UCC claimed the Women's Freshers Cup for 2016 with a 54-30 win

UCC claimed the Women's Freshers Cup for 2016 with a 54-30 win

  • Nov 23,2015
November 22nd 2015, Maynooth University - Freshers Cup Finals Recaps:

UCC 54, DIT 30

UCC claimed the Women’s Freshers Cup for 2016 with a 54-30 win over DIT.  The Cork side took control in the second quarter when the reintroduction of Ireland U18 duo Sarah Kenny and Kelly Diggin preceded long range baskets from Lesley Ann Wilkinson and Síofra Burgoyne.

UCC stretched their lead successive baskets off the inbound in the third quarter and Kelly Diggin converted a couple of long range outlet passes on the break to seal the deal.

DIT never gave up. Anna Pupin pulled off a stunning block in the fourth quarter during a weekend where she also starred in Pyrobel Killester’s win over DCU Mercy in the Women’s Premier League. She also finished with 12 points. Síle Ní Chofaigh Byrne while Emma Finn was DIT’s best scorer in the third quarter.

UCC: Leslie Ann Wilkinson 13, Kelly Diggin 7, Sarah Kenny 15, Seodhna O’Donoghue, Eabha O’Gorman, Niamh Cotter 10, Shannon O’Leary, Claire Fitzpatrick 2, Clionadh Waters, Síofra Burgoyne 4, Rachel Duffy 2, Eimear O’Reilly.

DIT: Emma Finn 6, Claire Treacey 2, Síle Ní Chofaigh Byrne, Sinéad Ryan 6, Lisa Young 4, Helene Hoenigsperger, Anna Pupin 12.

HT: UCC 26, DIT 16

MVP: Sarah Kenny


DCU 54, UL 48

DCU came from behind to claim the Men’s Freshers Cup with a 54-48 defeat of UL in Maynooth. Conor Gilligan played a huge role in the win with 28 points.

UL Eagles controlled the opening half with size and strength.  Jonathan Pesaitis was dominant early on with 11 points in the first quarter alone as UL raced into a 16-11 lead.

Diarmuid O’Shea and Conor Byrne hit threes for UL in the second period but DCU were growing into the game and Michael Curley hit two baskets before the break to narrow the gap to 29-20.

It was in the second half where Conor Gilligan earned his MVP award. DCU were lethal in transition as they negated UL’s physical advantage with speed and accuracy. The result looked assured when a technical put James Byrne onto five fouls.

DCU: Andy Flood 3, Michael Curley 14, Andrew McKeever 5, Joe O’Connor 4, Conor Gilligan 28. Subsitutes: Russell Brady, David Quirke, Sean Ryan.

UL: James Byrne 6, Patryk Lewandowski 9, Jonathan Pesaitis 17, Diarmuid O’Shea 3, Conor Byrne 13.  Substitutes: Cian Brady, Barry Redmond, Kevin O’Donoghue, Cian Corcoran, Rhys Barry, Paul Carroll, Patrick Reid.

HT: DCU 20, UL 29

MVP: Conor Gilligan. 

There a novel ending to the Men's Plate Final. Maynooth University claimed the trophy but a buzzer beater from the half-court by Benny Carroll saw IT Carlow finish with a flourish
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