U20 FIBA European Championships

  • Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn is in action tonight for the Ireland U20 women’s basketball team against Croatia at 6pm.

    The vice-captain will look to continue her stellar form as the U20’s look to recover from a disappointing loss to Israel yesterday.

    Despite receiving attention from Israel, Finn managed to finish the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.

  • Ireland U20 women’s team put in a blistering performance in their second game at the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B in Kosovo on Sunday, to run out resounding 72-58 point winners over Great Britain.

     

    This game was always going to be a tough test for the Irish team, with plenty of battles between the two sides at this age group over the years, with Great Britain boasting a strong cast that included an extremely on-form Holly Winterburn.

     

    The Irish were relentless from the start though, with Dayna Finn driving the team forward from the off, finishing out the first half with 17 points and five rebounds to see Ireland into a 42-26 point lead at the break.

     

    She went on to finish with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a fantastic display.

     

    The win now sees Ireland top their group unbeaten at European Championships and they wait to hear who they will meet in the next round of the competition, with games in the other groups taking place today.

     

     

     

  • The Ireland Under 20 women’s team stormed through to the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B semi-finals this evening thanks to a thrilling 66-53 point win over Croatia.

    The win saw Ireland top their group in Round 2 and advance through to Saturday’s semi-final where they will face Bulgaria at 3.30pm Irish time, with promotion to Division A and a medal all up for grabs.


    Despite what the scoreline may suggest though, this game was neck-in-neck right up until the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands 20 times throughout the game in a pulsating and absorbing contest. Ireland had heroes across the floor, with a superb team display on defense shutting down the threats of Croatia’s sharpshooters Andjela Katavic and Karla Erjavec to see them score just a combined 13 points in the game. With stand-out performances across the court, some of the key performers for Ireland included Enya Maguire, who finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, two assists, Claire Melia who notched another double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, Sorcha Tiernan was also a stand out with 12 points, while Dayna Finn top scored with 20 points. Rachel Huijsdens and Annaliese Murphy were also key players in an all round superb display.

    It was the fourth quarter where the game was well and truly won though, as the sides were level 14-14 at the end of the first, Croatia led 27-29 at the end of the second, while Ireland had just edged ahead at the end of the third, 49-46. A massive three pointer from Tiernan got the scoring underway for the Irish in the fourth quarter and this, followed by huge boards from Huijsdens, set Tiernan up for another score moments later to see Ireland suddenly ahead 55-48. The momentum was firmly in Ireland’s favour as Dayna Finn drove inside for two, while superb work from Maeve Phelan sent Melia through to the basket. Another huge three-pointer from Tiernan followed and it was game over, as Ireland powered through the remaining minutes to win out in thrilling fashion, 66-53.

     

  • Ireland U20 women secure European bronze medal and promotion in thrilling showdown with Great Britain.

    Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn was one of the standout players, as the Mayo ladies star bagged 10 points and 10 rebounds, along with five assists and three steals.

    The Irish team made history yesterday running out 60-57 point winners over Great Britain in at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships Division B bronze medal play-off, earning promotion to Division A basketball for the Ireland U20’s for 2020.