Portlaoise Panthers 46 -
Maxol WIT Wildcats 79
Pictured with Liam Cusack from The Granville Hotel were the Maxol WIT Wildcats new American players, Megan Donohue and Jasmine Walker with Robin Murphy, Manager Maxol, Kingsmeadow and Jamie Walsh at the club’s season launch at the Granville Hotel. Photo: Noel Browne.
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League
Maxol WIT Wildcats made it two wins from two games over a six day period with both victories on the road.
They notched up their first win of the season with a 12 point win over Carlow IT and on Saturday last they produced a much better performance to see off the Portlaoise Panthers by a whopping 33 points. This was Wildcats biggest winning margin for some time.
From the tip off one could see the attitude and focus of Wildcats was exactly what would be required in the Portlaoise venue where the home support is intense and noisy, an atmosphere which has got to many a team over recent years. But not this time as Wildcats were dominant from start to finish with Jasmine Walker in the early stages of the game blitzing three three pointers from as many efforts while her fellow WIT sports changes life student Meghan Donohue was unstoppable inside. But it was Wildcats overall team performance which proved too much for the home side as their defence was tough and tenacious. At the half way stage Wildcats led by 39 to 22 and were well in command.
Panthers would have to get off to a flyer from the restart to get back into the game. However the Waterford side were in a mean mood and when Walker hit another three pointer, which was immediately followed up by a brace of quality baskets from Helena Rohan, there was no way back for Panthers. With the game all but wrapped up, coaches Jillian Hayes and Trish Nolan were able to give their younger players plenty of playing time. The final score 46-79 reflected the superiority of the Wildcats on this occasion. One thing for sure is Wildcats will face much better opposition over the coming season but if their improvement from game one to game two is anything to judge by then the Waterford representatives could prove a match for the best.
Wildcats top scorers: Meghan Donohue (22), Jasmine Walker (19) and Helena Rohan (12).
This coming weekend is free for Wildcats. Their first home game of the season is Saturday week the 28th where NUIG Galway visit the Mercy sports hall …tip off 7pm.