NUIG Mystics clinch Division One title - Mar 20, 2016
NUIG Mystics pulled off a historic treble with victory in the Basketball Ireland Women's Division One Playoffs at the Watershed, Kilkenny. The 79-61 win over Fr Mathews of Cork added further silverware to a Senior Women's National Cup and regular season league title. They capped off the campaign with another dominant performance, albeit against a doughty Fr Mathews side. 'Absolutely savage to be honest with you,' said winning coach Mike Murray. 'It's unreal. I have to say, beyond my expectations without a doubt and again credit to all of them because they've done the job all year long - they really have. Just a great bunch.' Mathews struggled to settle in the first quarter making only two of sixteen field goal attempts and while NUIG Mystics were shooting at 50%, the three-pointers of Siobhan Kilkenny imposed an early 14 point lead. Just when Mathews were generating momentum, Ailish O'Reilly (175-G-94) fired off a three-pointer on the buzzer as a statement of authority. The young point guard only attempted three perimeter shots in the game but was successful with each one at a time when Mathews threatened to make a comeback. There was still little to separate the sides in the second quarter with both breaking the 20-point mark in ten minutes. Dearbhla Breen (173-G-83) and Louise O'Connor (180-C-92) finished the game with double-doubles and scored well as Mathews looked to narrow the cap. For Mystics, Lauren Murray gave a captain's example in keeping turnovers to a minimum and being one of four players to shoot at 100% from the free-throw line. Mystics were 43-29 clear at half-time but Mathews hung in there for the third period. 'Derval O'Briain was superb again tonight,' said Fr Mathews Coach James Fleming. 'Fiona Lynch (81) and Louise O'Connor too - and we ran a ten player rotation for the whole game, so we're proud. While we're not happy, we're proud of where we've come from.' Fiona Lynch checking back in for a rousing three-pointer but Mystics' quality was undeniable. Michelle Fahy (183-C-82) held her own in what was a physical encounter and Catherine Connaire picked off any open shots that came her way. Fr Mathews managed to shade the final quarter even though their never-say-die attitude was matched by the intensity of a Mystics side getting ready for life the Premier League. O'Reilly and Kilkenny combined for 10 assists from the guard spots with O'Reilly finishing with the MVP and a game-high 23 points. 'When you get that far, you don't want to stop,' said O'Reilly. 'The Cup and the League were the main aim, so this is an extra bonus and we're absolutely delighted.' Fiona Lynch typified Fr Mathew's attitude at the final buzzer: 'When you get that far, you don't want to stop. The Cup and the League were the main aim, so this is an extra bonus and we're absolutely delighted.' Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
NUIG Mystics clinch Hula Hoops Senior Cup title - Jan 31, 2016
NUIG Mystics marched to glory in this afternoon's Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup final, as they dominated proceedings from beginning to end to take home a 27-point victory over Oblate Dynamos. "I'm absolutely thrilled, they deserve it they worked very hard. I'm so happy, and I'm happy for the girls," said NUIG Mystic's Head Coach, Mike Murray . 'I think Oblate are a great team, we were scared of them coming in so it was great to get the win, I feel great!" A well-drilled and skilful NUIG had the game firmly in control from the off, taking a 15-0 run early in the first quarter, and had opened up a 20 point lead after just eleven minutes thanks to fantastic shooting from Siobhan Kilkenny, Michelle Fahy (183-C-82) and Marritta Gilcrease. Oblate for their part never gave up, and solid performances from Katie Black, Katie Moloney and Shannon Farrell saw them sneak through for scores in the second quarter, but at that stage, Mystics had already built up a considerable lead and waltzed into the dressing room with a 42-19 cushion at half-time. The third quarter continued in much the same way as the previous two, with Ailish O'Reilly driving Mystics forward from the point while also bagging some great steals, and Gilcrease was really invaluable under the boards. At the other end, Oblate kept pushing though, with Heather Meagher, Black and Farrell all adding to their side's tally. The result was never in any doubt though and as the game ticked into the final quarter and 'The Fields of Athenry' began to ring out around the Arena, Mystics showed their worth with Kilkenny, Deirdre O'Shea, Hannah Coen and O'Reilly all working hard and, but for some superb defending from Jasmine Wonik and Black for Oblate, could have been a lot further in front at the final buzzer. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
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