This season, the Blues played in the top Midlands league (1A), after being promoted in 2020. The Blues faced some fierce competitors, especially Nottingham Trent W1, who have now been promoted to the national league! The Blues secured victory in both games against Loughborough W2, and also had some close games against Anglia Ruskin W1 and Worcester W1. With the promotion of NTU, the Cambridge Blues finished in 4th position, meaning that they secured full Blue status and will remain in the 1A league next year.
The Panthers played in the 3B league, finishing 2nd (their best performance to date!) .They put in particularly strong performances against Nottingham W3 and Leicester W1. The panthers now have their eye set upon topping the league in the 2022-2023 season!
Both teams would like to thank their coaches for helping us to have such a successful season, and can’t wait for next season
Victory for the Blues at a home varisty!
6th March 2022, University Sports Centre, Cambridge
Oxford Women’s 1sts 53 -Cambridge Women’s 1sts 56
Oxford Women’s 2nds 40 -Cambridge Women’s 2nds 37
Both matches were extremely close (both end scores differed by only 3 points!)
The Cambridge Blues, having not seen a varsity victory in many years, felt excited coming into this year's home varsity. The game started at a high pace but saw both teams missing layups. Mousley was the first to put points on the board for Cambridge, but Oxford soon caught up. Odogwu then began dominating the rebounds, and passing the ball out to other teammates for layups and shots, including some smooth cuts from Dawson and a 3pt shot from Song. The first half ended with an 8pt lead from Cambridge.
The second half saw some early fouls and some extremely fast paced basketball. Oxford came out strong and after a few minutes, the gap closed and Oxford briefly took the lead, before they got into foul trouble. The whole final quarter was nail-bitingly close, with the teams playing point for point. The Cambridge crowd stayed loud with their defence chant (maybe too loud as both teams committed many defensive fouls…). Odogwu suffered an achilleas injury with just 5 minutes left. The Blues kept calm in offence, making many passes before taking shots, but as the pressure built into the final minutes, some defensive fouls and reckless passes made the game tense. It became a 2 pt difference, with 4 seconds on the clock. Monti made 2 free throws, bringing the score to 56-52 to Cambridge. With 0.4 seconds on the clock, Oxford were fouled on a 3pt shot. Oxford made 1 of the free throws, bringing it to a 3pt Cambridge lead. Oxford scratch the last shot, trying for the 3pt shot but it doesn't go. Victory for Cambridge! One of the most intense ends to a game we have seen! (Would highly recommend watching it on youtube!)
The Blues finished the season on a high by qualifying to the Midlands Conference Cup Finals. Oxford Brookes won the cup, but we are immensely proud of our girls for getting this far! Well done team and looking forward to a new year.
The CUWBbC ramain undefeated this season as they claimed victory over De Montfort University en-route to a 6-0 record this Wednesday afternoon.
The Blues traveled to Leicester City to face DMU for their second away game of the season. Right off the tip, the game proved to be a very physical one, with DMU starting off with aggressive man-to-man defense to pressure the Blues’ primary ballhandlers. Blues guards Monti, Florez and Wright appeared undaunted by this pressure though, as they found teammates Dawson and Illingworth, who fought tirelessly for good positioning down low, for easy layups or short baseline jumpers.
Blues away win against East Anglia! The team goes undefeated for the season.
Blues home win against East Anglia in the Women's Midlands Conference Cup. This sees the Blues team qualified for the quarter final against Nottingham Trent Women's 2nd team.
CUWBbC Blues not only remain undefeated in their current season (4-0 and going strong!) but their latest victory means that they will be progressing onto the next match for the Cup Tournament. The Cup, which is separate from the regular BUCS league matches, consists of several do-or-die matches where teams must win their game in order to advance to the next round. Cambridge managed to pass through Round 1 without a match, which put them up against UEA in Round 2. Next up for the Cup Match (February 2020), Cambridge will play against Nottingham Trent in the quarter final, where they will have to come out with a win in order to advance to the semis.
Blues home win against Loughborough 3rd!
Despite having home-court advantage, the Cambridge Blues experienced a rough start in their game against Loughborough. Loughborough has earned its reputation in the UK as a sports-university, and their team warmed up confidently and their players’ skill showed promise of it being a tough match. Both teams struggled to get on the scoreboard in the first two minutes—Cambridge had several good looks at the basket, but nothing seemed to fall for them, and aggressive rebounds by Loughborough’s Centre Barlow made second chances for the Blues difficult to come by.
Blues home win against Bedforshire 1st! The season opener for the Blues places the team in an excellent position.
The CUWBbC Blues started their season off strong with a 59-29 win against Bedforshire. After being granted a “win” in last week’s game due to forfeiture, the Blues were eager to put their hard work and training to the test on home court. Bedforshire, ranked first in the league, arrived at the Blue’s home court with just seven players, while Cambridge had a full bench of twelve. Coach Laura Wright, confident with the fitness and skills of her team, instructed Cambridge to run quick but thorough plays in attempt to tire out Bedforshire.
The Blues Women Basketballers closed out their 2017-18 season last Wednesday with another tight tussle with long-time rivals Worcester University. This was the final match for a number of long-time Blues players, Mie Monti, Herta Gatter, Claire Ratican and captain Leonie de Jonge, who are due to finish their studies this year so the team wanted to send them off with one more win to celebrate their successful university basketball careers. However, with farewells on the mind and a two-week break after Varsity, the Cambridge women were slow off the mark after the tip.