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Erin Hunter

Erin Hunter writes

Posted Tuesday, November 20th 2018

Flyers Women split League and Cup doubleheader

Bristol Flyers Women split their league and cup doubleheader against Anglia Ruskin at the weekend.

Gareth Till's side earned a hard-fought 65-60 win to maintain their place at the top of WNBL Division One, before falling to their opponents in the Cup away from home just 24 hours later.


Bristol Flyers Women 65-60 Anglia Ruskin WNBL D1

Photo Credit - Billy East

Ruskin started off strong with a lay-up from Gyulay, but Cantin kicked back with an and-one play. After two three pointers for Ruskin, Wallace took one for herself, with Fox taking another one before the end of the quarter. 22-14.

Ruskin came out hard with six straight points in the second to close the gap to just four points, but Zilbeti and Bigica combined for nine points between them. Ruskin’s Palacios Gonzalez secured five points herself to bring them back within reaching distance of the Flyers going into half time, 36-29.

Straight from the half, Maddaloni came out string with two triples and a jump shot, before the Flyers got into gear. Flyers gave Ruskin an opening by getting into foul trouble, but Ruskin failed to capitalise by missing seven free throws in a row, allowing Flyers extended their lead, 58-41.

The final quarter saw a lot of fouls and free throws going to both teams, James, Bigica and Fox all adding points from foul line, but Tauva wasn’t about to give up for Ruskin with three jump shots and a three pointer to try and close the gap. The Flyers held on with a final two free throws from James to end the game 60-65.


Anglia Ruskin 81-60 Bristol Flyers Women (Cup)

Photo Credit - Billy East

After securing the win at home, the Flyers Women traveled to Cambridge to face the Anglia Ruskin once again, but failed to bring the win home.

Anglia secured the tip, but Ward scored the first points of the game with a lay-up. Both Anglia and the Flyers stayed neck-and-neck with shots coming from Gonzalez Palacios for Ruskin and Zilbeti and Bigica for the Flyers. In the last three minutes of the first half, however, Ruskin started to pull away, ending the quarter, 17-9.

Ruskin extended their lead in the second, making five three-point shots. Fox and Wallace kept the Flyers ticking over with threes of their own, but it was Ruskin who capitalised on the quarter, going into the half leading, 43-22.

In the third quarter, Ruskin continued to shoot well, but the Flyers managed to kick things up a gear. Bigica and Ward both put points on the board, but missed shots as Ruskin led 66-41.

The Flyers kept Ruskin from scoring for the first three minutes of the final quarter and Wallace put up two points with a jump shot. Ward, McDonald and Juul all managed to get steals from Ruskin, however, Flyers had left themselves too much work to do and finished the game trailing 81-60.


Bristol Flyers Women are always on the lookout for new players, coaches and volunteers.  Anybody who's interested and committed is always welcome to join the Flyers Family. Contact Flyers Women at flyerswomen@gmail.com