The GUWBC are back, with their second team having played their first BUCS game of the season last Wednesday. It was an incredibly close game but Glasgow powered through and won the away game against Edinburgh Napier University’s first team 36 points to 31 points.
The second team was only formed last year and had a shaky start losing most of their games as they were just developing into a team. However, this year they have come back stronger despite having only a few of the original players left on the squad.
So as this, relatively new, team rocked up to the Napier courts the atmosphere was tense; nerves were getting the better of most. Glasgow, therefore, began weakly. They were unable to maintain a strong defence and could not get anything past Napier in offence. The problem was lack of confidence and lack of communication. This resulted in Napier blasting past the Glasgow girls in the first quarter and finishing after ten minutes ten points up. Glasgow failed to get a single basket.
However, the next quarter saw the turnaround. Glasgow came back fighting and by using a mixture of fast breaks and effective offensive plays managed to score eight points in the first three minutes of the second quarter. After that they kept the defence strong the Napier players were still able to break through a couple of times. Glasgow University won this quarter eight points to four. The game was far closer now.
After half time the third quarter commenced. Both teams came out fighting and it was practically neck and neck. Although Glasgow again made sure the defensive play was in place Napier still broke through at several points to gain baskets. At the same time however, Glasgow pushed back and broke through the Napier defence many times to score points. Although this quarter was insanely close Glasgow still came out on top, winning it thirteen points to twelve.
This meant that Glasgow went into the last quarter behind by only five points- so victory was possible but not assured. The Glasgow girls, despite being exhausted, absolutely smashed this quarter. They did not let a single Napier player get past the defence and get a basket. They also pushed the offence harder than before managing to get five baskets in the first half of the quarter. Glasgow University went from losing the first quarter ten points to zero to winning the last quarter ten points to zero. They entered the last quarter losing by five points and left it winning by five points.
This may not be Dodgeball but it was ‘a true underdog story’. Despite losing the whole way through Glasgow came back to win the game in the last ten minutes. All the girls worked incredibly hard and played very well, for the entire game, to ensure victory. A special mention has to be made for Yana Staneva, the top point scorer, who had an amazing game.
It was a great start to the season for the GUWBC second team. Hopefully they will continue to play well in the coming matches and rally up the victories.