Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Northumbria Come under the Spell of the Mystics

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Northumbria Come under the Spell of the Mystics

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Team Northumbria Women's Basketball National League team will have to wait another week to record their first win of the season after losing 76-67 to Manchester Mystics.

North went into an early lead thanks to a three-pointer from Zoe Vickers and built on this by going on an 11-2 run and opening a 10-point lead.

Manchester fought back, trying to go inside to use their height advantage but Northumbria answered again and held a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

Manchester responded at the start of the second quarter and managed to crawl back to within three ( 43-40 ( at the end of the half.

At the start of the third quarter Manchester took their first lead since the opening minute of the game but Northumbria entered the final quarter up by five points (62-57) ( only to run out of steam as they struggled to find the basket, going nine minutes without recording a point.

Another three-pointer by Vickers was the only other basket for the home side, which closed the gap to three points ( but the visitors went to the free throw line to ensure their victory.

North then hosted Sheffield Hatters for the second time in two weeks in the second round of the National Cup ( and went down 87-52.

Two three-pointers from Zoe Vickers and Taacha Brown gave Northumbria a 6-2 lead and Vickers continued to provide the scoring punch as the home team found themselves up 11-10.

Sheffield's experience, however, began to tell as they went on a 11- 0 run but Northumbria managed to fight back and at the end of the first quarter were 23-17 down.

In the second quarter, North looked like they were going to be a handful for Sheffield as they closed to within five with two minutes left.

Sheffield changed gears and went on a 9- 2 run and held a 44-32 half-time lead. Injuries and fatigue took an early toll in the third quarter for Northumbria as they again struggled to find an offensive punch and went four minutes without scoring while Sheffield increased their lead. …

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