Welham breaks Ipswich record in defeat
- Credit: Archant
WNBL Division One Ipswich 83 Anglia Ruskin 93 Ipswich welcomed the reigning WNBL D1 Champions to Copleston, and both teams entertained the crowd with a thrilling encounter.
The visitors, who have only tasted defeat once this season in all competitions, came into the game high on confidence, while Ipswich had lost back-to-back games on the road.
Ipswich’s fast pace caused ARU no end of problems throughout the game but ultimately the Suffolk side’s foul trouble, combined with ARU’s shooting from deep in the fourth quarter, won the visitors the game.
For Ipswich, Harriet Welham, still not 100% fit after a nasty knee injury, poured in 38 points, including a senior club record nine three-pointers on her way to what would have been perhaps the game of her life had the team won.
And 14-year-old Susannah Rafiu made her long awaited senior debut, making an instant impact before very sadly picking up an injury that could see her out for some time.
You may also want to watch:
The loss moves Ipswich to a 3-4 record in the league, now needing to win on the road this Saturday at Southwark Pride to take a .500 record into the Christmas break.
Although outside of the top two of Bristol Flyers and Anglia Ruskin, the chasing pack seem to all be dropping games to each other, meaning if Ipswich can string a run of wins together, a top four finish shouldn’t be out of the question.
- 1 The Walk in Ipswich town centre cordoned off by police
- 2 Four men arrested after man dies at Felixstowe lorry park
- 3 Ipswich in shock after waterfront sexual assault
- 4 Woman sexually assaulted near Ipswich Waterfront
- 5 'We don't want them here' - Work continues to make Maple Park safer
- 6 Felixstowe's mayor offers reassurance following lorry park death arrests
- 7 'I will miss her enormously' - husband's tribute to NHS hero Carol
- 8 The places with the highest and lowest levels of Covid in Suffolk
- 9 Jailed in Suffolk: J Block gang members and man who attacked train station staff
- 10 'Devious' Ipswich doctor jailed for sending fake texts to flatmate
“We are due some luck” said head coach Nick Drane after the game. “That’s not me making excuses, we will roll our sleeves up and get on with it, but we’ve had a torrid month and at some point we are due things to swing back in our favour.
“I thought we played our best game of the season today, there were some tough calls down the stretch, that are even more frustrating having seen them on video, and the injury to Susannah is just gutting for everyone – she’s a phenomenal talent, and someone we have all been excited to see on court at this level, and for the 15 minutes we had her she exceeded expectations.”