Playoff hopes diminish for Ulster Rockets

The  Ulster Rockets made the trip to Waterford on Saturday with the knowledge that a victory in the ‘sunny south-east’ would help the team’s playoff campaign. Wildcats played tremendous basketball early on with Cathy Kavanagh (21-points) and Niamh Mullaly (17-points) proving troublesome for the Rocket’s defence. Mairead McNally (22-points), captain of the Belfast-side, kept the spirits alive with some excellent long-range shooting (see highlights) and Eva McCrory (12 -points) contributed with composed finishes underneath the basket. The score was tied (55-a-piece) with a few minutes remaining in the game, thanks to some clutch shooting from Houlihan. However, Sinead Deegan (6-points), a well-seasoned point guard, sealed the win for Waterford after knocking down a pair of crucial freethrows in the final moments of the game.

The Waterford Wildcats pick up the win and the Rockets’ hope of making the playoffs has diminished as they enter the final stretch with tough games ahead against DCU, UL and Killester.



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