Banner image

Women’s Report: Bristol Flyers 69-57 Birmingham Elite

Bristol Flyers Women continued their strong start to the season with a 12 point victory over Birmingham Elite.


WHAT HAPPENED

Birmingham’s Lucy Buxton opened the scoring, and immediately after Flo Ward threw a downcourt pass to Maialen Zilbeti for the Flyers’ first points of the game. The Flyers then took advantage of some sloppy ball handling and sluggish play from Birmingham and went to an early ten-point lead.

Hannah Wallace intercepted a pass and made the subsequent basket, but the Flyers’ grip on the game started to loosen. Good looks from Gemma Salmon bridged the gap for Birmingham, but the Flyers were able to finish the first quarter up by three.

The Flyers displayed great transitional play, ball movement and team communication into the second quarter, with Christina Bigica and Zilbeti adding the most to the scoreline. As the quarter went on, Birmingham started to reduce the gap and a jump shot from Jessica Cooper made it a three-point game in the final minute of the half.

Image credit - Billy East

Liisa Juul lifted her team with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to close out the half, which also put the Flyers ahead 37-31.

After a heated, back-and-forth start to the second half, the Flyers’ defensive pressure saw Birmingham make too many mistakes, and Bristol started to take advantage on the offensive end. 

Birmingham changed their defensive strategy – placing their backcourt duo under the basket – which saw the Flyers’ chances limited late in the quarter. Rebecca Brindley ended the period with a three for Birmingham, but the Flyers were still ahead 54 points to 47.

Birmingham opened the fourth with six unanswered points, which made it a one-point game. A three from Wallace gave the Flyers some breathing room, and Bigica opened the gap more with a layup.

A three from Zilbeti late in the quarter gave the Flyers back their double-digit lead, and added another layup with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Zilbeti finished as the game’s top scorer with 22 points, followed by Bigica who had 20.

Birmingham picked up a few baskets at the end of the game, but it did nothing to effect the outcome

The team can next be seen in action in their Cup quarter-final matchup against Northamptonshire Titans on October 28th at Bristol Metropolitan Academy.

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.

Latest News

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 81-82 Surrey Scorchers

Game Recap » Bristol Flyers 81-82 Surrey Scorchers

Posted: Saturday, October 23rd 2021

ITEC Game Preview » Surrey Scorchers (H)

ITEC Game Preview » Surrey Scorchers (H)

Posted: Friday, October 22nd 2021

Game Recap » Plymouth City Patriots 69-82 Bristol Flyers

Game Recap » Plymouth City Patriots 69-82 Bristol Flyers

Posted: Wednesday, October 20th 2021

Jake Notice returns to Bristol Flyers

Jake Notice returns to Bristol Flyers

Posted: Tuesday, October 19th 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Vacancy: Academy Administrator
Rugby icon

Vacancy: Academy Administrator

Bristol Bears seeks an Academy Administrator responsible for overall administration and coordination of the Bristol Bears Academy programmes.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Rugby

City Women set to host open training session
Football icon

City Women set to host open training session

Everything you need to know ahead of Bristol City Women’s open training session this afternoon (Wednesday, 1pm) at the Robins High Performance Centre.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Football

Number Crunch: Pluck of the Irish
Rugby icon

Number Crunch: Pluck of the Irish

All of the key player, team and form statistics ahead of Saturday's round seven Gallagher Premiership clash at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th 2021 • Rugby

Valuable experience for young Robins - Hines
Football icon

Valuable experience for young Robins - Hines

City U23s were beaten 2-0 by QPR at Ashton Gate but coach Ali Hines stressed they would learn from the defeat.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26th 2021 • Football

📝 Report: Bristol City Under-23s 0-2 QPR Under-23s
Football icon

📝 Report: Bristol City Under-23s 0-2 QPR Under-23s

City Under-23s fell to a 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Ashton Gate, with two goals from George Thomas proving the difference between the sides.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26th 2021 • Football