Wits Lady Bucks are on a winning streak in ICSL

The Wits Lady Bucks suffered a 59-34 defeat at  the hands of the Phoenix Flames in their second meet for the Inner City Super League (ICSL) on Saturday, March 14 at the UJ Soweto Sports Hall.

The winning shot of two points was taken by Phoenix Flames shooting guard Regina Shumbayawonda.

The Wits Lady Bucks won against the Flames earlier this week and according to ICSL standings, the Bucks are in second position in the league.

The silence in the UJ Soweto Sports Hall was broken by the screeching of sneakers on the floor as both teams approached with intense guarding from their post-players with nine of the twelve rotating Phoenix players incurring 19 fouls for the match resulting in 12 penalty shots.

Wits hooped nine points with the penalty shots.

Lady Bucks captain Nametso Malatsi said to Wits Vuvuzela that this was a learning curve for the team as they lost numbers at the end of 2019. “We’re technically the only seniors left and we are also still trying to learn,” Malatsi said.

The teams tied the second quarter with the score at 12 points, however the Flames made a 22-point comeback in the third quarter with shooting guard, Fortunate Bosega, scoring seven of the total.

Point-guard, Ipeleng Ragele, was a standout player for the Lady Bucks as she made the highest number of hoops for Wits which totaled 13 points.

Ragele played resiliently to the end in spite of the probable outcome, hooping six of the eight points scored for Wits, in the last quarter of gameplay.

The Phoenix Flames scored 16 points in the final quarter, which gave them the victory over the Lady Bucks.

Phoenix Flames manager, Charmaine Amoda, said to Wits Vuvuzela, “It would be our three-peat if we win the league so it’s important for us just to come and participate and just make sure that we make an effort to try and get it for the third time”.

Wits Lady Bucks plays Wits Sport in an evening match on March 25 at Wits in Hall 29. It would be a great win for the Lady Bucks as Wits Basketball representative Tshiamo Ngakane said to Wits Vuvuzela, “Doing well in ICSL means you’re one of the best teams in the province period and not just in the university space with both clubs and university teams taking part.”

FEATURED IMAGE: Wits Lady Bucks Ipeleng Ragele dribbling the ball to  defend against Fortunate Bosega of the Phoenix Flames. Photo: Leah Wilson. 


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