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Ulster Rockets still on course for a play-off adventure

Basketball

By David Kelly

Ulster Rockets kept their Nivea women's Superleague play-off hopes alive with a 76-60 victory over Brunell.

The Rockets had suffered a disappointing 66-63 defeat away to Waterford Wildcats on Saturday night but bounced back with their best performance of the season in Cork.

American Caroline Stewart and local woman Noleen Lennon were in outstanding form for the Rockets, hitting 22 and 15 points respectively, while Megan Houlihan chipped in with 11 and Mairead McNally 10 points.

It was just the lift that the Rockets needed after that loss to the Wildcats and coach Breda Dick was delighted, believing the display demonstrated the true potential within the squad.

Dick said: "The girls gave a great team performance against Brunell – they all raised their game and it really paid off. Caroline and Noleen were just fantastic.

"We know now that we can mix it with the very best in the league. It was a shame to just fall short against the Wildcats but this was a very encouraging performance and hopefully we can keep this standard going."

Wildcats head coach John Hayes said: "It was a tough battle and Ulster played very well. Our defence in the third quarter is what gave us the edge."

Meanwhile, Killester fell to a shock 72-67 defeat at the hands of Moycullen in the men's Nivea Superleague.

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