Charnwood College Riders took a 79-71 victory in overtime on Sunday against Bristol Storm.
Riders had a slow start to the game with Storm hitting multiple shots. While Riders struggled on the defensive end they managed to equally make shots on the offensive end and the first quarter finished 20-20. The Second quarter saw Storm outscore Riders 20-15, giving them a 40-35 lead heading into half time over Riders.
Riders came out in the second half looking to take back control of the game however, Storm managed to hold off Riders and held a 57-48 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Riders increased their defensive pressure and converted on the offensive end holding Storm to 8 points, which saw the game head into overtime, with the score standing at 65-65 at the end of fourth quarter. Charnwood carried their momentum from the fourth through the overtime period and pulled out a 79-71 victory over a strong Storm team.
Anna Popovic lead scoring for Riders with 13 points and also had 11 rebounds, Ruchae Walton followed with 12 points and Imogen Cook had 9. Kate McDaid also pulled down 14 rebounds.
“This was our first away game in 2017 and we knew it was not going to be an easy one. This was definitely reflected in the first half of the game, where we had a 5-point deficit at the half. The team stuck together throughout, getting some big stops and scores, which enabled us to go into overtime and redeem ourselves. Today was a true testimony of what our team is all about and the character it possesses. Regardless of the score on the board, we remained united and brought home the win!” – Ebony Horton
“We got off to a slow start and struggled all game with our shot. We managed to hold on all game then made some timely shots that gave us momentum going into overtime. We then got into a rhythm and eventually started playing like we know we can!” – Imogen Cook
“Was a slow start for us on the road, defensively we allowed too many points in the first 3 quarters. Bristol hit some tough looks and it took us the whole game to find a solution. The girls stuck in the belief of the squad and kept making adjustments, we finally found what worked and this helped us through in an overtime finish.” – Coach Krumesh
Riders will be back in action against Exeter Eagles at home on Sunday 29th January.
Q1: 20 – 20
Q2: 15 – 20
Q3: 13 – 17
Q4: 17 – 8
OT1: 14 – 6
Final Score: 79-71