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Erin Hunter


Posted Saturday, October 13th 2018

Women’s Report: Ipswich 66-83 Bristol Flyers

Bristol Flyers Women brought an end to Ipswich’s 25-game win streak with a convincing win away from home.

The team had not only the Ipswich team but an incredibly vocal crowd to take on, but an impressive press break and strong defence saw the Flyers bring home the win.


Bigica secured the ball for Flyers from the tip and kicked off the scoring with an early three-pointer. Ward and Wallace followed to bring the score to 0-7 in the opening two minutes.

Cazey brought Ipswich their first points of the game, which sparked a 6-0 run to close the gap to just one. The first quarter saw big points from both teams, with the Flyers running an impressive press break to escape the pressure from Ipswich. Bigica, Ward and Fox were all big contributors to the three point lead the Flyers kept at the end of the first quarter, finishing 29-26.

The Flyers didn’t let up in the second, with McDonald scoring a three-pointer, which was shortly followed by six straight points from Tattersall. Almost a three minute drought of points for both teams was broken by Wallace on a fast break. The Flyers started to stretch away from Ipswich, with Hunter and Fox both getting points on the board before the end of the half.

Flyers appeared to get comfortable in their lead as Juul scored a three in the first twenty seconds of the second half. Ipswich seemed to take advantage of the Flyers getting relaxed with points from Cazey and Taylor-Willis closing the gap to just six points. A final lay up from Bigica ensured the Flyers went into the final quarter with an eight point lead. Bigica finished the game with a double-double, 17 points and ten rebounds.

Image Credit Billy East

The final quarter was where the Flyers turned it up even more to cement the win. Bigica opened with a lay up and drew the foul for the and-one. A few unsuccessful shot attempts from both teams only heightened the tension. Welham scored three points to close the gap to six once again, but Juul and Zilbeti responded with six points between them.

From then on, the Flyers only extended their lead with Fox finishing the game with the final seven points from two lay ups, a jump shot and a free throw.

“It was a really good performance and a big win for us,” said head coach Gareth Till.

“We had some ideas going into the game that we were able to execute. The whole team contributed and I believe there’s a lot more to come”

“Ipswich are an excellent team. To go unbeaten all of last season with a core of young British talent is real credit to the coaching staff and club. They’ll learn from the defeat making them more dangerous this season”

You can next see Bristol Flyers Women in action when take on Birmingham Elite on Saturday, October 20th at the SGS College Arena (2.15pm).