The Address UCC Glanmire have been crowned MissQuote.ie Super League champions for the second year in succession. Mark Scannell’s side continued an incredible regular season run by beating Ulster University 90-67 to ensure the trophy remains on Leeside.
Khiarica Rasheed and Brittany Byrd stamped their class on the occasion by combining for 42 points, including 7 of the opening 14 points that put the game almost out of sight within five minutes of play. Ulster University showed their grit despite being down by 18 points after one, Irish underage international Maria Kealy their standout performer alongside Emily Maupin and Aoife Callaghan.
Reflecting on their achievement afterwards, The Address UCC Glanmire head coach Mark Scannell said: “We’ve just won a very tough league. At the start of the season, we wouldn’t have expected this. Losing a couple of games to Trinity (Meteors) earlier in the season was really tough at the time, but I think it hardened the team and we went back to the drawing board. The effort and endeavour this group have put in over the last six months has been phenomenal. Today they got their reward.”
Elsewhere, Trinity Meteors and DCU Mercy remain neck and neck in the battle for the second seeding for the Champions Trophy.
DCU Mercy extended their unbeaten run to six by beating InsureMyHouse.ie National Cup winners Killester 83-75 on the road. Mark Ingle’s team now face a huge game against recently anointed champions The Address UCC Glanmire next week, as they look to overthrow Trinity Meteors with two weeks left in the regular season.
Niall Berry’s Meteors ended their recent run of poor form against i3PT Fr.Mathews. They led from pillar to post in a 66-60 win and while never pulling away fully, the victory will do much to restore confidence in the ranks, with Irish international duo Dayna Finn and Claire Melia both amassing 19 and 14 points respectively. This result combined with Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics win all but condemns Niamh Dwyer’s team to missing out on the Champions Trophy. Shannon Brady put in a magnificent shooting performance to register 28 points for them on the day.
Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics and University of Galway Mystics combined for an incredible 28 three pointers, as the Kildare side ran out eventual winners 100-85. Sorcha Tiernan was once again showing her scoring range, accounting for 17 points on a day in which no fewer than six of Karl Kilbride’s team scored 15 or more. Paul O’Brien’s Mystics were equally impressive on the stat sheet in defeat. Kara McCleane led the way with 22 points, but similarly to their conquerors, five of them notched at least 12 points. The win gives Celtics a three-point advantage on their rivals for the final Champions Trophy place in the MissQuote.ie Super League table with just two games to go.
Singleton SuperValu Brunell look to be their final challengers for that spot. Liam Culloty’s side narrowly defeated Waterford Wildcats 75-72 on Sunday afternoon. Akilah Bethel took on the scoring load from Edel Thornton, amassing 26 points, but it was free-throws in the closing minutes from Lauryn Homan and Danielle O’Leary that put the finishing touches to the win. The loss means Wildcats drop to 9-7 on the year. Jasmine Walker, Sarah Hickey and Caitlin Gloeckner all showed up well for Waterford.
MissQuote.ie Super League
Saturday, February 25th
Trinity Meteors 66-60 i3PT Fr. Mathews
Killester 75-83 DCU Mercy
Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics 100-85 University of Galway Mystics
Sunday, February 26th
The Address UCC Glanmire 90-67 Ulster University
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 75-72 Waterford Wildcats
MissQuote.ie Division 1
Saturday, February 25th
Phoenix Rockets 94-55 SETU Carlow
McEvoy’s Cavan Eagles 81-79 St. Paul’s Killarney
Portlaoise Panthers 84-71 Moy Tolka Rovers
Oblate Dynamos 69-81 Limerick Celtics, Oblate Hall
Limerick Sport Huskies 41-58 Abbey Seals Dublin Lions
Marble City Hawks 64-83 Griffith College Templeogue