Mystics reach WBBL Trophy Semi-Final after comfortably beating the Eagles

WBBL Trophy Quarter Final
Newcastle Eagles 53-76 Manchester Met Mystics (17-21, 28-38, 43-54, 53-76)
(Eagles: A.Gorrell – 19, M.McVicar – 10, A.Lowe – 9; Mystics: E.Horton – 19, G.Jones – 15, S.Song – 11)

The Manchester Met Mystics put on a perfect performance on defence and offence this evening, as they beat the Newcastle Eagles by 23 points to reach the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals.

The Eagles led 6-2 two minutes into the first quarter, but after two consecutive shots made by the Mystics to tie the game, the home side did not lead again throughout the entire game as the visitors pulled away.

Ebony Horton started off the bench for the Mystics, but that did not stop her from dropping a joint game high of 19, while the visitors’ captain Georgia Jones managed 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in a dominating performance which definitely inspired her team to victory.

Sophia Song and Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee also reached double-figures for scoring, dropping 11 and 10 points respectively and getting five rebounds each, while Hannah Shaw’s eight points and seven rebounds also proved crucial in helping the Mystics control the game.

Eagles forward Alison Gornell was the other player to reach 19 points, and she also put up five rebounds and five assists for her team, while Maddy McVicar also reached double figures as she dropped 10 and added four rebounds and three assists.

Orieoma Chukwu-Etu managed a game-high for rebounding with 12 to accompany her six points on her stat-line, with Deborah Rodriguez Perez the closest Eagle to reaching that tally of rebounds, managing six.