UL were crowned Women’s SuperLeague National Cup champions for 2012 after ruthlessly dethroning reigning champions DCU Mercy 64-27 at the National Basketball Arena.
December 2010 was the last time Weldon’s side tasted defeat and his side were in no mood to relinquish that tremendous record here, the Limerick outfit dismantling their opponents in clinical fashion and deservedly emerging victorious.
UL managed to register first through Louise Galvin and Rachel Vanderwal. DCU quelled UL’s considerable attacking threat in the early exchanges, but were themselves guilty of some glaring misses under their opponent’s basket.
Lindsay Peat showed her mettle with seconds remaining in the quarter, hitting three for her side after a patient build-up. The first quarter ended with UL leading 10-7.
UL extended their lead early in the second quarter thanks to some intricate work from Rachel Vanderwal and Louise Galvin and were in command at half-time, Miriam Liston hitting a huge three for her side with seconds to go to give UL a 23-13 lead.
DCU needed some words of inspiration from Head Coach Mark Ingle at half time, and came out for the third quarter with renewed vigour.
Nonetheless, James Weldon’s outfit are adept at absorbing pressure and Michelle Fahy stretched the UL lead to 14 mid-way through the quarter.
DCU were becoming increasingly frustrated as the clock wore down, their repeated attempts to get back into the game foundering due to a stellar defensive effort from UL.
The final quarter was something of a foregone conclusion, with James Weldon’s side displaying too much focus and nous for the eventual outcome to ever be in question.
UL are undoubtedly the best side in the country, and this decisive 28th victory of an incredible unbeaten run saw them deservedly crowned National Cup champions for 2012, with a convincing final score-line of 64-27.
UL coach James Weldon said: “Those girls deserve every bit of praise you could give them. The effort and commitment they have shown over the last few years has been incredible.
“We were a little insulted that some people said we were not a good team because we hadn’t won a cup. It’s great to have done it now.”