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Welham stars as Ipswich start season with huge win over Oxford

Harriet Welham led Ipswich to a huge win in their first league game, scoring 28 points and adding 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Harriet Welham led Ipswich to a huge win in their first league game, scoring 28 points and adding 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

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WNBL Division One

Ipswich 103

Oxford Brookes 37

Ipswich opened their WNBL season in emphatic fashion on Saturday, beating Oxford Brookes by a staggering 103-37 margin.

Ipsiwch captain Amy Linton hit five three-pointers against Oxford. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAIpsiwch captain Amy Linton hit five three-pointers against Oxford. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

The newly-promoted home side opened things up with back-to-back three pointers from captain Amy Linton, before a 7-0 run from the visitors had everyone inside Copleston anticipating a close encounter.

However, the Ipswich team simply changed gear and went on a phenomenal 29-0 run, holding their opponents scoreless for the rest of the quarter, finishing the period 35-7 up, with Oxford seemingly not know what had hit them.

Linton continued her hot start while National Player of the Year Harriet Welham was as unstoppable as ever.

A barrage of three pointers continued in the second quarter, with Danni Cazey, Charlotte Redhead and Cameron Taylor-Willis all connecting from distance while GB international Esther Little was dominating the boards and leading the Ipswich break.

The Suffolk side didn’t let up as they extended their lead, winning the second quarter 24-11. Ipswich coach Nick Drane was able to use all 11 of his available players by half-time, giving senior debuts to youngsters Phoebe Colton and Kenzie Day, while Nicole Aston and Ines Bowman-Boyles also played key roles off the bench.

The third quarter saw Ipswich further dominate, although there was the inevitable drop off in intensity as Drane heavily rotated his bench. Ella Pearson showed her vast improvement over the summer while Little, Linton, Welham Taylor-Willis and Cazey continued to run riot until the final buzzer.

Ipswich were led, as they so often are, by Welham’s 28 points. The dynamic guard added 12 rebounds and 10 assists to notch the team’s first triple double of the season.

Linton connected on five three pointers on her way to 17 points while Taylor-Willis recorded 16 points and five rebounds. Little’s eight points and nine assists were accompanied by an eye-popping 33 rebounds, a team record.

Esther Little set a club record with an incredible 33 rebounds against Oxford. Picture: PAVEL KRICKAEsther Little set a club record with an incredible 33 rebounds against Oxford. Picture: PAVEL KRICKA

Ipswich have their first road trip of the season on Saturday, as they travel to Solent Kestrels.

Motorists are being advised by Suffolk police to expect delays across the county’s roads on two separate occasions during the festive period.

A school is set to create a new teaching block to help it meet a growing demand for pupil places.

Detectives investigating reports of an attack outside an Ipswich restaurant have arrested two people.

The prime minister might have won a confidence vote but, asks political editor RICHARD PORRITT, what now for her leadership, Brexit and the country?

Theresa May has won the confidence vote on her leadership of the Conservatives – but has promised MPs she will not lead the party into the next General Election.

A powerhouse supermum from Melton has been crowned the World’s Strongest Woman – having only taken up the sport three-and-a-half years ago.

The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich is set for a radical makeover after planning permission was approved for the development of the old borough council site and spiral carpark.

The step-sister of Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens held his hand as he struggled to breathe following a knife attack near his father’s home, a court heard.

Police calling on the public for help locating a 51-year-old man from Ipswich.

Forecasters are warning Suffolk and north Essex could see a sprinkling of sleet over the next few days – as overnight temperatures look set to plummet.

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