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Basketball: Storms extinguish dim USIU-A Flames

Last updated 1 year ago | By Elizabeth Mburugu

USIU’s Joan Mwende (left) and Daisy Daisy of Storms during KBF League at Nyayo Gymnasium. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Storms beat United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) 40-23 in a Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) women’s Premier League match yesterday at Nyayo Gymnasium.

The victory saw Storms, who were eliminated in the semis last season, dislodge defending champions Equity Bank Hawks from the top of the log with 16 points from five six wins and two losses.

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The bankers, who remain unbeaten this season, are second with 14 points from seven outings.  

Deedee Were steered Storms to victory with 12 points while Jemmimah Omondi scored nine for Flames.

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The first quarter was evenly contested as Flames contained Storms for a level 13-13 score at the break. USIU-A, however, fizzled out in the second quarter allowing Storms to score eight points for a 21-13 advantage at halftime.

Flames seemed to have regained their footing in the third quarter as they challenged for more points, but they were once again overpowered as Storms scored 14 against 10.

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The final period was dull as both sides made minimal efforts at the ring. Storms scored five unanswered points to secure their sixth win.

In another encounter, rookies African Nazarene University (ANU) hit Western Delight 64-44 to register their first Premier League victory.

The students, who excelled in women’s lower tier to earn a promotion, suffered a four-match losing streak before they finally got it right.

Lynn Saliamo, Karen Shihundu and Mercy Mumo top-scored for ANU with 11 points each while Nicole Adhiambo added 10.

Farida Naliaka of Western Delight was the match’s top scorer with 13 but her effort was not good enough to help her side escape defeat.

Eager to chalk their maiden Premier League win, ANU capitalised on Western Delight’s inability to settle in the match to take an impressive 16-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Delight seemed composed in the second quarter scoring 10 points, one more than ANU. Even so, the students maintained a comfortable 25-14 half-time lead.

Western Delight dominated the second quarter scoring 19 points against ANU’s 13. Determined not to surrender their lead and chance to bag maximum points, the students subdued their guests, who travelled to Nairobi with just eight players instead of 12.

University of Nairobi (UON) Dynamites edged their Kenyatta University counterparts Oryx 46-44 to register their second win.