U16 Women's RECAP: Ireland 52, England 46

U16 Women's RECAP: Ireland 52, England 46

  • Aug 10,2016
Wednesday 10th August
FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship - Division B (Group C)
Ireland 52, England 46 
P. Cosma Economic College Arena, Oradea, ROU

Ireland are through to the quarter-finals of the FIBA U16 Women’s European Championships thanks to a 52-46 win over England in their final game in Group C. It’s the first time that two Irish squads have made top-eight in a single European Championship summer, following a quarter-final appearance by the U18 Women’s squad in July. 

“Our girls worked themselves to the bone,” said Head Coach Maeve Coleman. “Everyone contributed and we’re so excited for them to have made top eight. After slipping up against Finland and Bosnia & Herzegovina - to come back and put in a performance like that is great.”

Ireland’s lead was forged in the second quarter. Niamh Masterson hit a triple before Maeve Cannon threw an assist for Enya Maguire and hit a jump shot herself in a game-breaking 9-0 run. It was Ireland’s best shooting half of the tournament with 44.1% field goal accuracy. 

There had been nothing to separate the sides in the first quarter and an 8-2 run from the English had them right back in the hunt in the third. It took two layups inside a minute from Annaliese Murphy and Abby Flynn to quell the comeback - Flynn’s contribution ensuring all 11 fit players contributed to the scoreboard. 

Dayna Finn’s jump shot early in the fourth quarter restored a 10 point advantage and big shots were vital as field goal accuracy fell off. Murphy’s triple with 4:41 left was exactly what her side needed and Finn saw Ireland home with five more points to complete her double-double. 

It was another gritty performance as Ireland confirmed their top-five ranking in the tournament for both steals and rebound.

“Realistically, Poland are not going to like our defence,” said Coleman of Friday’s quarter-final. “We’ll have to improve our shooting but it’s been a whole team effort from both players and coaches to get us this far.”

Ireland: D. Finn* (10), E. Maguire* (7), A. Blaney* (2), B. Power Cassidy* (6), M O Seaghdha* (2), N. Masterson (3), M. Phelan (7), N. Clancy (2), A. Flynn (2), M. Cannon (2), A. Murphy (9), E. McCloskey DNP. 

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