Six in a row keeps WIT Wildcats on top of Super League

The WIT Waterford Wildcats have won six in a row, edging Fr Mathews 74-72 on Saturday and are now the only leaders in the Super League after DCU Mercy, who had been a teammate, lost 80-77 to The Address UCC Glanmire.

The Wildcats trailed 35-34 at halftime against Fr Mathews, but a solid third quarter saw them go 59-48 ahead, before Fr Mathews retaliated in the final quarter.

Rachel Thompson had the best score for the Wildcats with 27, followed by Sinead Deegan (14) and Sarah Hickey (11). Fr Mathews’ score was led by Shannon Brady (23), Gráinne Dwyer (14) and Trish Byrne (10).

Glanmire defeated DCU Mercy 80-77 in a close game at Mardyke Arena. Irish international Claire Melia scored with 33 points, followed by Carrie Shephard (23) and Áine McKenna (10). US DCU Mercy duo Bailey Greenberg and Alarie Mayze led their attack with 26 points and 15 points respectively.

Singleton SuperValu Brunell responded to their home overtime loss to the Wildcats in the previous round, taking a Route 107-87 victory at Killester. Kwanza Murray was scorching in the basket, with 49 points, while Shannon Ryan had 32 and Irish co-captain Edel Thornton scored eight. Myah Taylor led the offensive charge for Killester with 38 points.

The match between IT Carlow Basketball and Trinity Meteors was postponed due to Covid-19, while Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics match with Garvey’s St Mary’s team was called off, after the away team failed have not traveled.

In Division 1, the Portlaoise Panthers inflicted a first loss of the season at the University of Ulster, winning 57-54 at St Mary’s Hall. The Limerick Sport Huskies earned their fourth straight victory, an 82-74 victory over the Phoenix Rockets. Limerick Celtics won 83-82 at Swords Thunder, while NUIG Mystics won 76-66 at Griffith College Templeogue. The Knights of Tipperary defeated LYIT Donegal 90-83.

In Division 1, the Limerick Sport Eagles lost their unbeaten start to the season, beaten 92-83 at home by IT Carlow Basketball.

The Killarney Cougars suffered back-to-back home losses in three days. They were beaten 88-72 by the Limerick Celtics on Thursday, and succumbed to Fr Mathews 77-59 on Saturday.

The Portlaoise Panthers defeated the Scotts Lakers Killarney 77-71.

The University of Ulster v LYIT Donegal and the Limerick Celtics v WIT Vikings have been postponed due to Covid-19.

At the National Presidents Cup, Fr Mathews won 87-76 at the Portlaoise Panthers and they now host the UCC Demons in the quarter-finals next Saturday.

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