Tough final game for relegated side

FOLLOWING early Cardiff dominance, Vanessa Talbutt’s Swansea side were unable to keep up as Cardiff won by over 50 points.

Their varsity defeat follows a difficult league season that ended in relegation to the third tier of the BUCS basketball competition.

Captain Talbutt admitted Cardiff were a “very strong team” to come up against but praised her team’s efforts despite the defeat.

“The team worked extremely hard throughout the match,” she said. “We kept going till the end, working to stay tall and restrict their shots.

“But they are a very strong team to play.”

After a slow start and missed opportunities, Swansea fought back in the final two quarters.

The combination of players such as Raquel Martin, Paula Martinez and Brenna Newell allowed Swansea a way back into the game.

But despite Swansea’s best efforts, Cardiff maintained their dominance throughout the final minutes thanks to key players such as Marina Kolb, Regina Lanot-Manuel and Kate Gale.

Swansea will now have the summer to rebuild in preparation for the new season.

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 29-80 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

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