UL Huskies will be back to defend the Women’s SuperLeague Cup they won last year was they easily saw off the challenge of WIT Wildcats 85-46 in the Neptune Stadium on Saturday.
There was a frenetic start to the game as both teams came out firing, Huksies getting the slightly better start up eight to six after the early exchanges.
Huskies are not used to letting teams hang around however and a major spurt by Rachel Vanderwal, who would finish the first quarter with eight points and good offensive rebounding from Aoife McDermott pushed the Limerick ladies out in front.
Smelling blood early, Rachel Clancy punished Wildcats collapsing defence with two long range efforts and despite a battling first quarter, WIT found themselves trailing 24 to 11 going into the second.
All the reasons for UL’s historic 45 game win-streak that was only recently stopped were in full view throughout the second period. Driven on by Vanderwal pushing the point, their inside players ran the floor with incredible speed and hunger, regularly getting to the basket before Wildcats for easy points in transition.
Only Terran Condrey for Wildcats seemed on form as while she struggled with a poor shooting percentage in the first half she did display some superb incisive passing against the UL zone which her teammates were unlucky not to convert.
All told, the score was 54 to 16 when the half time buzzer finally sounded and in truth the game was over a contest.
Such is the depth in talent within the UL side however, there was not let up in the performance as players must inevitably have been thinking about securing court time in the final. Continuing to press home their advantage in the second half Huskies would rack up another 31 second half points.
The final score was a somewhat deflating 85 to 46 domination from Huskies that served definite notice they are intent on defending the crown won last January.
UL Huskies 85 (54) (R Vanderwal 22,S McGorry 16, R Clancy 13) WIT Wildcats 46 (16) (N Mullaly 25, T Condrey