Wednesday, November 7
*UCU Lady Canons Vs JKL Lady Dolphins – 6:30PM
*UCU Canons Vs City Oilers – 8:30PM
UCU Lady Canons will be seeking to become the record league winners when they face JKL Lady Dolphins in the 2019 Women NBL finals.
Game one (best of seven, race to four) is set on Wednesday at the indoor arena.
UCU have won the title seven times, tied on joint top with the defunct Lady Bucks.
Nicholas Natuhereza’s side were on course for an eighth last year when they reached the finals but were swept 4-0 (70-64, 75-69, 56-49 & 66-63) by JKL.
The Canons have given themselves a second chance and will be eyeing revenge as well against a team that humiliated them.
“It won’t be an easy game but we just have to work as a team and do the simple things,” briefly noted UCU guard Rhoda Naggita.
JKL have been in destructive mode this season but look slightly weaker this year compared to last year’s after the departure of Jamila ‘Zama’ Nansikombi. Their best signing Jane Asinde also left midway this season, following Zama to the USA.
UCU are still short on quality with Zainah Lokwameri and Sarah Ageno the only two players on the team to have tested league triumph but with the presence of coach Nicholas Natuhereza who were unavailable in last year’s final series, the University side are the odds favorite.
JKL lost only one game (Vs A1 Challenge) in the regular season, swept UMU Ravens and KIU Rangers in the quarter and Semifinal respectively.
“The performance was ok, this is the kind of basketball I expected from the girls. I think we played much better defensively and we were more composed,” JKL coach Henry Malinga told the-SportsNation.com after sweeping KCCA 3-0.
“They (KCCA) gave us a big challenge especially in game one and two, and they had earned a right to be there. But we were just much better than they were.
“We still need to work on our efficiency levels, we are not shooting that well behind the three point arc, we need to work harder and we are still poor even on the Free throw. Our bigs need to be more a lot more productive offensively.”
The Dolphins will rely mostly on Flavia ‘Flirsh’ Okello and Rita Imanishimwe – The duo are former UCU players. In fact, Imanishimwe was part of UCU team that won their last league championship in 2017, beating KCCA at YMCA.
JKL bigs – Hope Akello, Moureen Atulinda, Namuwaya Muhayimuna and Stella Oyella will have to be at their best if the Dolphins, playing their second top flight final ever, are to retain their title.
2018 – JKL Lady Dolphins
2017 – UCU Lady Canons
2016 – UCU Lady Canons
2015 – UCU Lady Canons
2014 – KCCA Leopards
2013 – UCU Lady Canons
2012 – KCCA Leopards
2011 – UCU Lady Canons
2010 – UCU Lady Canons
2009 – KCCA Leopards
2008 – UCU Lady Canons
2007 – KCCA Leopards
2006 – Lady Bucks
2005 – A1 Challenge
2004 – Lady Bucks
2003 – Makerere Sparks
2002 – Lady Bucks
2001 – Lady Bucks
2000 – Lady Bucks
1999 – Lady Bucks
1998 – Lady Bucks