Ipswich Basketball Club is celebrating a dramatic victory that saw the club claim their first Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) National Cup since 2017/18.

The Suffolk side edged out a back-and-forth affair with holders Thames Valley Cavaliers 96-90 at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester on Sunday afternoon.

Ipswich were able to dig deep to secure the win and provide a fitting end to this year's competition – securing the club's second National Cup title.

The MVP award went to Harriet Welham after she led all scorers with 34, dropping fifteen points in the game's final seven minutes, to go with five assists, four rebounds and four steals.

Ipswich Star: It is the second National Cup title for IpswichIt is the second National Cup title for Ipswich (Image: Luke Simcock)

Welham was supported by Yazmin Edwards and Christabel Osarobo (both 17pts, 11reb) as Olivia Forster also dropped 17 points. 

Nick Drane, Ipswich head coach, said he was delighted to see his side secure the WNBL trophy.

He said: "We talked about rebounding and defending the paint.

"We talked about the fact that they're bigger and stronger than us and that we had to compete and if we could compete and stay out of foul trouble that we would be able to bring it home late in the game.

"[Losing last week's division one game to Thames Valley Cavaliers] did us a favour in the sense that we know that they can beat us. We're having a pretty good season in the league and I think if you start to believe all the noise I don't think it does you any favours as a team.

"We know how good Thames Valley are, so when they beat us last week it proved that we needed to be at our best to beat them here."