MAXOL WIT WILDCATS 64 -
NUIG MYSTICS 59
Baketball Ireland WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
The Maxol WIT Wildcats made it three wins from three games in the Mercy Sports Hall on Saturday night when the saw of the challenge of NUI Galway. However the team from the West left town believing they were unfortunate not to come out on the right side of a nerve tingling encounter. Wildcats got off to the perfect start with slick passing and quality finishing from team captain Cathy Kavanagh and American Meghan Donohue, Galway did respond with some excellent baskets to leave just six points in favour of Wildcats after the first quarter (21-15). As the game progressed scores from the game’s MVP, Steph O’Shea, and Jazz Walker extended Wildcats lead to 15 points before another hot spell from the visitors reduced the deficit to 38-28 at the break.
Wildcats through Helena Rohan and Allyson Caggio put distance between the teams once again. More scores from Kavanagh, O’Shea and Donohue left the home team in a comfortable position leading 56-34 with the final quarter to play. But this gutsy Galway side were never going to quit and sure enough the came right back with a full court press which Wildcats just couldn’t handle and bit by bit their lead dwindled. To make things worse Jazz Walker, who was having an excellent game, picked up her fourth foul and had to sit and watch her team crumble under the Galway pressure. With six minutes on the clock Wildcats led by a mere five points and with the opposition’s American Ciara Gaines running riot the tide was fast turning in Galway’s favour. Baskets from O’Shea and Kavanagh steadied the nerves but once again Gaines cancelled out their efforts. With three minutes to play Wildcats got lucky as Gaines through her all out effort picked up her fifth foul and was out of the game. From that point Wildcats held on to secure their third win from as many games.
KILLESTER UP NEXT
This Saturday they take on Killester away in Dublin. With many quality players, this could prove Wildcats’ toughest game to date. Fingers crossed they can make it four from four.