Basketball: Bad weekend for Barking Abbey women
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 February 2018
Barking Abbey’s women had a tough weekend with three successive defeats.
The WBBL squad could not stop Durham Palatinate picking up their first win in the division, 63-54.
Despite the return of Tereza Brantlova – who led the way with 16 points – it was not enough as Abbey were plagued by an awful second quarter where they were held to just two field goals.
Zoe Willis added 16 points for Abbey, while Loren Christie finished with 10. But Cierra Ceazer put on a show with 26 points for Durham.
“I’m fed up with saying I’m disappointed with the loss this year, but an unbelievably poor second quarter dug ourselves a hole that we couldn’t get out of,” said head coach Mark Clark.
“It’s great to have Brantlova back, shooting well, Zoe Willis was incredibly good which gave us a chance. Foul trouble was a huge issue for us.”
Abbey will look to reverse their fortunes for the return leg in Durham on Sunday (3pm).
The Division One women suffered back-to-back losses, going down 62-50 against Solent Kestrels on Saturday.
A slow start offensively left Abbey in trouble, not helped by 17 first-half turnovers, before a better second half, led by defensive pressure saw them tie the game.
But with 25 seconds left, one defensive lapse gave Solent a three-point lead and Abbey’s last-gasp attempt to send the game to overtime fell short.
“I was very proud of the team performance – they had a desire to win which has been missing of late,” said head coach Karen Burton.
“They fought for every loose ball and possession and we deserved to walk away with two points but it wasn’t the case.”
Abbey were led by 16 points from Dami Adeyinka and 12 from Sade Orija.
Sunday’s trip to Anglia Ruskin University ended in a 68-51 defeat as Abbey were plagued another poor start.
“I am happy with the fact our transition beats most teams,” added Burton. “It’s still possible for us to not finish bottom. We have to dig deep but I have been much happier with performances.”
Adeyinka led Abbey (3-15) with 22 points and they host Anglia Ruskin on Saturday (2pm).
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