Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bunten Delighted as TN Give Leicester a Very Rough Ride; WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bunten Delighted as TN Give Leicester a Very Rough Ride; WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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TEAM Northumbria showed their character on the road and bounced back from a heavy 38-point loss to see off the Leicester Riders with a convincing 86-51 victory.

Heading into Sunday's match, head coach Chris Bunten and his team were fully aware of the task in hand as they faced off against a talented Riders squad which featured Women's Basketball League player of the month Maaja Bratka.

It was TN, however, who controlled the pace of the game and put on an impressive defensive display led by Fiona O'Dwyer and Kayla Mobley - both of whom combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds.

Bunten said: "We were outstanding defensively. "Our top scorer Tee (Teresa Manigrasso) did not have her best game offensively but defensively she was focused and as a team we were unstoppable.

"Kayla and Fiona both had double-doubles and it was great to see them step up to the plate when others were not doing as well offensively."

Unfortunately for Bunten and TN, victory was bittersweet. …

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