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Report: Bristol Flyers Women 45-43 Oxford City

Bristol Flyers Women returned to the home of Bristol basketball on Saturday, hosting second placed Oxford City.

The players were keen to put last week’s defeat behind them and had to pull out all the stops to give them a fighting chance at the play-offs.

The first half, was in stark contrast to the away fixture. Neither team able to find their rhythm consistently on the offensive end, good man to man defence employed by both teams making scoring difficult. Oxford took a four-point lead at the break.

The third quarter proved to be a pivotal changing point in the game. The Flyers came out strong and played some fantastic team basketball. Winning the quarter 20 points to six.

Going into the fourth, Flyers led by ten. Oxford weren’t going to roll over and replied well, chipping away at the lead. The visitors forced the Flyers onto the free throw line in the closing stages of the game.

Leading by two, Flyers believed they had done enough with 0.5 seconds on the clock. Some confusion occurred as Liisa Juul tactically missed her free throw to allow the clock to run down for the split second and negate any time-outs or shots. The game was stopped incorrectly allowing Oxford to call a time-out and advance the ball up the court. With 0.5 to find a shot, Flyers read the lob play and were able to see out the win. 45 to 43.

Coach Till applauded his teams resolve: “The girls were fantastic today, they battled really hard and played some great team defence. Vicky Simm (pictured) was superb on the boards, every player contributed.

" It was an important win and keeps us close to the top three teams. Although it’s a big result, one good win doesn’t define our season, we’re thinking bigger as team and club. We need to strive to become more consistent"

Flyers have next weekend off and will be preparing hard for the title challenging Solent Suns on Saturday, February 13th.

Game Stats

Qtr 1: 7 to 14

Qtr 2: 9 to 6

Qtr 3: 20 to 6

Qtr 4: 9 to 17

 

Watkins 12

Juul 12

Albuquerque 10

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