She Cranes' Florence Nanyongo and Halima Nakacwa wave to fans Credit: Courtesy
  • Uganda 57-37 Scotland

Uganda She Cranes missed out on making the medal games despite defeating Scotland, 57-37 in their final Pool B match at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Center.

England Roses played Uganda into contention for a semifinal place when they defeated New Zealand 54-45 in the first game of Wednesday.

The She Cranes needed to beat Scotland by a margin of atleast 39 goals but fell short by 19 goals, thanks in part to Scotland’s strong defending in the first half.

While the Ugandans were slow in their transition, Scotland did a great job defensively in the first half with Hayley Mulheron denying Peace Proscovia from receiving passes into the circle and it was Goal Attack Rachael Nanyonga who scored the majority of Uganda’s goals in the first half as her cuts across the circle troubled Fiona Isobel Fowler to track.

A 15-11 first quarter win for the She Cranes was followed by a 12-10 second quarter and the target seemed impossible to reach given how Scotland were playing.

On return from the locker rooms for the second half, Ruth Meme and Halima Nakacwa traded positions with Meme moving to Wing Attack and Nakacwa switching to Center.

Proscovia started to get the better of her marker and stamped her authority in the circle. The She Cranes captain scored 32 goals off 34 attempts while Nanyonga scored 25 off 30 attempts.

Lynsey Gallagher and Bethan Goodwin scored 19 and 16 goals respectively for Scotland.

Classification Game

After settling for third place in their pool, Uganda will cross with South Africa who finished third Pool A for placement 5-6.

The game will be played on Thursday, April 12 at 9:02 am (EAT).

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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