Ipswich Women make it 18 straight wins by crushing Worcester Wolves
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.