Year Of Women’s Basketball Event In England A Success

20 February 2007

by Leslie Anderson

A capacity crowd of 500 people witnessed the England Year of Women’s Basketball event held this past weekend.

The National Final, an All Star Game and youth events all took place as part of the festivities.

The Women’s National Trophy Final went the way of Sevenoaks Suns after a final quarter blitz (25-8).

Year of Womens Basketball Project Manager Esther Wender presents Sally Naylor with her MVP award.
Year of Womens Basketball Project Manager Esther Wender presents Sarah Naylor with her MVP award.
Harriet Yea (England U18 international) scored 13 consecutive points that finally broke the resistence of Enfield Phoenix.

The Lady Baller All Star Game went the way of England Select (87-75).

Sarah Naylor (Sheffield Hatters’) was the star of the day for England as she top-scored with 21 points and earned MVP honours.

England trailed by two after one quarter, but managed to take back the lead going into halftime (41-35). The Rest of the World tied the game by the end of the third (54-54) to set up an exciting final period.

Megan Hoffman (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Kristy Lavin (11 points) supported Naylor in the attack for England.

The Rest of the World offensive power came from Joann Overstreet (27 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals) and Stephanie Gandy (19 points and nine rebounds).

The Manchester Mystics dominance of youth basketball continued as they defended both the U16 and U18 Cup with victories against Haringey Angels (74-40) and Sevenoaks Suns (75-61) respectively.

"The day of Women's Basketball celebrating the FIBA Europe Year of Women's Basketball proved to be a great success with some high quality basketball from Under 16's, Under 18's, the Division 2 Trophy Finals and culminating in the showcase Division 1 Women's All Star Game, England Select Vs Rest of the World," said Graham Blankley, Education and Events Officer for English Basketball.

"It was pleasing to see a full venue for the event and I believe it made an excellent contribution to celebrating women's basketball in Europe.”

"I thought that the entire day of Women's Basketball at Nottingham was really well run and a  very successful event, enjoyed by many people both players and spectators," said Naylor.

"It was well promoted and hopefully raised the profile for our sport in this country."

Esther Wender, the Year of Women's Basketball Project Manager, and Radmila Turner, FIBA Europe’s newly appointed Women’s Coordinator, also made presentations during the event.


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