Match Report:
Riders Women 63 Barking Abbey Crusaders 51

Category: Match Report
Author: Leicester Riders
Date: 18th October, 2014
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1/4 2/4 3/4 Total
Riders 8 24 42 63
Crusaders 18 34 43 51
Stat Comparison Riders Crusaders
Points 63 51
FG Made/Attempted 23-58 17-70
3P Made/Attempted 3-16 6-17
3P% 19% 35%
FT Made/Attempted 14-17 11-16
FT% 82% 69%
Rebounds 48 43
Turnovers 17 14
Individual Leaders
Scoring Totals
Riders - M.Bratka 25
Crusaders - D.Naydenova 17
Riders - G.Jones 8
Crusaders - S.Wilkinson 7
Riders - G.Jones 5
Crusaders - D.Naydenova 4
Riders - G.Jones 2
Crusaders - D.Naydenova 3
Riders - M.Bratka 1
Crusaders - S.Russell 2

Difficult start of the game for Leicester Riders squad after Barking Abbey opened the game with quick 3-points shot. Although Maaja Bratka continued her good performance, Riders could not get the things under control offensively. Riders’ women started the second quarter with 10 points deficit (8-18) and remained it until halftime (24-34).

However, Riders weren’t looking to give up just yet and they gave their best for a great comeback. Good team performance especially under the basket by the Estonian sisters Maaja and Maia Bratka returned the team back to life. Riders scored 18 points whilst Barking Abbey was able to add only 9 to their account. In the last ten minutes Riders played consistently in offense and defense and grabbed the win (63-51).

Maaja Bratka scored a team-high 25 points and 8 rebounds for Leicester Riders and Georgia Jones added 15 points. The Bulgarian Diana Naydenova-Goryanova paced Barking Abbey with 17 points whilst Wilkinson added 11.

Head Coach Matthew Harber said after the game:

“I thought Barking did a great job in the first half and really had us in handcuffs with their defensive coverage in the half court. We could’ve easily crumbled in the third, but we showed a lot of character in the second half and we managed to make a couple of adjustments that made better use of our personnel.

I thought Nat was great defensively and allowed us to throw some different options at Diana Naydenova-Goryanova – who was outstanding in the first half. Maaja and Georgia found form at the right time and demonstrated a real class down the stretch.”

Next Sunday Leicester Riders Women’s team take on  their first England Basketball National Cup game.

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