Maxol WIT Wildcats made it back-to-back wins for the first time in 18 months to go to third place in the Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier League.
Twenty five points from WIT student Helena Rohan ensured a 76-69 win over Courtyard Liffey Celtics.
“They’re a quick team, they run the fast break very well and they’re aggressive in the one-on-one,” said losing Head Coach Jordi Juste.
Pyrobel Killester responded to calls from Head Coach Karl Kilbride for improved offence with a 29-point opening quarter and an 88-78 win over Portlaoise Panthers.
“We wanted to get off to a hot start,” said Kilbride, “but Portlaoise brought in Claire Melia who had one of the best games I’ve ever seen from a 16-year-old. She did everything she wanted to do inside.”
The young Ireland international was making her Premier League debut and finished with 21 points.
In the Men’s Premier League, Templeogue survived a late comeback from GCD Swords Thunder to keep their unbeaten run intact.
With two minutes left, the league leaders were seven points clear but GCD Swords Thunder missed a shot to win it at the buzzer.
“It’s great to be put under that kind of pressure,” said Templeogue’s Conor Grace. “We knew Thunder would never be out of it.”
Belfast Star got off the mark with an 82-71 road win at UL Eagles while DCU Saints remain bottom of the league after a 83-59 defeat at Pyrobel Killester.
Women’s Premier League: Meteors 77 UL Huskies 58; Pyrobel Killester 88 Portlaoise Panthers 78; Maxol WIT Wildcats 76 Courtyard Liffey Celtics 69; DCU Mercy 68 Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 61.
Men’s Premier League: Pyrobel Killester 83 DCU Saints 59; Templeogue BC 8, GCD Swords Thunder 80; UL Eagles 71 Belfast Star 82; Eanna BC 40 SSE Airtricity Moycullen 80; UCD Marian 76 C&S UCC Demons 92.