2nd March 2005




The University of Lincoln’s women’s basketball team will clash with sporting rivals Scotland today (Wednesday) in the semi-finals of an annually held national competition.


The team, which has already progressed beyond the final 16 competitors for the first time in the university’s history, will attend the British Universities Sports Association’s (BUSA) Shield competition held in Strathclyde, Scotland.


The girls qualified for the national knockout competition by finishing in the top three of the elite league, Midlands 1A, having glided through two rounds by beating Southampton and Oxford Brooks universities.


##The final of the Trophy and Shield competitions will be held on Saturday 5th March at the sporting venue EIS in Sheffield. The university’s women’s basketball second team have already reached the final of the national Trophy competition.


The women’s first team shot to recognition after defeating two teams from Nottingham University in the group stages. The team now have a victory over Scotland’s representatives in their sights en route to a possible final meeting in the finals at Sheffield.


The team are hoping to achieve the remarkable feat of becoming the best women’s basketball team of all the British universities in the space of just five months since they started competing at the end of September.


“This is an unbelievable achievement for the girls,” said Phil Bell, President of the university’s Athletic Union. “The team are playing at such a high standard with such limited funding and a small squad and yet have still managed to achieve this fantastic accomplishment.”


“To have two women’s basketball teams achieving so much really is an outstanding achievement from every individual involved. Their passionate hard work has definitely paid off.”



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Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                       mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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