In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, an outstanding individual performance from UL Huskies star guard Rachael Vanderwal helped her team to a crucial win in their top of the table clash with Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.
The Limerick ladies recorded an impressive 93-78 win over their rivals when they travelled to Cork for the fixture. Now as the regular season begins to wind down, Huskies have placed themselves in a healthy position to retain their league champions title.
James Weldon, head coach for UL Huskies said, It is disappointing to give up 78 points to any team but to score 93 in Cork on Team Montenottes court is very impressive.
We came out of the blocks strong and really made a point of doing so in the opening three minutes. Team Montenotte kept coming back but we stayed focused and continued to make a run for scores.
We had five girls on double figures so everyone really stepped it up. Rachael of course had a great game as she finished with 37. It was perhaps one of her best games for us, she really was exceptional.
Elsewhere, DCU Mercy narrowly oversaw a buoyant Singleton SuperValu Brunell on a score-line of 78-65.
With the game neck and neck the entire way, DCU only lead by two points at the half. The young Brunell girls continued to push DCU for the second half but the experience of the Mercy ladies proved too much for them as they lost 78-65.
Mark Ingle, DCU Mercys head coach said, We missed far too many scoring opportunities, from lay-ups to free throws we failed to convert and in turn let Brunell stay with us.
We did a good job on defence and closed the game out in the last quarter to get the win by going smaller with three or four guards out on the floor.
Ulster Rockets also added another win to their season as they continue to chase a play-off position come the post season. They overcame Liffey Celtics 61-34.
Speaking about the game, head coach, Breda Dick said, It was a good game, we controlled it from the start.
Our press was excellent causing them to turnover the ball which is where we picked up our points coming down the stretch.
BASKETBALL IRELAND LATEST RESULTS
Saturday, February 16th
Nivea Womens SuperLeague
Team Montenotte Hotel Cork: 78 (34) (G. Dwyer 25, N. Dwyer 22, A. O' Regan 14) UL Huskies: 93 (50) (R. Vanderwal 37, A. Mc Dermott 14, M. Fahy 14)
Liffey Celtics: 34 (16) (A. O'Connor 13, E. Bracken 9, M. O'Sullivan 8) Ulster Rockets: 61 (42) (C. Stewart 21, F. Toner 12, N. Lennon 9)
Basketball Ireland Womens Division One
Tralee Imperials :65 (24) (S. Mackessy 24; E. Sherwood 19; L. Raymond 7) Oblate Dynamos : 49 (12) (J. Niland 19; G. McKenna 14; S. Massey 5)
UL Huskies :31 (9) (K. Murphy 9; O. Woods 7; E. Cleary 6) NUIG Mystics :72 (37) (L. Murray 13; G. Gaskin 12; N. O' Keeffe 12)
Brittons Insurance Donegal Town : 42 (19) (C. McHugh 8, R. Balazenyrte 8, T.Khan 7) Team Tom McCarthys St Marys : 69 (34) (L. Scanlon 22, E. O'Conner 9 E. Scanlon 8)
Sunday, February 17th
Nivea Womens SuperLeague
DCU Mercy: 78 (35) (S. Woods 21; M. Hoffman 17; L. Peat 14) Singleton SuperValu Brunell: 65 (33) (D. Leary 19; E. Thorton 18; G. O' Mahony 9)
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics into the Finals - 2 days ago
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Glanmire and Liffey Celtics reached the Final of the league. Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame Pyrobel Killester 72-58 on their way to defending their Women's Super League play off title. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) delivered 15. Mimi Clarke ended up with 22 points in defeat and Rebecca Nagle (173-G/F-92) poured in 10. Courtyard Liffey Celtics edged DCU Mercy 62-55. Jazmen Boone (1... [read more]
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics reached the Final of the league. Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame Pyrobel Killester 72-58 on their way to defending their Women's Super League play off title. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) delivered 15. Mimi Clarke ended up with 22 points in defeat and Rebecca Nagle (173-G/F-92) poured in 10. Courtyard Liffey Celtics edged DCU Mercy 62-55. Jazmen Boone (173-G, college: William & Mary) led the way with 20 points, while Emma O'Connor (183-F-91, college: Marist),, Ailbhe O'Connor and Sorcha Tiernan brought 10 each. Ashley Perez finished the game with 19 points in a loss, whilst Sarah Woods and Sarah Fairbanks (185-F, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 apiece.
Fechko's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
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22-year old guard Leah Fechko (173-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed NUIG Mystics (#8, 3-12) with 23-point margin 79-56. Killester maintains the 4th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to i... [read more]
22-year old guard Leah Fechko (173-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed NUIG Mystics (#8, 3-12) with 23-point margin 79-56. Killester maintains the 4th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Fechko turned to be Killester's top player in her first season with the team. St.Francis College (NY) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fechko is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 5.9spg.
Second best performed player last round was Claire Melia (185-C-99) of P.Panthers. She is a center in her second season at P.Panthers. In the last game Melia recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as P.Panthers was edged by slightly higher-ranked DCU Mercy (#3, 10-5) 68-64. P.Panthers managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Melia is well-known at P.Panthers and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another P.Panthers' star - forward Nicole Sterling (178-F-93). Sterling showcased her all-around game by recording 26 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Sterling's great performance P.Panthers lost 64-68 to slightly higher-ranked DCU Mercy (#3, 10-5). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing P.Panthers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Sterling has a great season in Ireland. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 9.2rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best). Sterling attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on her way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Kaylee Kilpatrick (193-F/C-93) of Brunell - 18 points and 8 rebounds 5. Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) of DCU Mercy - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Rachel Huijsdens (187-C-99) of DCU Mercy - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Brittney Dunbar (173-G) of WIT Wildcats - 18 points and 3 rebounds 8. Ebony Wells (188-F/C) of NUIG Mystics - 11 points and 13 rebounds 9. Amy Waters (180-F/C-95) of Brunell - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Maeve Phelan (175-G/F) of P.Panthers - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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