The Ipswich Basketball Club Senior Women were on the receiving end of a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Thames Valley Cavaliers on Saturday, fighting from eight points down in the fourth quarter, with the teams junior players leading the charge, only to agonisingly see their shot to win the game narrowly bounce out, before the team lost in overtime.
Travelling with an injury list good enough to make a starting line-up for a competitive division one team. Ipswich turned to their youth as Saruna Gudza and Hannah Gray both had their best games at senior level, to lead an unlikely charge that saw the team almost pull of what would have almost certainly been their beat result of the season.
TVC have now won 6 straight in D1, having beaten the likes Loughborough, Solent and now Ipswich - all traditionally heavy hitters in the top tier of the National League. With all four of those teams, as well as Anglia Ruskin making up a chasing pack fighting for second place to the runaway league leaders CoLA.
Saruna Gudza led the way with 21 points (Photo: Gerflor)
Ipswich were led by Gudza's 21, while Ava Battese added 15 and Cameron Taylor-Willis 12. Hannah Gray (currently studying her GCSE's) added 11 off the bench in an impactful contribution.
Ipswich host London Lions next Saturday as they aim to get back in the win column.
Remarkably, Saturday's loss marked the first time Ipswich have lost two games in a row since the 2018/19 season. An incredible record.