The DMU Pitbull’s faced difficult opposition in the form of Warwick’s 1st team on Wednesday evening as they looked to put an end to a losing streak that stretches back to early 2014 in the BUCS league. Warwick, however, were looking to extend their good form of 3 games unbeaten.
Unfortunately the game started very one-sided with Warwick quickly converting a free throw and dominating in the middle with quick but controlled passing. The Pitbull’s defence was good and forced Warwick to take shots from difficult angles but not good enough to prevent them from going behind. Stephanie Aristou and Charis Stavrou saw the pitbulls score their first points of the night as Aristou found Stavrou in some space allowing her to calmly find the hoop. However, they weren’t done there with the pair at the heart of much of the Pitbull’s attacks. Despite suffering heavily defencively, the crowd that had turned out at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre were given something to cheer about as Aristou continued to dribble past the Warwick defence with ease and Stephanie Douglas and Charis Stavrou provided the remaining points for DMU as the they went into half time trailing 6 – 43.
With the game slipping out of the Pitbull’s hands and an end to their losing streak looking unlikely, the second half became more about damage limitation. Aristou was able to claim two deserved points but within seconds Warwick cancelled it out at the other end. The margin on the scoreboard continued to widen as a lapse of concentration saw a fast Warwick counter attack go almost unchallenged.
Points from Emma Middleton, Stephanie Douglas, Zahrah Patel and, of course, Charis Starvrou weren’t enough as the Pitbull’s were held to an 18 – 91 defeat by a very consistent and efficient Warwick team who deservedly find themselves top of the BUCS Women’s Midlands Basketball league with two wins from two games whilst De Montfort are sat in sixth place with a game in hand to the teams in fourth and fifth.
Final Score: Warwick 91-18 DMU