HEAD basketball coach Matthew Harber today paid tribute to the character of Loughborough Student Riders Women as they extended their unbeaten run despite a gruelling schedule.
Facing up to the physical demands of completing three games within just five days, the Riders nevertheless defeated Manchester Mystics 70-50 and followed that up with a 63-57 success over Barking Abbey.
Riders limited Manchester to just 25 points in the final three quarters and then overcame tough opposition against Barking.
Harber said: “We made some good defensive adjustments (against Manchester) that allowed us to close out the game. Barking was always going to be a tough task. To give credit to the girls, they showed a lot of toughness down the stretch and played through their fatigue. They were really composed during the late game moments.”
Jennie Rodgers led the scoring output for Loughborough with 17 points whilst Mackenzie Westcott added 12 and Gillian Baird ten.
“I thought from an individual standpoint, Jennie was outstanding for us and has been forced to lead our team during adversity and she responded very well today. I also want to comment on the quality of our bench as they have been outstanding recently and have done a great job of bringing intensity to the floor when we’ve needed it most,” Harber added.