The 2016-17 Senior Women’s SBC provided plenty of drama, capped with Fury’s first piece of silverware in a dramatic Play-Off Final.
Here’s how we remember the year.
City Of Edinburgh (12-3) were the model of consistency, winning the Cup and wrapping up the league title with multiple games to spare.
Tayside Musketeers (9-6) a force in all competitions, Muskies finished runners-up in the league, Cup and Play-Off Finals.
Edinburgh University (9-6) demonstrated their strength in depth to remain competitive despite losing several key players to the Women’s British Basketball League.
Lady Rocks (9-6) finished their league campaign on an impressive 4-2 run but were unable to make it past the first round of the post-season.
Falkirk Fury (9-6) opened the season strongly and, despite an inconsistent finish to the regular season, ended the campaign in style to earn the club’s maiden trophy with victory in the Play-Off Final.
Polonia Phoenix (7-8) struggled to a 1-4 finish, once the league split*, despite recording a season’s best victory against the league winners during the stretch.
St Mirren West College (9-6) thrived after the league split, ending the season on a 4-1 run that culminated in a 40 point home win to close out the year.
Boroughmuir Blaze (7-8) failed to beat a Top 6 team and got off to a slow start before dominated the second half of the season, winning their final 5 games in impressive fashion.
Glasgow Fever (7-8) remained competitive throughout, having the third tightest defence in the league, but struggled mightily to score the ball.
St Andrews University (5-10) were hit by injury after injury, the depleted roster were unable to pose much of a threat.
Glasgow University (2-13) endured a tough debut season, starting the campaign 0-6 before picking up wins against Fever and Reign.
Dunfermline Reign (0-5) came within a basket of upsetting Glasgow University and demonstrated their ability to compete in the SBC, but ultimately finished winless.
|City Of Edinburgh||15||12||3||0||962||791||171||27|
|Sony Centre Fury||15||9||6||0||798||727||71||23|
|St Mirren West College Scotland||15||9||6||0||921||893||28||24|
|St Andrews University||15||5||10||0||631||866||-235||20|
*After 10 games played, league split (Top 6 and Bottom 5 plus Dunfermline Reign to join to make 6 teams and receive 10 losing points).
City Of Edinburgh 77-51 Tayside Musketeers
Kats seized the momentum early and never let go, dominating the game from start to finish. Finals MVP Emma Findlay set the tone, with 11 first quarter points, as Edinburgh established a quick 24-7 lead. Kats’ advantage remained, at halftime, before ballooning to 34 mid-way through the third stanza. Despite a spirited effort by Muskies, down the stretch, the result was never in doubt.
Emma Findlay was named MVP (20 points, 13 rebounds).
Sony Centre Fury 49-46 Tayside Musketeers
A tight, hard-fought final was decided down the stretch as both teams battled back and forth for the entirety of the contest. Trading leads, over the final two quarters, it was Fury who created separation on the shoulders of Alicia McFadden’s 7 fourth quarter points and Jenna Beattie’s clutch 3 pointer and free throws.
Beattie led Fury in points (14), while Yhana Van Wees scored a game-high 18 points for Muskies.
Rebecca Lonsdale was named MVP (10 points, 14 rebounds, 6 steals).