Women off the mark in style, cut Titans down to size

Esther Little's senior debut for Ipswich Basketball lived up to expectations (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Basketball Club’s Senior Women got their competitive season off to an impressive start with an emphatic 109-67 win against a tough and talented Northamptonshire Titans team.

Ipswich opened the game with an 8-0 run behind three-point shots from Esther Little, Ashleigh Pink and a two from Dannielle Cazey. However, the Titans were not phased by the early onslaught and connected on two long range efforts of their own. Ipswich would continue to play at a fast pace throughout the game with Harriet Welham getting it going from the perimeter and in transition. By the end of the first quarter Ipswich held a seven point lead, 25-18.

The exhibition continued in the second quarter as Ipswich extended their lead with the bench players all stepping up and making big plays – by the interval Ipswich led 55-34.

The third quarter was where the Suffolk side played their best basketball, winning the period 36-13 with the whole team contributing to a dominant performance. Ipswich led 91-47 as the visitors clearly tired and began to get frustrated.

In the fourth, Ipswich Coach Nick Drane rotated his team heavily as the score wound down, with Ipswich recording a resounding victory in front of a packed Copleston.

“This was a great start for us. Northamptonshire are a well coached, talented team and this was a great challenge for us. Offensively I thought we were excellent at times, but we need to do a much better job of taking care of the ball and we also shot just 44% from the foul line which isn’t good enough – but these are things that we can work on”.

Ipswich have their first league game next Saturday when they may the long trip to the Midlands to face Worcester Wolves.

Little led the game with 32 points. Ipswich Basketball Academy star Pink added 24 and Welham finished with 22.