March 29, 2019, by braoc4

#NottsVarsity 2019 | Women’s Basketball Preview

Tonight, the University of Nottingham Women’s Basketball will look to end their season on a high with what really is a sporting spectacle for all involved as they face Nottingham Trent University in this year’s Basketball Varsity 2019 at the Motorpoint Arena.

UoN just lost out on a BUCS Trophy Gold at BUCS Big Wednesday as they were defeated 77-49 by Bournemouth University. However, this is only the teams second defeat of the season as they won the Midlands 1A league title by 6 points having only lost one league game all season. After the heartbreak on BUCS Big Wednesday, UoN will be even more determined to end their season on a high.

NTU on the other hand, have not quite enjoyed the success of UoN in their BUCS league campaign. They finished bottom of the BUCS Northern Premier League having lost all of their games and will face UoN in a promotion/relegation play off to see who will go up and who will go down. NTU won last year’s varsity 53-48 in a very tense encounter, however, having lost all their games this season the momentum has definitely shifted to UoN. Ahead of the big event UoN Sport spoke with Women’s Basketball President Vera Khanolkar and Women’s Basketball Scholar Fran Musson to gather their thoughts on tonight’s Varsity Fixture.

When asked about the season so far Fran said:

“It’s definitely not all been highs this whilst we have won most of our games, we lost a game against Worchester who were second from bottom of the league at the time, it was our first game back after Christmas and we lacked some cohesion, but that turned into a high afterwards as it kicked us into gear and spurred us on for the rest of the season.”

The UoN Performance Sport Scholar was feeling positive going into the 2019 Varsity clash

”Trent have lost all their games and we have won most of our, it will definitely be a close game. I played in last year’s fixture, where we lost by 5 points, the difference this year is that we will have the momentum going into it, last year we lost to them a week before so momentum and morale within the squad where low. I don’t want to jinx it but I like to think we have the upper hand, at half time it will be equal but we will pull away in the second half but it will definitely be a marginal win, but a win it will be.”

Women’s Basketball President Vera Khanolkar outlined what it would mean to her to win this year’s Varsity fixture:

“To win varsity this year, it would be the icing on the cake, it would be a nice moral win. We have worked so hard all year AND we don’t usually play in front of a big crowd so it would be great to play in front of a crowd and make UoN proud. People should come and watch for the atmosphere alone, its doing something fun with your friends and something different in a positive environment. Basketball, is quick, easy to follow and very exciting”

So the girls are feeling positive for a UoN win, so get down to the Motorpoint Arena and show your colours!

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