A close, unlucky game to kick-off the rivalry
A heart-breaking loss of the Westminster’s women’s basketball team to West London gave the Warriors an early 1-0 advantage in Varsity 2017.
The game was physical and very close throughout all four quarters, and decided just by two free throws after Dragons’ captain, Mathilde Lie-Nielsen, fouled Silvia Romero Lopez in the last second of the match.
The Dragons did not get a revenge after they lost to their varsity rivals 33-72 last week in the last game of the BUCS season. They finished the competition with overall 3-7 record, after a wave of injuries plagued the team in December.
The Dragons started the game well, with a 5-0 run being led by Yuka Tada and Jamilla Torres. The Westminster team was the better side for the whole first quarter, showing some good passing game and team spirit.
The second quarter started and remained scoreless for a long time, with the West London team checking in to the game again after a series of turnovers by the Dragons. The Warriors managed to overwhelm Westminster finishing the second period with a comfortable 10-15 lead.
The Dragons answered with a brilliant four-point play by Yuka Tada at the beginning of the third quarter, and since then the game was on a knife-edge till the very end. The unlucky Dragons’ captain, Lie-Nielsen, brilliant on the defensive side and visibly managing the team from the pitch throughout the game, fouled West London’s playmaker Silvia Lopez just before the match-ending buzzer; and those two three throws were to be the decisive points in this tough game.
“They played amazing until the end. I never expected this game to finish this way. My heart was going to explode, it was amazing,” said the Warriors’ game changer Silvia Lopez.
“We started off this game very well, but let ourselves down later thinking we are going to get it. I gambled in the last second, we missed some open shots that were the part of our game plan,” said with honesty the Dragons’ captain.