No joy for Ireland U18 women’s basketball side against Russia

Limerick’s Eve Nealon is involved with the squad.

Report courtesy of Basketball Ireland.

It was a tough day on court for the Ireland Under 18 women’s team today as they lost out 77-37 to a tall and very physical Russian side in their second group game at the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division A.

The girls in green started strong in the opening quarter, with good scoring from Dayna Finn, Niamh Masterson and Enya Maguire seeing them edge into an 8-10 lead with seven minutes gone. A refocused Russia came storming back into proceedings though, and put up 12 points in the closing stages of the quarter to lead 20-10 at the end of the first.

A tough second quarter followed, as scores were at a premium for the Irish as Russia began to use their size and physicality to their advantage, punishing Ireland under the boards and forcing turnovers to lead 34-16 going in at half time.

Ireland regrouped at the break, and came out fighting in the third. Good link up play between Maguire and Bronagh Power-Cassidy caused trouble for the Russian defence, while scores from Katie Williamson, Ella McCloskey and Finn closed the gap somewhat to see Russia lead 48-27 going into the last.

Good work in the fourth quarter from the Irish saw a further ten points added to the board, but it just wasn’t enough down the stretch though, as Russia continued to add scores at the other end, to win out 77-37.

IRELAND: Annaliese Murphy (3), Bronagh Power Cassidy (11), Dayna Finn (9), Enya Maguire, Ella McCloskey (4), Eve Nealon, Katie Williamson (8), Lynn Tunnah, Maeve Ó Séaghdha (5), Maeve Phelan, Niamh Masterson, Nicole Clancy (4).

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