Mehdi Punjwani
Brunel Women’s Basketball team were unlucky to finish on the wrong end of a 60-46 result as they visited the University of East London. Brunel, placed last in the BUCS league, came under pressure early on, and despite an immediate response to UEL’s opening basket, conceded a further 9 points in the following four minutes.

As the game continued, Brunel’s defence solidified, and though the team made impressive steals the shooters were unable to take advantage. The first quarter ended 13-3 to UEL.
The second quarter began promisingly for the Brunel Women, who brought the score to 15-9, with UEL having to call a time-out to regroup. However, this proved to be a good decision, as the balance of the game seemed to be consequentially restored.

There was an exchange of steals half way through the second, and some confusion in the visitor’s defence, UEL were able to head into the half time break with a 29-14 lead.
The University of East London made a good start to the third quarter, scoring two layups early on, and as the score reached its biggest gap of the match at 37-20, Brunel began to fight back.
Within five minutes, the visitors had scored 18 points to the home team’s two, bringing their score to within one point of the opposition. The third quarter ended with a three-pointer for UEL, though Brunel kept within touching distance, only two points behind with nine minutes left.

However, thirteen points in a row from UEL meant Brunel were unable to recover, resulting in an unfortunate defeat.