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!)