The Sharks Senior Women played their second game of the season at home against Dundee University on Tuesday (10th Nov). With a diminished squad for the match, the Sharks knew they would face
a tough match against the students, who had already played a number of games together this year. And in the early going, both sides found success on the offensive end of the floor in what was
looking like a very close match. But as the 1st quarter went on, the Sharks starting guards Elaine Ross and Amanda Wison both found themselves in foul trouble and the students found success with
their full-court press against the more inexperienced Sharks line-up to extend to a 6 point lead at the end of the 1st period. The 2nd quarter continued in the same vein, with Dundee Uni controlling
both the pace of the game and the rebounds to take a double digit lead into half-time.
The 3rd quarter began with more of the same, but after establishing a lead of 15 points, the students top rebounder and scorer fouled out of the game. This gave confidence to the Sharks and, combined
with Dundee Uni's pressure defence beginning to show signs of tiredness, allowed the Sharks to cut significantly into the student's lead. Starting the 4th quarter 8 points behind, the Sharks continued
to be the stronger team and they eventually took a 3 point lead midway through the period. The remaining minutes were very cagey and the scoring slowed down, but with 18 seconds remaining, Dundee Uni had
a 1 point lead and the ball on the halfway line after a timeout. The instructions from coach Donnie MacDonald were for the Sharks to foul quickly if they couldn't get a steal. With 2 fouls needed to send
the students to the foul line, it was Elaine Ross who found herself in position both times to foul, which unfortunately led to her fouling out of the match. Dundee Uni shot and missed 2 free-throws and, as
Kat Kane brought the ball into the front-court with less than 5 seconds to play, she was surprisingly fouled by a Dundee Uni defender and had the chance to take the lead with free-throws. Kane missed the
first but hit the second to send the game into overtime.
The overtime period was again low scoring, but with both sides tiring, the key moment was Sharks guard Amanda Wilson following Elaine Ross in fouling out. Without a recognised ball-handler, Dundee Uni were
able to capitalise on Sharks mistakes and take the win with a final scoreling of 48-46.
The Sharks next match is an away fixture against last year's champions Perth Phoenix on Wednesday (18th Nov).