Double blow for Capital after Edinburgh Uni and Kool Kats miss out on Play-Offs final

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Edinburgh University are out of the Scottish Women’s Basketball League Championship Play-Offs after going down 69-66 to Tayside Musketeers in the semi-final at Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry.

Sadly that means there will be no Capital representatives in the final at the National Performance Centre at Oriam on Saturday.

The treble-chasing Edinburgh Kool Kats, already Scottish Cup and League winners, were expected to win through to face Tayside but now it will be Falkirk Fury after BasketballScotland awarded the semi-final to Fury as a walk-over and turned down an appeal in circumstances which have still to be explained.

Muskies will certainly have an excellent chance of claiming the title if they play as well they did against Edinburgh Uni.

EU had the former Tayside star Hannah Robb in their side, the day after she had performed outstandingly for Caledonia Pride in their 79-78 WBBL victory over top English side Sheffield Hatters.

EU had a nightmare start at Grove as Tayside raced into a 14-0 lead and by half-time the hosts were 20 points up.

Yet EU gradually fought back and actually got within one point of tying the game.

They owed much of their turn-around to Catherine Miller, who scored six three-pointers in the second half.

Robb and American Dori Lansbach were also prominent.

“We held on and we never trailed or even tied,” said home coach Donnie MacDonald, who praised Scottish cap Paula Foster for her contribution, especially in the last quarter when she scored 10 points.

Scottish cap Yhana Van Wees top-scored with 26 points for Tayside.