Now 8-0, Ipswich edge closer to perfect season

Danni Cazey helped Ipswich to another massive points total (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Basketball 121-77 Nottingham Trent Wildcats

Ipswich moved to 8-0 in NBL Division Two with another dominant display at Copleston on Sunday against Nottingham Trent Wildcats. Ipswich were again in unstoppable offensive form, scoring one hundred and twenty one points, including a season high forty-five from Harriet Welham. However, their defence was not up to the usual high standards, giving up a season-worst seventy-seven points.

Ipswich won the first quarter 28-19, and then erupted in the second period scoring an impressive forty points. However, due to the high paced Ipswich offence, Nottingham were able to take advantage of extra possessions, scoring twenty-five in the period themselves – the most by any team against the Suffolk side this season.

The third quarter saw Ipswich clearly tighten their belts defensively, holding the Wildcats to just fourteen in the quarter, while keeping the pressure up – scoring twenty-nine more to take the lead to 97-58.

The fourth, saw both teams continue to play hard as Ipswich quickly reached the one-hundred point mark, while Nottingham, behind the hot shooting of Vicky Grey and smart point guard play of Brae Ashton, also found baskets easy to come by. Ipswich would run out comfortable winners against a team that are still in search of their first league win.

“I imagine this was a good game to watch: a free scoring high paced game,” said Ipswich Head Coach Nick Drane.

“As a coach I was delighted with our offensive execution; we were under strength today but were still able to dominate the game. Defensively, it wasn’t so good and we will certainly be putting some work in this week to put that right.”

“I can’t understand Nottingham’s league position. They are a very good team, with some major scoring power – they are a very competitive team”.

Ipswich were led by Welham’s forty-five. Ashleigh Pink connected a season high twenty-eight points, including six three pointers while Dannielle Cazey added 20.

Ipswich have a double header next weekend as they travel away to Mansfield on Saturday before hosting Nottingham again on Sunday.