Ipswich V Rockets: Game Preview

Ipswich VS Rockets: Game Preview

The Reading Rockets return to action in the WNBL this weekend facing reigning champions Ipswich Basketball. The game will take place this Saturday (13th February) at 14:00 and it will be livestreamed on Ipswich’s Facebook page.

This will be the Rockets first game in the new year, with their last game being in early December 2020 where they defeated Thames Valley Cavaliers 65-55. The Rockets currently hold a 2-3 record, leaving them 7th in the WNBL.

Coach Luque is cautious of the fact his team hasn’t played in 3 months. He said, “We are coming off a really long break off, so I am hoping that all our players get through the game safely and execute our game-plan.” When asked about on his focus about the game, he stated “If the girls execute what we have been working on throughout training this season – individually and as a team – I will be happy. Ipswich are a fantastic team with many highly talented players, so they will be tough to beat, however if the girls work hard and execute what we have worked on I will be happy”.

Ipswich currently sit 2nd in the WNBL after achieving a 6-1 record over their first 7 games. They have the best points differential this season with +83, highlighting Ipswich’s ability at both ends of the court.

Ones to watch:

Sitota Espinosa in action [image by Luke Simcock]
The Rockets Spanish-youngster Sitota Gines Espinosa will be looking to start 2021 as she finished 2020. She is currently leading the league in steals with 5.0 STPG, as well as obtaining 15.8 PPG, shooting 45.5% from 3-point range, and collecting 6.4 RPG.

One of Ipswich’s key players this season has been the 6’2 Gonzaga Bulldogs-commit Esther Little. Esther leads the league in efficiency (208.0 EFF), rebounds (16.4 RPG) and blocks (3.4 BPG) this season, as well as scoring 14.7 PPG. Her defensive prowess is one of the best in the league and it will certainly be tough for the Rockets to overcome.

At the offensive end of the court, Ipswich also have the league’s top scorer, Harriet Welham, at their disposal. Last year’s MVP, is having another terrific season averaging 25.9 PPG, shooting an impressive 48.9% from the field, as well as grabbing 9.3 RPG and providing 5.6 APG. Her efforts have led her to having an efficiency of 173.0, 3rd best in the league.

(images provided by Luke Simcock)