Women dominate Mansfield to stay perfect

Another well-executed team performance saw Ipswich's Women stay unbeaten in 2017-18 (Image: Nick Winter)

The Ipswich Basketball Club Senior Women extended their unbeaten start to the season to five games, as they dispatched Mansfield Giants 92-40 on Saturday.

In front of another large crowd at Copleston, the Ipswich team again demonstrated some fantastic team basketball, with several players scoring in double figures, while holding their opponents to just forty points in the contest.

Ipswich won the first period 21-11, and the second 25-7 as Head Coach Nick Drane rotated his bench, giving all eleven players time on the court to impress. The Suffolk side didn’t let up in the second half, winning the final two periods 46-22.

Captain Amy Linton had the hot hand, connecting on five three pointers on her way to fifteen points, while leading scorer Harriet Welham was again amongst the points, collecting twenty-five. Great Britain international Maya Price was the top scorer with twenty-seven points to go with thirteen rebounds and six blocks. Elsewhere, Ashleigh Pink added nine assists and eight rebounds to compliment her four points.

Ipswich are now 3-0 and top of WNBL Division Two North, with their two cup wins against Northamptonshire Titans and Loughborough Riders making them 5-0 in all competitions. Next week they turn their attention back to the National Cup, where they face highly rated Reading Rockets away in the quarter-final on Sunday. After their strong start, Ipswich will feel full of confidence heading into the game in the knowledge that they have nothing to lose.

“I thought we were very professional today and didn’t let our standard dip for a moment,” said Coach Drane. “Mansfield are a good team and I think the long journey did them no favours.

“We have a great chemistry and rhythm at the moment and we are doing all we can in training to make sure we keep this momentum going.

“It was great to be back at Copleston after three straight away games – there really is no place like home.”

The squad’s next home game is Saturday 25th November when they host Northamptonshire Titans in the league at 3pm at Copleston Sports Centre.