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 and Lincoln. 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!
6th March 2022, University Sports Centre, Cambridge
Oxford Women’s 2nds - 40 Cambridge Women’s 2nds - 37
Oxford Women’s 1sts 53 Cambridge Women’s 1sts 56
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 achilles 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 Panthers game started off slow, with both teams struggling to get shots in, ending on a 9-7 to Cambridge. Oxford came strong with an aggressive full-court press, forcing many turnovers. The Panthers were able to keep up thanks to some great shots from Fung and successful plays led by point guard McNeil. Cambridge stayed in the fight, starting the final quarter only one point below. The atmosphere was tense with loud chants from the crowd on both sides
However, the final 5 minutes proved to be a hard fight and Oxford were able to hang on for the win with some impressive shooting, and scoring baskets in key moments. The final score was 37-40 to Oxford.
We had such a fun time hosting varsity this year. There was such a great atmosphere created by the huge crowds! Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day so much fun, we are looking forward to travelling to Oxford next year!
2nd in the conference! Your Cambridge Blues capped off their season with a second place finish in the BUCS Conference Cup Finals last Wednesday, March 11th. They officially ended their year with a 13-1 record, a league championship and a silver medal finish in the BUCS Conference Cup.
Congratulations to Oxford Brookes for their Cup win, and more importantly, to our girls for a great season! We can't think of a better way to send off 7 of our graduating undergraduates and graduates than having an undefeated league record and a second place finish in the Conference. Best of luck in changing the world, ladies!!! Thank you for such a great year!
This year's Varsity showed results similar to last year's with Oxford winning the Women's II, Women's I and Men's II matches, but Cambridge winning the Men's I match. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our club throughout the season and we are looking forward to hosting the Varsity match in Cambridge next year! Check out our YouTube channel for more information on the Varsity matches.
On 12th of October our team is recruiting new players! The selection process will take place at Kelsey Kerridge between 12pm to 2pm. Players of all levels are welcome to join, regardless of experience. The event is also available on Facebook. See you there!
This year our Club will be present at the University Sport's Fair on Monday 7th October 2019. The club presentation will consist of both a stall where our players will be available throughout the day and a live presentation of our club at 16:30. Hope you are as excited as we are!
On the 8th-9th October 10am-4pm we will be at the Fresher's Fair in Parker's Piece. The event will introduce new members of the University to different clubs and societies available to them. The Cambridge University Basketball Club will be present to answer any questions and introduce you to the team. Looking forward to meeting you!
CUWBbC is extremely happy to announce the beginning of the relationship with a new sponsor Wesleyan Financial. Wesleyan Financial is providing tailored financial advice and products to select professional groups, notably GPs, hospital doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers and a range of commercial financial products for the organisations in which they are employed.
On the 11th of May 2019 we will be holding the Alumni Game at the University Sports Centre. The event will take place from 12pm to 14:00 and promises to be one of the best so far. As has been done in previous years, the Annual Dinner is scheduled for that same evening so that any alumni who wish to attend may do so. Join the Facebook Event for the latest updates and please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, See you soon!
With the end of the BUCS Season, we encourage any current or future members of the University who are interested in being involved with the Club to get in touch! We will still be holding training sessions in exam term and we have the Alumni Game and Annual Dinner to look forward to, so keep an eye on this space and our social media!