Varsity 2013: Women’s Basketball Prematch Report

9th February 2013

University of Nottingham vs Nottingham Trent

5.30pm TO Capital FM Arena 11/2/2013

This Monday, 11th February, sees the second event of the 2013 charity Varsity series as basketball takes pride of place at the Capital FM Arena for the first time.

Last year the Women’s Varsity basketball match took place on Varsity Super Wednesday at Clifton Campus, with the Varsity score level at 3-3 at the time. It was a closely contested match between the teams. University of Nottingham took an early lead in the first quarter and despite a Trent fight back in the last 2 quarters which included a last minute buzzer beater, the University of Nottingham held on to win the match 61-54.

The University of Nottingham are certainly no strangers to winning; having won all of their matches since the start of the academic year. In addition to two trophy victories, the ladies top the Midlands 1A table with 21 points, six points clear of 2nd placed Birmingham with a game-in-hand. UoN appear to be coming into Varsity at the right time. Their 77-21 win away at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday was the team’s biggest win of the season so far – which is no mean feat considering they have now notched up a goal difference of 195.
Their opponents’ form could scarcely be any more different. Trent’s ladies have lost all 9 league games so far, with an 85-16 defeat in Northumbria being the most recent heavy reversal to contribute to their -640 goal difference. Nobody will be fooled by the teams’ opposing fortunes, however. Trent’s team is a league above the UoN team after winning promotion from the Midlands 1A league last season.

The Women’s Basketball team here at the University of Nottingham have not always dominated their Trent counterparts. The years 2010 and 2011 saw 54-49 and 75-58 losses respectively and the girls certainly did a fantastic job in 2012 to stop the rot. Historically the women’s basketball has been one of the most fiercely contested fixtures of all Varsity events and has seen some incredibly close contests. Although 2010 saw Trent pick up a resounding 75-58 victory, the previous year was unbelievably close – with only 8 points between Trent and the eventual winners UoN. The girls here at the University of Nottingham will be hoping to put together their first consecutive wins over Trent in over 7 years but no doubt the ladies from Trent will have revenge in their sights. It all comes down to this Monday and who can handle the pressure of the Capital FM Arena to come out on top!

Rob Schofield, Patrick Hildred, Simon Shah & James Constantine