Maguire lands 20-point haul to seal cup as Dubs show Rebels no Mercy
DCU Mercy 61
Team Hotel Montenotte 47
Women's Superleague Final
DCU Mercy pulled out all the stops in the final quarter to retain the Cup in a thrilling encounter at the National Basketball Arena.
Team Hotel Montenotte, Cork went into the blue riband event as the only unbeaten side in the top tier this season, but their defeat to DCU in last year's cup final gave this one something of an extra edge.
Mercy were intent on smashing any illusions of superiority that league form may have given the Leesiders, and they got off to a blistering start here with Sarah Woods blazing down the lane to assist Lindsey Peat for the opening two-pointer with an easy lay-up.
Quick points from Peat and Suzanne McGuire were countered with a terrific three from Montenotte's Amanda O'Regan.
With DCU maintaining an early effervescence, their pressing in the frontcourt saw them lead at the end of the first quarter 16-11.
Montenotte, who had already claimed a league scalp over DCU earlier in the season, started to get a foothold on things and, with Clodagh Scannell as the epicentre of industry, they slowly began to put DCU on the back foot.
O'Regan's cross-court pass found Scannell in the lane and her three-pointer helped her side to a one-point lead of 29-28 at the end of the first half.
A thrilling third quarter saw Montenotte open with another expertly-judged three-pointer from Scannell but Mercy got in on the act with Shauna O'Connor and the games Most Valuable Player, Suzanne Maguire, both shooting for the maximum as the period wore on. DCU never looked back and thereafter Maguire upped her tally to 20 points to cap a fine performance as her side saw out the game en route to a 14-point victory.