Magnificient Wildcats blitz Champions elect

Basketball; Women’s Premier League

DCU Mercy 56
Maxol WIT Wildcats 77

Maxol WIT Wildcats tore up the formbook when they blitzed champions elect DCU in the capital last Sunday evening.
Dublin City University, who were on a 12 game winning streak and are top of the premier league, were expected to continue their winning ways. Despite home advantage and taking an early four point lead, DCU could never extend their advantage as Wildcats stayed in touch to leave just a basket between the sides at the halfway stage.
As the game progressed Wildcats edged in front with Jazmen Boone and Cathy Kavanagh totally dominating the boards winning rebound after rebound at both ends of the court.
The same pair were also notching up basket after basket to give Wildcats a 10-point lead heading into the final quarter.
The large contingent of travelling supporters were ecstatic with the Wildcats’ performance but all expected DCU to come out with all guns blazing for the remaining 10 minutes.

: Wildcats were in superb form last Sunday when they defeated league leaders DCU Mercy

: Wildcats were in superb form last Sunday when they defeated league leaders DCU Mercy

However it was Wildcats who drove on lead by team captain Sinead Deegan who finished a number of penetrating drives with style.
Helena Rohan turned in a great defensive performance as she stuck like glue to the DCU top scorer Sarah Woods keeping her scoreless for those crucial final minutes.
The final score of 56 – 77 reflects the quality of Wildcats performance which saw Jazmen Boone playing the game of her life hitting 33 points, Cathy Kavanagh who is without doubt the best post player in the country on 20 points and Sinead Deegan on 12 points.

Playoffs

Maxol WIT Wildcats have now worked their way into the top four with two games remaining in the regular season.
Both games are at home over the next two Saturdays as Wildcats play host to Killester and University of Limerick.
This Saturday at 7pm in the Mercy Sports Hall Wildcats face Dublin northsiders Killester who are in second place in the league table. The most recent meeting between these teams back in mid January was the national cup semi-final where the Dubliners took the spoils back. Wildcats have hit a rocky patch since then, mainly due to injuries to Sinead Deegan and Katie fox. In spite of both players not being on hundred per cent last Sunday’s performance proves they may be just right in time for this crucial encounter. While Wildcats have amassed enough points for a quarter final spot should they win both home games they would have home advantage for their quarter final. Wildcats supporters would just love that to happen and that is why the Mercy Sports hall will surely be packed this Saturday night.

U18s through to semi -final

Wildcats under U18 team traveled to Dublin to play Oblate Dynamos in the quarter final of the national shield last weekend and came away victorious 38-52. Annie Fanning was back to her best scoring 20 points as part of superb display by the point guard. Sarah Whelan was also in tremendous form finishing as the games top scorer with 24 points. Wildcats U18’s are back in Dublin this weekend for the semi final where Tolka Rovers are the opposition. Wildcats U12 and U14 were also in action with friendly games against Oblate Dynamos last Sunday. Although the opposition were slightly older in both games they proved excellent preparation for vital upcoming games – Wildcats U12s were edged out by just four points and the U14 side were victorious by five points.

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