BLUES VS CHICHESTER (72-33)
Despite a slow start that saw the Blues struggle to get ahead on the scoreboard, they managed toestablish their superiority from the first whistle. Mie Monti lead the team in full court defensivepressure from the start of the game, forcing Chichester to make a number of turn overs before theycould cross the half court line. However, this fast pace also caused the Blues to make a number ofmistakes and poor passing was punished by the opposition so the score remained tied trough thefirst quarter.
Not satisfied with the 3 point lead they had, the Blues stepped up their game in the second quarter dominating both on offence and defence, scoring 22 points compared to Chichester's 4. Jess Hunt's strong drives to the basket coupled with Becky Illingworth's excellent shooting kept the team's energy and confidence up through the quarter which enabled them to close the first half 36 to 15.
The start of the second half saw the Blues over power the visitors again. Paloma Navarro and Léoniede Jonge lead the team in this period, pushing on the fast break for uncontested lay-ups which Chichester could not stop. However, Cambridge did not rest on their laurels, working to try new plays on offence and switching from man to man defence to a 2/3 zone.
After the advantage gained in the previous 2 quarters, the Blues lost some of their momentum, and Chichester managed to score 15 points in the final quarter. Cambridge's superiority on the court wasevident from the beginning of the game, reflected by the final score of 72-33. Aware of the importance of this match for progression in the BUCS Cup and looking ahead to Varsity (26th of February) the Blues were happy that their efforts in training sessions paid off this Wednesday, andlook forward to coming back even stronger next term.
Although there are no more games scheduled for this term, you still have the chance to see and play with the Blues on December 2nd, between 18:00 and 20:00 at the fundraising event they will be hosting for ALS charities.
Location: Cambridge University Sports Centre
Final Score: 72-33 (Cambridge)
The Blues Top Scorers: Léonie de Jonge (16), Becky Illingworth (12), Paloma Navarro (12), Jess Hunt (12), Pia Hecher (6)
Average Free-throw Accuracy: 60%
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