United States International University of Africa (USIU-AFrica) Flames returned to winning ways with an emphatic 70-54 win over Cooperative Bank Kingdom Queens to move second on the log in the Women’s Basketball Premier League behind leaders Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
Two-time champions USIU-Africa’s quest to keep a clean sheet during first leg was dented by a defeat in the hands of KPA in their previous match but coach George Mayienga was quick to fix the lapse and the result was that huge victory.
A 15-9 first quarter victory for Flames gave them the impetus to press the bankers who tried to fight back but their attacks were blunt. Flames took it from where they left in the second quarter, going up 15-5. Cooperative had to chase a 16-point deficit going into second half as the score stood at 30-14 at the breather in favour of the students.
The half-time break seemed to have borne fruits for Queen’s coach Carol Ouma as her side came rejuvenated in the third quarter to seal a slim 19-17 victory. However, Flames were quick to get their defence in shape to neutralise the attacks and bag the fourth quarter 23-19.
Sarah Chan was peerless for USIU once more, finishing with points high 30 with team-mate and Burundian point guard Cynthia Irankunda netting 10. In another match, Masaku Sparks bagged their third win of the season with a 53-49 victory against Western Delight to end their four-match losing streak.