By Lim Yong Teck/Red Sports
National University of Singapore, Thursday, September 17, 2015 — A well-rounded game from Lim Jia Min (#6) helped powerhouses Nanyang Technological University (NTU) defend their Singapore University Games (SUniG) women’s basketball title for the sixth time, beating contenders National University of Singapore (NUS) 68-44 in the final.
Lim (#6) finished the game with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, to go with seven dimes and five steals.
NTU also enjoyed a good outing from centre Amelia Lee (#10), who recorded 13 points and 6 boards despite playing through injury.
NUS, who had earlier beaten Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) 49-43 to make the final, were led by Alanna Lim (#19) on both ends of the floor.
Lim (#19) barely missed out on a double-double, tallying nine points, 13 boards, five dimes, three steals and a block.
“I thought we didn’t start on a high note but we did have a lot of fighting spirit and we didn’t have a lot of turnovers as compared to our previous game against them,” said the NUS forward.
“We lost it in the second and third quarter when we let their shooters knock down a few threes, coupled with a few turnovers.
“We didn’t have the mental concentration and I suppose we’re tired, but I thought we fought very hard. Everyone has their off days and we have to give it to them. They had a good game.”
Briefly taking the lead, NUS managed to momentarily contain the defending champions, but eventually succumbed due to a lower field goal percentage.
NTU were more successful on offence, which helped them gradually extend their stronghold in the game, with Lim (#6) and Shermaine See (#7) commanding the frontcourt.
“We had a better control of the game where we kept calm and focused on our defence to minimize their attacks and get more opportunities,” said Lim (#6).
“We did it as a team and everyone contributed and defended well. If one person didn’t do their job well, we wouldn’t have been able to succeed.”
The NTU guard also had praises for team-mate Lee (#10).
“With her injuries, I think she played really really well,” she said.
“She tried very hard to go for every ball and we all know that it’s painful for her, but she ditched that aside and did her best.”
Score by quarter
NUS vs NTU
1st quarter: 9-16
2nd quarter: 17-21 (26-37)
3rd quarter: 7-22 (33-59)
4th quarter: 11-9 (44-68)
Sia Si Qin Charlene (#8) – 13 points (1 x 3-pointer)
Lim Jia Min (#6) – 18 points (1 x 3-pointer)
See Kai Ting Shermaine (#7) – 13 points (1 x 3-pointer)
Yukie Yoshida (#21) – 10 points
Tan Hsiang Yi (#4), Tan Jia Qi (#5), Sherlin Toh (#6), Lee Xin Ru (#7), Sia Si Qin Charlene (#8), Lim Yi Jieh Edna (#9), Ong Jia Le (#10), Freda Chua Zhi Yun (#11), Tan Yu Xuan (#12), Ong Jia Min (#13), Oon Zi Gui (#15), Leah-Diane Warden Xiu Yu (#17), Lim Rui Jia Alanna (#19), Chee Shi Ya (#21), Thng Kai Ting Brenda (#79)
Si Xu Vongsuvanish (#3), Lim Jia Min (#6), See Kai Ting Shermaine (#7), Gladys Marie Lucin Molino (#8), Lim Zhi Yan Amanda (#9), Lee Yilin, Amelia (#10), Yip Wen Yi, Merlin (#11), Tan Zi Rou (#13), Tan Chu Qing Yolanda (#15), Yukie Yoshida (#21), Laura Lippert Lessel (#23), Wong Kar Wai (#27)
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