TORTOLA –– The US Virgin Islands defeated Barbados 98-47 to claim third place in the 2015 Women’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands last night.
Virgin Islands were led by Brittney Matthew with 20 points, along with Yanique Javois with 17 while Natalie Day chipped in with 14 points. In the first 4:55 minutes of play Virgin Islands started off the game on an 11-2 run.
In an important game in the Women’s tournament the Virgin Islands kept the hot shooting going and took a commanding lead 48-28 heading into the second half.
Seemly everything was going in for the Virgin Islands coming out of the locker room to start the second half in this decisive game as they extended their first half lead over Barbados to 73-29 by the end of the third.
Remaining hot to start the fourth Virgin Islands went on an 11-1 run in first 4:30 minutes, and despite the valiant efforts from Barbados in the last period of play it was too much of a deficit to climb out of, Dale-Marie Cumberbatch had 12 points and Toni Atherley added 11 for Barbados in their losing efforts.
Barbados were repeatedly beaten on both defensive and offensive boards and were out-rebounded 46-27, many of which often led to second-opportunities on the offensive end for USVI. Barbados were also guilty of turning over the ball on 14 occasions, providing fast-break chances for their opponents.
Apart from Atherley and Cumberbatch, Barbados’ offence was basically a no-show. They started with Cumberbatch, Atherley, Jamila Studer, Astrid Alleyne and Jonnel Oderson.