Maree ended DCU Mercy's unbeaten streak in the Women’s Super League with a thrilling 72-70 victory in Galway on Saturday evening.
Maree came into the game seeking redemption after losing out to DCU in the opening round of the Hula Hoops Cup, and it was a late Aine McDonagh score that ultimately gave the hosts victory in a nail-biting clash.
The eventual winners went in four down at the break, despite some good shooting by Fiona Scally. They would only break the Students' stubborn resistance in the final quarter, when Claire Rockall and Carly McClendon began to convert scores.
It was Aine McDonagh who was the hero for Maree though, as she grabbed a difficult rebound and immediately went coast-to-coast to make an and-one, and it proved to be just enough to seal the win for the Galway side.
Ambassador UCC Glanmire sent out a firm warning to all the other teams in the league on Sunday afternoon, as they were in dazzling form to see off the challenge of Pyrobel Killester, 95-75.
American Shrita Parker was the stand out for a Glanmire side that had stars all over the court, as she weaved her way through time and time again to see Glanmire storm in at half time with a 52-17 point cushion.
Despite superb three-point shooting from Killester in the second half – with Aisling McCann, Christa Reed and Rebecca Nagle all getting in on the scoring – Glanmire just had too much in the end.
Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, picking up a key road win over IT Carlow Basketball, 58-73.
Carlow had the better of the opening two quarters, with Alyssa Velles and Kaitlyn Slagus causing difficulties for the Celtics’ defense. The visitors dug deep in the third, with Kylee Smith asserting her dominance inside, while young star, Niamh Masterson hit some big scores to give Liffey a seven-point lead going into the last.
Momentum stayed with Celtics in the fourth, as they put in a big 26-point quarter to see them home to victory.
Maxol WIT Wildcats eased passed Marble City Hawks in their south east derby in Waterford on Saturday evening on scoreline of 73-43, with Jasmine Walker, Stephanie O’Shea and Debbie Ogayemi to the fore.
Elsewhere, a big second half from Fr Mathews was ultimately the difference in their Cork derby showdown with Singleton SuperValu Brunell as they ran out 64-75 point winners in the end. Shannon Brady was in flying form for Mathews and she, along with Grainne Dwyer and Chantell Alford, helped drive home the win.