Five female stars to watch at this weekend’s National Cup basketball finals

WITH the blending of home-grown talent and graduate imports at an all-time high in Irish women’s basketball, here are five players to watch out for during this weekend’s Hula Hoops National Cup finals, which sees five titles up for grabs at the National Basketball Arena.


Jazmen Boone, Courtyard Liffey Celtics

The American impressively showcased her talent in the National Cup semi-final win over DCU Mercy, contributing 26 points for Courtyard Liffey Celtics.
Boone, aged 24, spent much of her life travelling the world with her US military parents, and often joined the Navy Seals for basketball practice, so her determination is just as fierce as her point-guard skills.
At 5’8”, Boone isn’t the tallest, however she’ll be the one player Ambassador UCC Glanmire will look to keep tabs on in the Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Final on Sunday (5.15pm).

Michelle Fahy, Maree BC

One of the greatest female players to come out of Ireland, Fahy has won multiple National Cup and Superleague titles with University Limerick and Glanmire, while last year she helped NUIG Mystics claim their first ever Division 1 Cup title.
A serious post player, it’s not only Fahy’s scoring that poses a huge threat, it’s her passing and ability to bring those around her into the game.
There will be a lot of fans watch this Hula Hoops NICC final against Limerick Celtic on Saturday (2pm) just to see the Galway woman back in action.

Katie Fox, Marble City Hawks

Katie Fox

Fox previously played with Boone for Waterford Wildcats before transferring to Marble City Hawks. Originally from Ohio – where she was rated in the Top 100 female players of all time – Fox went onto play for St Francis in Brooklyn, New York, before coming to study in Ireland.
At 5’5”, she is an incredibly talented point guard and links up brilliantly with Kelly O’Hallahan of New Zealand. A superb three-point shooter, Fox hit 26 points in the cup semi-final, and she’s likely to star again in the Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Final on Sunday against Ulster Rockets (2.30pm).

Rachel Huijsdens, DCU Mercy 123929

At 6’3”, Rachel Huijsdens is a star in the making for DCU Mercy as she’ll compete in both the U18 and U20 Cup finals this weekend. First will be the U18 showdown on Saturday against Ambassador UCC Glanmire (10am) and then the U20 final against Killester 24 hours later at 10.30am on Sunday.
Huijsden’s, an Irish international, is an excellent rebounder and finisher under the boards, however should she get the confidence to work on taking the outside shot, she could very well be the next Michelle Fahy in the making.

Carlee Lough, Ulster Rockets

Carlee Lough

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Lough played four years at Weber State University before beginning her professional career with Timisoara BC in Romania.
Another point guard at 5’11”, expect Lough’s aggressive drives to light up the National Arena alongside fellow Americans Zee Shahid-Martin and Mimi Troy for coach Breda Dick’s side as they bid for their first Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup title on Sunday, as are their opponents Marble City Hawks (2.30pm).


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