The Newcastle women’s seconds basketball team used a balanced attack and aggressive full court press to dominate University of Huddersfield last week at the Newcastle University Sports Hall. From the starting tip to the final buzzer, the Newcastle Knights were able to substitute efficiently, showing their depth and finishing the game with an impressive score of 75-28. The victory was the seconds team’s first win of the season in the BUCS Northern 2B league.
First team veteran and seconds team head coach Noelia Cachiero-Quintas had her players in a full court press for the majority of the first half, which led to many intercepted passes. If the Huddersfield firsts were able to get the ball past Newcastle’s frenzied defence, the majority of the time they had to settle for difficult, contested shots.
"Offensively, the Knights had their way and were able to move the ball without much trouble"
Offensively, the Knights had their way and were able to move the ball without much trouble. Team members Charlotte Warren and Danielle Bensadon did damage with cuts off the ball, as both were able to slice through the defence and found open looks near the basket in between Huddersfield defenders. In addition, the Newcastle post players used her height to her advantage and tallied a handful of offense rebounds for easy put back scores. Unfortunately for the shorthanded Huddersfield squad, they were no match for the likes of Newcastle’s height and athleticism in the post position.
Despite Newcastle’s ease in their half court offense, they found the most success on the fast break. Because their defence caused so many turnovers from their opposition, the Newcastle guards were able to push the ball up the floor and pass to open players for layup after layup. After a somewhat close first quarter, the Knights burst the score wide open in the second quarter, and this comfortable cushion provided the squad with the confidence they needed to finish the job in the second half and put Huddersfield away early.
Looking forward to the remainder of their season, the seconds team has room for improvement and plenty of potential to cause an upset after the Christmas break. In order to take the next step, the Knights would benefit from slowing down when they get a steal - these ladies are some of the best when it comes to forcing turnovers and rattling their opponents, but they need to take care of the ball when they are trying to convert on a fast break.
"The seconds team have a great advantage with their post players"
In addition, the seconds team have a great advantage with their post players. Most teams in their league are lucky to have one decent post player, and the Newcastle seconds are able to boast two talented, experienced bigs down low. With that in mind, these post players need to demand the ball and they will cause some serious damage and add a few more victories in the win column to boot.
The next home match for the seconds will be on 29th November at the Newcastle University Sports Hall at 20:00. If you are in the area, be sure to head to the Sports Centre and show your support for these hardworking athletes