Sixth for U16 Women at European Championships
August 14, 2016
Sunday 14th August
FIBA U16 Womenâs European Championship - Division B Classification Game for 5th Place
Ireland 50, Greece 57
Arena Antonio Alexe, Oradea, ROU
The Ireland U16 Womenâs basketball squad will arrive home from Romania as the most successful underage side ever after a sixth place finish at the FIBA European Championships in Oradea. A final day defeat to Greece could do little to take the shine off an historic tournament which saw them make the quarter finals and secure a top six finish with a win over Luxembourg.
Greeceâs 57-50 win was a measure of revenge for defeat in the seventh place classification game at last yearâs tournament. Four of their 2015 squad went on to secure promotion to Division âAâ with the U18âs squad. The class of 2016 flew out of the blocks in the first quarter, taking a decisive 21-9 lead after 10 minutes.
Dayna Finn, Enya Masterson, Maeve Phelan and Niamh Masterson were all back for their second U16 campaign and were in the starting five alongside Bronagh Power Cassidy. Finn had five points in the first quarter and baskets from Annaliese Murphy and Ella Mccloskey helped put Ireland on a surer footing in the second quarter.
Ireland trailed 31-19 at the break, but it was game-on in the third as Ireland put together a stunning 10-0 run in just 1:40. Masterson, Finn and Power Cassidy got the baskets with all four assists coming from Maeve Phelan.
Greece rallied to lead 43-35 heading into the fourth quarter and Ioanna Chatzivasileiou and Ismini Prapa combined for 15 steals to help them see out the game.
Annaliese Murphy finished the day with 14 points while Ireland consolidated their top ten ranking in the tournament for rebounds, assists and steals. Dayna Finnâs 11 rebounds per game saw her rank third overall while Enya Maguire was second for assists with 3.8 apg.
âEveryone has contributed this over the past two years,â said Maeve Coleman. âOur whole team, the parents and the players have put in 100%. This is our seventh trip away with this squad and I think itâs been reflected in our performance in this tournament. Itâs nice to have set a new record.â
Ireland: A Blaney (2), D Finn* (14), N Clancy, A Flynn (1), E Maguire* (2), M Phelan* (3), M Cannon (2), M OSeaghdha, N Masterson* (7), B Power Cassidy* (2), E McCloskey (3), A Murphy (14)
Ireland U16 Womenâs European Championship Squad:
Alison Blaney (Maree BC/Salerno Secondary School)
Nicole Clancy (Naas BC/St. Maryâs College Naas)
Dayna Finn (Maree BC/St Louis CS)
Abby Flynn (Waterford Wildcats/St Angela's Ursuline Convent)
Enya Maguire (Ulster Elks/Ulidia Integrated)
Annaliese Murphy (Glanmire/Colaiste An Phiarsaigh)
Maeve Phelan (Portlaoise Panthers/Scoil ChrÃost RÃ, Portlaoise)
Bronagh Power Cassidy (DCU Mercy/Holy Faith Clontarf)
Maeve Cannon (Maree BC/Calasanctius College)
Niamh Masterson (Liffey Celtics/ColÃ¡iste ChiarÃ¡in CS)
Maeve Ã SÃ©aghdha (DCU Mercy/Holy Faith Clontarf)
Ella McCloskey (KUBS/Mount Temple)
Head Coach: Maeve Coleman (Drogheda Bullets)
Assistant Coach: Karl Kilbride (Killester)
Team Manager: Ann Marie Whelan (Waterford Wildcats)