Saturday 16 December 2017

Taylor steals the show

UL 68 Team Hotel Montenotte 54

A polished performance from UL saw them break Montenotte's stranglehold on the league, with the reigning champions succumbing to some clinical finishing.

UL came into this one with form on their side and right from tip-off they showed signs of confidence, as Fiona Scally cut in under the board to register the first score with a sweet lay-up.

Grainne Dwyer levelled matters soon after for the Cork ladies and it was nip and tuck after that for much of the first quarter.

Aoife McDermott gave the Limerick charges a four-point lead to signal their intent before Natalie Taylor -- who represented New Zealand at the Beijing Olympics -- made a magnificent steal in her own defence before making a half- court drive to the basket to bank the two-pointer.

Taylor, the game's Most Valuable Player, sprang a mammoth three before Dwyer got in on the act to haul Cork back and make it 30-28 and all to play for heading into the second half.

It was to be the last of any real threat from the Cork side as Taylor, Rachel Vanderwal and Scally put UL firmly in control at the end.

Irish Independent

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