UEL’s Tanika Rubin was outstanding for the home side as they thumped their opponents, 82-32; however it wasn’t plain sailing right from the start for the east enders, who currently sit in second place in the BUCS South Eastern 2A division.
The opening quarter was battled out at a sluggish pace as UEL took a while to find their rhythm. But UEL’s Whitney Shaffer and Rubin found gaps for long-range success, as UEL eased to a 14-8 lead.
Free throws from Megan Goldblyth helped Sussex narrow the gap to a credible 17-14 by the end of the first stanza. Although maintaining a credible gap at this point, Sussex could count themselves fortunate to be in the game.
As the second quarter began, UEL began to switch on and become more clinical with their layups as Alexandra Sasebes and Raychelle Parker added to the scoresheet, which stretched the advantage to 31-14. Three pointers from UEL’s Chloe Spencer and Rubin, as well as points from Nikki Agabakoba, further widened the gap to 20 points as the home side led 43-23 at half time.
UEL continued their dominance into the third quarter, where their accuracy in front of the net continued to sharpen. Rubin continued her ruthlessness inside the opposing defense and more points from Parker extended the advantage to thirty points, 57-27.
UEL continued to make Sussex pay for defensive lapses in concentration, as the away side seemed to fade. UEL led 62-30 at the end of the third.
Parker, Shaffer and D. Cummings were all on point for UEL in the final quarter as the home side were now enjoying their basketball and could play without any pressure. Shaffer again added with three pointers as UEL cruised to a deserved 82-32 win.
UEL will now travel to Buckinghamshire New University to play their first team in a battle for the top spot this Wednesday.