This time last year, DMU Women’s Basketball Club had not won a game in two years – now, they are not only league champions but unbeaten in their season.
The women's and men's teams want you to help cheer them on to victory
But their fairy tale win at last year’s Varsity clash heralded a new era for the DMU Pitbulls team who have yet to lose a single game in Division 3 of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league.
Their 45-40 win marked a turning point for the team who comfortably won the league with two games to spare and have their sights set on success in Division 2 next year.
Club Chair Mary Bolawole said getting dedicated coach Tahir Hajat from DMU Sport had played a vital role in their new-found success.
She said: “Having our own coach that has been an amazing effect on us we needed a change from doing the same thing. The new coach pushes us to the limit and encourages us and supports us. We could see a change from the first game we had.
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“There’s a different feel among the girls now, we are more motivated. When we kept losing it was difficult to keep going every week. Now we want to continue our unbeaten season – we have three games left we want to be undefeated in the league.”
Their Varsity clash is on March 14 at Leicester Arena, home of the Leicester Riders, who this weekend won the British Basketball League Trophy in Glasgow. They play from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The men's team, DMU Griffins, will also be looking for victory when they take on their University of Leicester rivals on the same day. Tip-off for their match is at 8.30pm.
The Pitbulls and Griffins are calling on students and staff to turn out to support them and cheer them on to Varsity victory. The Pitbulls describe Varsity as “a really fun and amazing experience and most definitely makes you feel like Michael Jordan stepping in the NBA *flicks hair*"
“We get a lot more supporters at Varsity and the atmosphere is amazing,” said Mary. “We are trying to promote it to get as many people to come and watch us. We want to win again. Last year’s win changed so much for us.”
Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2018