LSBU Lady Topcats 73 – 31 Sussex Thunder
Top scorers: Lwazi 17, Witter 13, Maignomo 11 [Game Stats]
The Lady Topcats continue their perfect start to the season with a rout of Sussex Thunder on Sunday 20th October at Brixton Recreation Centre in their first league game of the 2013/14 campaign.
The game started slow with the Lady Topcats taking an early lead 11-6 from some well worked offensive sets. Fatumah Lwazi gave a nice spark off the bench giving the home team a lead of 15-7 after one quarter. The second quarter saw the Topcats come out with more energy on the defensive end extending the score line to 20-8 with Josephine Maignomo scoring well inside. A quick 5 points from Stephanie Laguda gave the Lady Topcats a half time lead of 32-14.
The third quarter saw the visiting Thunder team switch to a zone defence allowing for the Topcats to show their offensive versatility with both Sevian Witter and Ishara Bilson-Graham knocking down a pair of three pointers each. On the defensive end, the home team really got after it only conceding four points the entire quarter. The lead at now rocketed to 52-18.
The final quarter saw the Topcats pile on the points in a variety of ways with their highest scoring quarter showing the depth and stamina of the team. Thunder started to also find some range fighting to the end but it was never going to be enough where the Lady Topcats ran out comfortable winners 73-31.
Fatumah Lwazi was the top scorer with 17 points in limited minutes, with co-captain Josephine Maignomo one rebound shy of a double double recording 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Shooting Guard, Sevian Witter had her best game of the season tallying 13 points knocking down three from behind the arc and was happy with how the game went.
“Offensively I had more confidence and we’re coming together as a team. As long as we continue supporting each other and stay positive, we will get the right results”
The day of games at The Rec also saw the Under 18 Men win convincingly 69-47 versus London Warriors as well as the Men’s getting the narrow win vs Eastside 65-64. The Lady Topcats have a double header next weekend, where they are away on Saturday to Ipswich in the League and the Sussex Thunder will be back again to try and overturn today’s result in the 2nd round of the National Cup on Sunday 27th October at Brixton Rec, tip off 2pm.
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