The Address UCC Glanmire were crowned MissQuote.ie Super League champions at the Mardyke Arena, but tasted defeat for just the third time all year in doing so.
An energetic Waterford Wildcats silenced a boisterous home crowd temporarily, Jasmine Walker nailing a game-winning jumper with just 25 seconds left on the clock to ensure they held onto fourth place in the MissQuote.ie Super League with an 83-81 win. That could prove crucial in more ways than one for Champions Trophy seeding.
The crowd in the Mardyke Arena were treated to a very entertaining game throughout and soon regained their voice to salute the players and management as they were presented with the MissQuote.ie Super League trophy by former President of Basketball Ireland (1981-84) Liam McGinn.
Elsewhere on Sunday, DCU Mercy highlighted their Champions Trophy credentials in an 88-50 win over Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics. Mark Ingle’s side were already assured of a second place finish in the MissQuote.ie Super League, but didn’t let it affect their performance. Amelia Motz top scored with 18 points, ably assisted by Nicole Clancy, Lindsey Abed and Ciara Byrne.
Singleton SuperValu Brunell ended their season on a high with a 82-79 victory over Trinity Meteors. Akilah Bethel was unplayable at times so it was fitting that she scored four ice cool free-throws in the last 1:07 to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The result is a minor setback for Trinity Meteors who lost to Ulster University a week ago, though head coach Niall Berry will likely see plenty to work on ahead of their meeting with Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics in the Champions Trophy.
Chanell Williams and Mimi Clarke hit 49 points between them, as Killester earned a 103-75 win over i3PT Fr.Mathews to enter the Champions Trophy in style. Mark Grennell’s team will go in as the 5th seed, as Waterford Wildcats own the tiebreaker over them but having already secured an InsureMyHouse.ie National Cup, the Clontarf outfit won’t fear any team on the road to the finals weekend in April.
The weekend’s other fixture saw University of Galway Mystics pick up a third win of the season, 86-75 over Ulster University. The result means that Patrick O’Neill’s UU may yet face a relegation playoff depending on the outcome of the MissQuote.ie Division 1 playoff picture.
MissQuote.ie Super League
Saturday, March 11th
University of Galway Mystics 86-75 Killester
Trinity Meteors 79-82 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Killester 103-75 i3pt Fr.Mathews
Sunday, March 12th
DCU Mercy 88-50 Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics
The Address UCC Glanmire 81-83 Waterford Wildcats