Woods fires DCU to treble
Women's National Cup Final: DCU Mercy 72 Glanmire 71
Sarah Woods edged DCU Mercy to victory at the National Basketball Arena last night, completing her club's Cup treble.
The Dublin side, having already won the U-18 and U-20 Cup titles, added a third thanks to Woods' 21 points - which helped DCU Mercy secure their first Women's National Cup in seven years.
The lead changed hands 12 times over the 40 minutes, with the Dubliners edging clear in the dying minutes.
Ashley Primm's three-point attempt on the buzzer would have given Glanmire their fifth Cup title in a row and the story could have been different.
"I thought that the game was level and then they all started shouting and screaming and I looked up at the board and realised we had won. I had been planning the next play, telling the players where to go," winning coach Mark Ingle said.
That kind of intensity was there right from tip-off, as DCU took a 19-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Woods, Tiffany Corselli, Alex Masaquel and Rachel Huijsdens were all hugely instrumental in the victory, and it was the defensive intensity of all three Mercy teams this weekend that was truly the hallmark of their displays.
Glanmire served up their own magic, with Claire Rockall and Primm lighting the fuse at the end of the second quarter, before a bomb went off when Casey Grace drained a 20-footer for her first basket of the game.
It capped a 13-0 run and gave them a 37-35 lead at half time.
Mark Ingle had 10 minutes to let the smoke clear and DCU went back to work in the third, but Glanmire's lead was still 59-54 heading into the fourth after Adily Martucci chipped in a seven-point quarter, while Dwyer locked up her double-double.
DCU Mercy were behind twice in the last five minutes and it was U-20 captain Aoife Maguire who got the vital baskets to swing momentum.