U16 Women's RECAP: Ireland 52, England 46
August 10, 2016
Wednesday 10th August
FIBA U16 Womenâs 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 Womenâs European Championships thanks to a 52-46 win over England in their final game in Group C. Itâs 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 Womenâs squad in July.
âOur girls worked themselves to the bone,â said Head Coach Maeve Coleman. âEveryone contributed and weâre 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.â
Irelandâs 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 Irelandâs 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 - Flynnâs contribution ensuring all 11 fit players contributed to the scoreboard.
Dayna Finnâs jump shot early in the fourth quarter restored a 10 point advantage and big shots were vital as field goal accuracy fell off. Murphyâs 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.
âRealistically, Poland are not going to like our defence,â said Coleman of Fridayâs quarter-final. âWeâll have to improve our shooting but itâs been a whole team effort from both players and coaches to get us this far.â
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.