Portlaoise Panthers avoided relegation on the last day of the Womenâs Premier League season with a 59-57 win at home to Courtyard Liffey Celtics. Peter OâSullivanâs side were 12 points in arrears at one stage before surging back into contention. Captain Maeve OâSullivan and American Nicole Arnone scored all of their points in a dramatic final quarter.
Courtyard Liffey Celtics were in full control of the opening quarters as Suzanne Maguire picked off any open shots that came her way.
#BIWPL : Portlaoise Panthers 29-37 Courtyard Liffey Celtics (HT)Posted by Basketball Ireland on Monday, 29 February 2016
Pantherâs led briefly at the start of the second quarter but werenât back on terms until two minutes remained.
The result means UL Huskies are relegated. The Limerick side finished level on points with Panthers but lose out on the head-to-head record between the two sides.
Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th:
Womenâs Premier League Playoff Quarter-Finals:
*Meteors (4) v Maxol WIT Wildcats (5)
*Pyrobel Killester (3) v Singleton SuperValu Brunell (6)
Womenâs Division One Playoff Quarter-Finals:
*Oblate Dynamos (4) v Ulster Rockets (5)
*Team Denjoes American Style (3) v Team Garveyâs Tralee (6)
*Fixtures to be confirmed by Wednesday March 2nd at 12:00
Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th:
Womenâs Premier League Playoff Semi-Finals:
DCU Mercy v Meteors/Maxol WIT Wildcats
Team Montenotte Hotel v Pyrobel Killester/Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Womenâs Division One Playoff Semi-Finals:
NUIG Mystics v Oblate Dynamos/Ulster Rockets
Fr Mathews v Team Denjoes American Style/Team Garveyâs Tralee