DCU Mercy have secured the top title in women’s basketball after winning the 2020 Super League Championship against Galway’s Maree basketball team 81-58 on March 1st.
Early into the first half, Maree took over the game, but DCU fought back bringing the score to a 31-31 draw by half time. A thrilling last quarter saw DCU push for the lead. Top scorers from the game included Meredith Burkhall with 32 points, captain Sarah Woods with 21 points and Rachel Hujidens with 12 points.
The championship trophy marks a fitting end to DCU Mercy’s successful year, having finished with a record of 16 wins and two losses. The team is a mixture of club players and DCU students and they have received great support at home throughout the year.
“Every game in DCU has been a standout moment,” Head Coach Mark Ingle told The College View. “We’re unbeaten at home”.
The successful year for DCU Mercy has, in no small part, been helped by the college backing the master’s basketball scholarships, as well as support from DCU President Brian MacCraith, Director of Sport James Galvin, and DCU Sport’s Ken Robinson. The scholarships, under the Sport Changes Life Foundation, allow for students in America who are playing at the top division in women’s basketball, to come over to Ireland and play for DCU while studying for their Masters . This year the scholarships went to Ashley Russell, from Massachusetts, and Meredith Burkhall from Iowa. Both women are studying for their Master’s in Business at DCU. They join DCU teammates Maeve Phelan, Maeve O’ Seaghdha, Ali Donoghue and Nicole Clancy, as well as Mercy’s club players.
“They’ve been the best team in the league this year,” Ingle said, and if the scholarship programmes continue next year there is “no doubt” that the team will go on to have another successful season.
DCU Mercy will take place in a knockout tournament in Tralee in two weeks’ time, to compete for the champions trophy. Despite the teams attitude of “Athletes first, winning second” it is clear that DCU Mercy have both aspects covered, and are well on their way to getting another trophy for their collection.
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