Polonia Phoenix beat Falkirk Fury 55-33 at the Crags last night to set up a vital local derby against Edinburgh Kool Kats in the Scottish Women’s League at the same venue on Sunday (3.20pm).
For the second time in less than a week, Cathy Mitchell top-scored for Phoenix with 21 points, finding back-up in Hilary Wood who had 13.
“We won all four quarters and it was a good defensive effort,” said Polonia coach Stewart Harris, who will have no problem motivating his team to face their city rivals and try to scupper their title hopes.
Kats must win on Sunday to set up a league decider at home to leaders Glasgow Rocks at Portobello a week tomorrow.
Coach Ben Gunn has injury worries over Sarah O’Brien and Leanne Paige.
Edinburgh University, who also include Kats centre Hannah Peacock, have qualified for the British Universities Final 8s, which in the past have been held in Sheffield.
This year it involves a trip to London on Saturday March 15 and Sunday March 16 where they will face Premier North league champions Northumbria in the quarter-finals.
Edinburgh Kings travel to play unbeaten Scottish League champions-elect Falkirk Fury at the Mariner Centre tonight (8pm) with little more than pride at stake as, even if they were to win, it would not affect the final positions.
But victory would still be a feather in the cap for the Capital side who are heading for third place in the table and a likely semi-final play-off against St Mirren, provided they get through the first round against opponents still to be decided.
Veteran guard Paddy Campbell insists Kings are up for the challenge of stopping Fury: “We ran them close last time and we want to stop them becoming the first team to go through the season unbeaten since we did it about eight years ago.”
Fury’s Greek forward Greg Foussas helped Edinburgh University reach the semi-finals of the British Universities Trophy competition this week. Edinburgh play Derby at home a week on Wednesday for a place in the final. Edinburgh host Glasgow next Wednesday to decide the Scottish Universities crown at the Pleasance at 8pm.