Ipswich Women 56-63 Reading Rockets
Copleston Sports Centre
Ipswich’s Senior Women put up a valiant fight, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to their second defeat in three games as Reading Rockets came to Suffolk for an early tip on Sunday, and left with an impressive 63-56 win.
Ipswich started the game in sluggish fashion, allowing their opponents to build a steady lead through the game’s first two periods, behind some dominant inside play and solid outside shooting. Ipswich simply couldn’t make a basket, and this was reflected as they only managed twenty-five points through two periods of play, while Reading looked in great shape holding a 40-25 advantage.
The third quarter saw Ipswich, clearly fired up, come out of the changing room a different team. Their suffocating defence held Reading to just seven points in the period. However, they still found baskets of their own hard to come by, scoring only twelve of their own. That being said, Ipswich took some momentum into the final quarter having brought the game to within ten points.
Ipswich Women led tributes to Peter Kaznica prior to the Reading game on Sunday. (Photo: Pavel Kricka)
The fourth quarter was an exciting affair, with Harriet Welham putting on a show, scoring fourteen personal points in the period, including three three-pointers as she brought the team back to tie the game. However, having worked their way back into the game, Ipswich then made a series of unforced errors that allowed Reading to suddenly balloon the lead back up to nine. Ipswich battled again, bringing it back within five, but as time wound down Reading held on to take a huge win home with them.
“Reading deserve a ton of credit for the way they played today, they came here and got the job done. I can’t believe that they are in the league position they are in – they are as good as anyone in this league” said Ipswich Coach Nick Drane. Drane added “We didn’t get it going until mid-way through the third, and you just can’t do that at this level. We played the final fifteen minutes with a chip on our shoulder, but we lost the game before that”.
Ipswich remain in fourth place in the division, with a record of 8-7. With three tough games remaining, in all likelihood, Ipswich will need to win two of them to stand any chance of securing the fourth seed for the playoffs. The Suffolk side travel to Reading for the return fixture next weekend, before they travel to reigning champions Anglia Ruskin the following week, and they then round off their regular season at home to Southwark Pride on the 16th March at Copleston.
It is also worth noting that Ipswich continue to play without the services of GB Junior International, Cameron Taylor-Willis. IBC have played a total of two games all season with a full roster.