UEL triumph in must-win game

PUBLISHED: 16:30 19 February 2015

Action from University of East London women's basketball match against University of Brighton

Action from University of East London women's basketball match against University of Brighton


Women’s basketball first team need two more victories and some help to avoid relegation

University of East London women’s basketball team kept alive their hopes of staying in their BUCS league with a 53-30 win over the University of Brighton yesterday (Wednesday).

They started the day needing to win all three of their remaining games, with Brighton losing all three of theirs, in order to avoid relegation.

And Wednesday’s match was the first of two against Brighton, which means that UEL can control their fate with the exception of Brighton’s final match of the season against Imperial College London.

UEL started slowly at SportsDock in their must-win game and did not get on the board until nearly four minutes had gone allowed Brighton to take an early 4-0 lead.

Brighton’s defence was aggressive early on and forced several turnovers deep in UEL’s defensive zone. The hosts found themselves under pressure to score and tried to fire off quick shots without setting up plays and soon were down 12-6.

But UEL’s Abiola Wabara, who was brought into the team over the Christmas break, scored six straight points to knot the game at 12 as they headed into the second quarter.

UEL scholar Marcy Ingham’s breakaway layup a minute into the second quarter gave UEL their first lead of the match, but Brighton stayed close throughout the quarter.

However Ingham and Wabara kept the hosts ahead and the quarter ended with them up 24-21 and they extended their lead to seven points early in the third before Brighton took a timeout.

After one quick score from the visitors after the timeout, UEL completely shut down the game. The East Londoners outscored Brighton 14-0 over the next 7 mins and 20 secs to build a 42-23 lead.

Wabara scored eight points during that period, which got a bit tense at times. The BUCS referee had to give a warning to Brighton’s Fracano after she and UEL’s Raychele Parker had a moment of unpleasantness.

East London played just as strongly in the last quarter, with team captain Kaydene Parker hitting the only three-pointer of the game one minute into the fourth.

Ingham hit a long two to give UEL their 50th point and Stacie Smith, who had been called in to play from the netball first team, scored the final points of the match to give UEL a dominant 53-30 victory.

UEL’s head coach Jenny Coady was pleased with her team’s performance, she said: “It was a really good win. The second half of the season we were expecting to up our level, so we’re on track.

“We have another couple games to get under our belt, but we’ll take them one at a time. Great participation and a really good team effort against Brighton. They went on a run in a couple stages of the game, and we didn’t drop our heads and stayed positive.”

UEL will face Brighton on the road next Wednesday with a 4:30pm tip-off and it is another must-win game and Coady expects the away match to be difficult.

She added: “Going on the road is always a little bit trickier. You don’t know what to expect. But we’re going to just focus on continuing to do what we did today.”

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