No Mercy shown as DCU book their spot in Cup semi-final

No Mercy shown as DCU book their spot in Cup semi-final

  • Dec 02,2017

“If anybody is going to watch a women’s sport, they need to come and watch women’s basketball,” stated DCU Mercy head coach, Mark Ingle on Friday evening as his side kept their cool in the dying seconds of their Hula Hoops Women’s quarter-final showdown against Courtyard Liffey Celtics to win out 81-76.

In one of the games of the season so far, the top two sides on the Women’s Super League table dished up an absolutely superb game of basketball in front of a packed gym and, by the end of the first quarter, it was already clear that a nail-biting finish was in the pipeline. 

DCU stormed into an early ten-point lead midway through the first, with Alex Masaquel and Tiffany Corselli carving holes in the Liffey Celtics defence to give them a 5-15 cushion. The home team regrouped quickly though, and an in-form Aine O’Connor and Jazmen Boone closed the gap back to just two points at the end of the first, and it was officially game on.

A huge second quarter display from both sides kept the scoreline neck-in-neck, with Liffey drawing level midway through and taking a narrow 40-37 point lead into the dressing room at half time. But the battle was far from over, with DCU edging ahead (56-59) by the end of the third teeing up a nerve-wracking finale.

Brilliant displays at both ends of the court saw an absolute showcase of basketball put on for the crowd, with Aisling Sullivan, Corselli and Masaquel wowing for DCU, while O’Connor, Boone and Devon Brookshire had the home crowd on their feet. It wasn’t to be for last year’s finalists though, as with seven seconds on the clock, Liffey tried in vain to bag the much-needed three-pointer to send the game to overtime, but DCU’s Rachel Huijsdens had other ideas, and finished off a fast break in style to put her team up by five and send them through to the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals in Cork in January. 

“It was a great game,” said DCU coach, Mark Ingle. :”We’re on a pretty good run and we’ve started to play well. I didn’t think tonight we played as well as we have been but that was the opposition doing a good job defensively.

“There was nothing in it, it could have gone either way. We had a tough job watching Aine O’Connor, watching Jazmen, and their American was cleaning up under the boards. But we got the job done and that’s the main thing.

“I think the game was a great spectacle, there was a big crowd here tonight and they must have really enjoyed it. If anybody is going to watch a women’s sport, they need to come watch women’s basketball.”

Basketball Ireland Result, December 1st

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Quarter Final

Courtyard Liffey Celtics 76-81 DCU Mercy 


Courtyard Liffey Celtics 76-81 DCU Mercy
Top scorers Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Jazmen Boone 29, Aine O'Connor 21, Devon Brookshire 15
Top scorers DCU Mercy: Alex Masaquel 27, Sarah Woods 19, Tiffany Corselli 18
Half time score: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 40-37 DCU Mercy

Cover pic:  Photo Credit Martin Doherty

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