Varsity 2013: Women’s Basketball Postmatch Report: University of Nottingham 51-47 Trent

14th February 2013

The University of Nottingham’s Women’s basketball team were looking for their first consecutive victory over Trent in the Varsity Series for over 7 years and there’s no doubt the brilliant crowds at the Capital FM Arena helped set the scene for a fantastic sporting spectacle.

Nottingham made a fast start, scoring within the first 30 seconds of first quarter through Bethany Stevens. But Trent didn’t let this affect them and fought back in the latter stages of the quarter to end it 12-9 with a beautiful 3 pointer basket.

Uni opened the 2nd quarter with some free-throw attempts but were not wholly successful. Reynolds did however spark the crowd to life with a deep 3 point shot and Stevens scored twice in a matter of minutes to take the score to 19-9. Uni kept scoring at will but Trent certainly responded as they brought the deficit to only 6 points by the end of the quarter with the score at 24-18.

Notts made a quick start after the first time sinking a brace of 2 pointers to extend their lead. A pattern began to emerge as Uni could only sink one of their free-throw attempts meaning their dominance over the game was not entirely reflected in the score. Trent called a Time-Out to catch their breath and break up Uni’s momentum, nevertheless with 2 seconds remaining on the clock Notts scored and the lack of noise from the Trent stands would suggest that this game was close to being over as the score sat at 35-26.

Trent needed to pick things up in the fourth quarter as they faced a 9 point deficit, and they did just that scoring 5 points in quick succession. Notts replied however and didn’t allow Trent to build upon their early momentum and finished the quarter strongly prevailing 51-47. The last period was fast and furious and the basketball was of an incredible standard enthralling the crowd until the final whistle.

AU Officer for the University of Nottingham Jonny Bell handed out the winners medals to the victorious team. Stevens and Reynolds were the outstanding players for Nottingham Uni and they handed over to the Men to follow up their success.

We spoke to Women’s captain Bethany Stevens about the result:

We also caught up with Lee English, the coach for his perspective on the game:

Rob Schofield and Simon Shah