JKL Lady Dolphins Draw First Blood Against UCU

Rita Imanishimwe of JKL Lady Dolphins (NBL photo)

Friday, September 29
•JKL Lady Dolphins 60-48 UCU Lady Canons

JKL Lady Dolphins have taken an early lead in the semifinals, securing a well-deserved 60-48 victory over the UCU Lady Canons at YMCA court in Wandegeya.

This win gives the Lady Dolphins a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five series, in what is a repeat of the last three finals series.

In a closely fought match, UCU trailed by just two points at the end of the third quarter.

However, their fortunes took a downturn in the fourth quarter, where they managed to score only five points (05-15).

Rita Imanishimwe emerged as the standout player, contributing three three-pointers in the third quarter and finishing with a game-high 20 points against her former team, UCU.

Notably, she was the sole JKL player to reach double digits in scoring, while Brenda Ekone and Evelyn Nakiyinji posted nine and eight points, respectively.

JKL dominated the rebounding battle, out-rebounding UCU 53-47. Becky Longom and Hope Akello led the way with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

On the UCU side, Bridget Aber secured an impressive 21 rebounds, while Shakirah Nanvubya and Aziidah Nabayunga contributed 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively.

UCU’s struggles extended to their free throw shooting, where they missed 10 out of 16 attempts.

Additionally, the Lady Canons only managed to collect nine points from their bench players, and without doubt, these little details will continue to shape what promises to be a fierce semifinal battle.

KIU Rangers and JT Lady Jaguars are the other side of the semifinal, with this series tipping off on Sunday.



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