08 February 2016

KENYA - Women's Premier League between USIU-A and KPA goes down the wire

Feb 08, 2016
  • Cynthia Irankunda dribbles past KPA's Brenda Angeshi in the fourth game of the play-off. The two teams will meet in the decider. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) will play out game five on Monday night to determine the 2015 Kenya Basketball Federation’s women's Premier League champion.
The best-of-five series final is tied 2-all after game four on Sunday won 66-62 by USIU-A. Last weekend, the series finished 1-1 after KPA won game one 55-52 and USIU-A won the second 63-57 in Mombasa.
KPA then led 2-1 after winning game three 73-64 on Saturday but the students leveled on Sunday. With three minutes played in the first quarter of game four, USIU-A took a 10-0 lead and stretched to a 14-point lead at 15-1 to win the quarter 24-11.
KPA won the second quarter 19-15 but it’s USIU-A who led 39-30 at halftime.
In third quarter, KPA chased the game and managed to tie scores 49-49 with 31 seconds remaining. Sarah Chan fouled Natalie Akinyi for her fourth foul and Akinyi made two free shots for the first tie of the game.
Zipporah Adhiambo then fired a three-point shot to give USIU-A a 52-49 lead going to fourth quarter. KPA won third quarter 19-13 and the students dominated the opening five minutes of fourth quarter.
Mandela leads charge
KPA took the first lead in the game with 5:51 on the clock when Annerose Mandela made a three-point shot for 60-58. Mandela had scored seven straight points from two baskets and a three-pointer to lead the charge.
However, lack of teamwork cost KPA a lot of points and USIU-A capitalized. Chan who had been rested for the first five minutes came on in the second half of the last quarter and stabilized USIU-A’s play with good rebounding.
The students regained the lead with 3:29 on the clock when Melissa Akinyi fired a three-pointer for 63-62 and they scored 3-0 to settle the scores.
Chan finished with a game high 18 points for USIU-A and Angela Okoth added 14. Mandela was KPA’s top scorer with 16 points and Yvonne Akinyi added 12.
Equity Bank finished third after beating Co-operative Bank 53-47 in the playoff. Co-op Bank led 23-20 at halftime after winning first quarter 15-10 and Equity the second 10-8. Equity dominated second half with wins of 17-11 in third quarter and 16-13 in fourth quarter.
Samba Mjomba shot over 50 percent in three quarters to top score for Equity with a game high 27 points.
In the first quarter, she shot 6/10 for the team's quarterly score, 7/10 in second quarter and 9/16 in fourth quarter. Grace Wanjiku top scored for Co-op Bank with 15 points and Celine Okumu had 12.

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