Swansea University captain Tino Dzaro and coach Kurt Williams were both delighted with Swansea’s narrow victory against rivals Cardiff, with Williams describing it as a “great win.”
By half time, Swansea led 34-29.
Cardiff’s threat predominantly came through their forward Lisa Fitz, who never looked out of the game, and the second half proved to be even tighter than the first.
Both sides missed numerous chances, but by the end of third quarter Swansea’s lead had been extended to 55-46.
By the final quarter the Swansea side had begun to tire and Cardiff were able to close the gap to the extent that with three minutes to play, the scoreboard read 58-57 to Swansea.
A late flurry of points meant that Cardiff’s triple-free-throw in the last ten seconds was not enough to deny Swansea an excellent victory.
“I think we definitely deserved to win, but it was a tight game,” said Dzaro after the game, with a hint of relief.
Coach Williams praised the teams efforts following their defeat last time out.
Williams said: “In our last game we lost 73-33 to Southampton Solent, and I think the difference this week was that we worked a lot on our defence, particularly boxing out.
“Obviously it’s a great win for us. We were promoted alongside Solent last season, and Cardiff were already in the league, so we were naturally expecting a tough challenge, although Cardiff admittedly didn’t have a full team today.
“I’m surprised they didn’t full-court press against us, but they played half-court defence and that worked to our advantage.”
Cardiff’s coach was disappointed, but revealed he was looking forward to the prospect of a rematch.
He said: “We played in patches, as did Swansea.
“I think that when we come back next Wednesday, it’ll be another close encounter, both sides have some good players; there was some good shooting today.
“Defensively both sides today fell asleep, and even if both teams tidy up their passing and their defence, I think it’ll still be a close game.”
On the side’s aims this season, Dzaro was optimistic.
She added: “We would like to come somewhere up in the top, but we have a smaller team than we had last year.
“We only had one player from our team last year who stayed on the team through to this year.
“But we are working on making our team stronger, and we hope to be right up there at the end of the season.”