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Manchester Mystics Academy vs Myerscough College

Manchester Mystics Academy evened up their season record at 2-2 as they fought back from behind to prevail over Myerscough College on Wednesday, as Jade Mbam, Chloe Andrew, and Lina Asobirionwu combined for 57 points on the way to a 66-62 victory for the hosts.

Myerscough came out of the gates hot, sprinting out to an early 9-0 lead, before Manchester shook out of their slumber to respond, as Andrew hit back-to-back three-pointers to stay within touching distance, going into the quarter break 12-17 down. Paula Puzule had the early hot hand for Myerscough, posting eight points in the period.

Foul trouble would plague Mystics in the second quarter, as Myerscough went to the line for 16 free throw attempts, converting 11 on their way to 22 points in the period, with Sasha Lecuyer the high scorer with seven. Mbam would reply with 11 of her own as Manchester fought to keep their heads above water with 18 points in the quarter. The teams headed into halftime with the guests leading 30-39.

Kyra Smith opened the third quarter with a pair of quick scores, but the Mystics fight-back would begin in earnest as Andrew and Mbam would each score five points either side of a pair of strong Asobirionwu baskets. Jess McGrath would knock down a crucial three-pointer to take some of the wind out of the hosts’ sails, and the third quarter ended with seven points separating the sides.

After trading early scores, Manchester would break off a 13-0 run spanning five fourth quarter minutes to storm into the lead behind intense half-court defence; their first lead of the afternoon. The final three minutes would see the sides trading scores as free throws continued to be a factor in the contest, but the Mystics held their nerve to seal a come-from-behind result in which they lead for just four minutes.

Manchester Captain Chloe Andrew commented after the game, “It took a lot of character, strength, and determination throughout the game to fire ourselves back up to gain a lead late on, then sustain it to the end. We also played as a team throughout, and pulled off a great defensive performance, and it helped us to some good looks on offense. Definitely one for the group to be proud of.”

Manchester were led in scoring by 24 points from Jade Mbam, while Chloe Andrew added 21 and Lina Asobirionwu chipped in 12. Myerscough were paced by Paula Puzule’s 19 points, supported by 17 from Kyra Smith 17 as Sasha Lecuyer contributed 16.