Kenya Basketball Federation women’s Premier League champions USIU-A Flames registered their second straight victory in this season’s campaign, easily beating Storms 61-38 in their first leg match at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium on Sunday.
Flames, who had a bright start in the new season by beating Kakamega-based Western Delight 62-35, had an easy time from the start against Storms who operated with only six players. It was Melisa Akinyi and Lisa Mayienga took Storms to task, the students racing to a 18-5 first quarter lead.
Storms, who lost star player Mercy Wanyama to Equity Bank, struggled to match Flames who led 27-17 at the break.
After Flames again went up 18-4 in the third quarter, but Storms, led by veteran Angela Luchivya, gave a good fight in the last quarter to lead 17-16.
DOUBLE DIGIT SCORES
Towering Sarah Chan scored 14 points for Flames, while Cynthia Irankunda added 11. None of Storms players scored in double-digit figures. Flames coach George Mayienga said: “My girls knew from start that it would be an easy game, considering that our opponents had no bench.’’
Storms coach Ben Oluoch said: “We are still recruiting new players after losing Mercy Wanyama. We also had no training session at all before the match because most of my players are committed at work.’’
Thunder rediscovered their winning ways to shock defending champions Ulinzi Warriors 78-68 in the men’s league. USIU-A Tigers also rocked Nakuru Club 88-54 at Menengai High School while University of Nairobi’s Terrorists beat JKUAT 68-49.
Men: Thunder 78 Ulinzi Warriors 68, Lakeside 100 JKUAT 92, Emyba 56 Don Bosco 55,Tigers 88 Nakuru Club 54, ANU 83 Lakeside 86, USIU-A Marines 46 Emyba 43, MKU Thika 85 Baraka Xtreme 83, Co-op Bank 54 KCA-U 53. Terrorists 68 JKUAT 49, USIU-A 60 Baraka Xtreme 55, Umoja 42 Barclays Bank 53, World Hope 68 Little Prince 53.
Women: Co-op Bank 67 Masaku Sparks 59, USIU-A Flames 61 Storms 38.