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Ipswich Women make it 18 straight wins by crushing Worcester Wolves

PUBLISHED: 14:05 19 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:05 19 March 2018

Point guard Ashleigh Pink had a great game for Ipswich against Worcester. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Point guard Ashleigh Pink had a great game for Ipswich against Worcester. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Pavel.Kricka@btinternet.com

NBL Division Two

Worcester Wolves 31

Ipswich 88

Ipswich moved to 18 straight wins in all competitions this season, and 13-0 in the National League as they put on a defensive clinic against a talented Worcester Wolves team, writes William Russell.

Harriet Welham scored 35 points for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAHarriet Welham scored 35 points for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Last time these two teams played, Ipswich won by 40 points, but in doing so they gave up a season high 74 points to their opponents – something neither the coaching staff or players were happy about.

That was rectified on Saturday with the team putting together their best defensive performance of the season, holding a good team to a lowly 31 points.

Worcester were not able to get into any kind of rhythm due to Ipswich’s intense full court defence and size and length in the half court.

Maya Price would help herself to nine blocked shots in the game, five of those coming in the second quarter as Ipswich won the quarter 23-5, taking a 39-16 lead into the interval.

Maya Price had a great game for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAMaya Price had a great game for Ipswich. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

As the game became more heated after the break both team began to collect more fouls – however, Ipswich would not allow their older opponents to win the physical battle and as Harriet Welham found her shooting touch, Ipswich again extended their lead to 58-26.

The fourth quarter saw the Suffolk side show off their ruthless streak. Ashleigh Pink and Danni Cazey both connected from range while Esther Little and Amy Linton made key plays at both ends of the floor.

15-year-old Cameron Taylor-Willis and 16-year-old Ines Bowman-Boyles, as well as Jess Baker, all made key contributions off the bench and Ipswich ran out comprehensive winners, finishing the game 88-31.

Welham led the way with another 35 point haul while Price added 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks. Pink was one assist shy of a triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Ipswich round off their regular season with a home double-header this weekend as they aim to complete an undefeated regular season to go with their National Cup and League Championships.

They face league runners up Derbyshire Gems on Saturday at 1pm and on Sunday they host Northamptonshire Titans at 3pm. Both games are at Copleston Sports Centre.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

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