Leonor joined Perfumerías Avenida
Salamanca in the 2013-14 season and since then the Canary guard has had an
amazing career with two Spanish Queen's Cup, two Spanish SuperCup and one
Perfumerías Avenida Salamanca
also has María Asurmendi. This current year she has had a dream season
achieving the Spanish Queen's Cup with C.B. Conquero Huelva and now the Spanish
League with Salamanca's team.
Congrats to both!
We speak Leonor Rodríguez after
her victory against Uni Girona:
Your Perfumerías Avenida has been crowned the Spanish Liga Femenina
Champions after beating Uni Girona in a close third game of the Final. What is
your impression about this Final and how did your team play it?
It has been three games really
intense, competitive and close, it was a real Final between two Euroleague
teams, I think that the game level was so high.
Perfumerías Avenida played well,
we had difficult times before with a lot of changes in the roster but this last
month, we have known how to play together, all the players have understood
their role and we have achieved the strength that we did not have before the
playoffs. So we played well and the title is for us!
After being so close to the title in Fontajau in the second game of the
Final, how did you prepare for the third game and what were the keys for
winning the game?
The key was, without doubt, play
at our gym with our fans, I could feel that support while I was playing and
gave me more strength.
The scouting for the game was to
keep adjusting us against the Uni Girona's zone, we tried to use more our
centers against this type of defense and of course, also we wanted to put more
rhythm in the game.
The third game of the Final was so exciting despite the first two
quarters where your Perfumerías Avenida was winning by 20 points. How did you
find this third game and what was your favourite moment of the match?
I have two favourite moments,
evidently the start of the game because winning by 20 points in the second
quarter of the Final game is not easy and sincerely, I liked lots how we were
focused from the beginning. And the second moment was obviously when the buzzer
went off because we were so happy and I thought about all that difficult
moments we have lived during the season were worth it.
As usual Würzburg gym was full and once more the tickets were sold out.
What do you feel after winning your first Spanish Liga Femenina in front of
supporters like that?
A tremendous satisfaction, they
have never failed, they filled the gym once again and were cheering us on until
the last second.
During these three seasons I have
been in Salamanca I have achieved five titles, but this is the only League and
sincerely, going home with this trophy is very satisfying.
Leonor, this is your third season in Salamanca's team where you are
starting to collect titles, to addition this current year, you have beaten the
historic Salamanca's record of victories in a row. What is your impression
about the 2015-16 season?
I think that this season was very
positive, this current year I matured inside and outside the court, I felt more
solid. Also I could play a good amount of minutes so I could play my game. I
believe that this season went well for me because I grew up as a professional
player and as a person.