Anglia Ruskin University ended their 2019 league play with a commanding 82-41 victory over a depleted but gutsy Southwark Pride at the Stephen Perse Foundation on Saturday afternoon in the WNBL D1.
Anglia Ruskin started out the contest well but was matched most of the and even trailed at times to the London outfit, but in the end, ARU led at the first break 20-14. Mads Homoly, with her parents in attendance, picked up where she left off last time with her customarily intense offensive play.
Southwark, a very young side struggled to contain Homoly and the return of Jazmin Gyulai from injury who is still getting accustomed to playing in goggles following her eye injury. Mia Sarkodee-Adoo and Victoria Natufe led the way in scoring for their team, with Natufe picking up a double-double on an otherwise tough day for her team.
The second quarter saw Anglia Ruskin go on a 10-1 run to start the period and finished it with a lead 46-25 half time lead, the highlight play of the half, a three-pointer from Jazmin Gyulai.
The second half was just as one-sided as Michael Hanson-Morris rotated through his own injury affected roster, missing The General Katrin Hulme for a second straight game, whilst Southwark was without their star player Amelia Sandie, who is headed to NCAA D1 Nicholl State in 2020.
With the lead ARU had built up, they effectively managed the remainder of the contest, whilst building their lead further.
Anglia Ruskin will receive an enormous boost tomorrow in the WNBL Cup vs Derby Ladyblazers from D2 with the long-awaited return of club captain Marianna Maddaloni following her knee injury suffered 13 months ago.
Michael Hanson-Morris post-game thoughts