Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Overtime Bonus for Deirdre's Winning Team

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Overtime Bonus for Deirdre's Winning Team

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TEAM Northumbria remain on course for a unique win double after Deirdre Hayes' women's hoops stars made the 2010 EBL Final Fours.

The North East's only female top-flight basketball franchise wiped out bogey side Nottingham Wildcats with a thrilling 79-73 overtime win.

And that victory sealed a place in the play-off semifinals, where TN will tackle Welsh powerhouse UWIC Archers.

With TN's men already through to the Division Two final, hopes are high that the university clubs could be toasting two big wins at Manchester's Amaechi Centre on April 25.

After trailing throughout against Nottingham, a twopoint leveller with only seven seconds left on the clock took Hayes' team into overtime.

Nottingham scored seven quick points before TN posted 13 points without reply to win the match.

"I'm very happy and proud of my team," said Hayes.

"We took the game on board and were confident. In training we worked towards this game, changing players and working out different tactics. …

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