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Report: Bristol Flyers Women 66-41 Nottingham University

Bristol Flyers Women confidently and succinctly dispatched Nottingham University, coached by former WNBA player Andrea Congreaves at the weekend.


WHAT HAPPENED

Flyers showed good on-court awareness and defence that saw them go on a nine-point run early on. Nottingham’s Somone broke this run with a jump shot to make the score line 11-4. Nottingham were quick to mobilise on defence, which helped them to monopolise play, but did not result in many points.

A highlight moment saw Sandra Yebdri find Fiona Fox, who in turn found Becky Cantin for a floating two. Following which, too many incomplete passes and a high level of defence led to a long scoring drought. Somone ended the inactivity at the basket, to which Mai Ansoain Zilbeti responded with a three-point shot just as the shot clock expired. Emily Short followed this with a three of her own that put the Flyers up 19-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Flyers had to play tough interior defence to combat Nottingham, but were spared by too many mistakes from their opponents. Both teams utilised their players well here, with everyone on the floor put in the right position to optimise their individual skills. 

Alexandra Sokolova sank a tough basket for the Flyers four-and-a-half minutes in. Hannah Till followed this up with a floating shot in the paint, after which Rachel Byrne went on a four-point run for Nottingham, which put their score up to double-digits for the first time in the game.

A jump-shot from Molly James turned out to be the last points in the quarter after Hannah Wallace missed the final attempt before the half-time buzzer, despite which the Flyers still went to the locker room ahead 30 points to 12.

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“It’s a good comeback from last week against Reading, where we weren’t very good at all. We were probably better than the score line shows, but no matter what we are always looking for things we can improve on.”

Gareth Till

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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 


About the contributor

Written by Jack Ford. A recent member of the Flyers Family, Jack has been volunteering with Bristol Flyers writing game reports on Flyers Women for the website and game day programme.

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