Kenya Basketball Federation women’s Premier League defending champions Equity Bank on Saturday demolished Storms 65-35 in their return leg clash at Upper Hill School in Nairobi.
Equity, had a slow start which saw Matilda Wangari lead Storms to a 11-7 first quarter lead.
But the bankers, who had easily collected two first leg points from Storms were quick to pick up form to outscore their opponents 26-10 in the second quarter for a 33-21 half time lead.
Equity, who are preparing for the Fiba Africa Zone Five club championship elimination round, had their shooting guard Hilda Indasi and Susan Akinyi operating in top gear.
The bankers’ coach David Maina decided to rest his the top five players led by forward Mercy Wanyama and Indasi in the fourth quarter, giving the reserves a run in.
Storms were again on the receiving end in the last quarter as Equity Bank run over them 16-2 to in the end claim an easy victory.
Indasi scored a game high 13 points, Susan Akinyi hit 11 for the bankers while Ashley King replied with 11 points for the losers.
“We were able to pick up early enough after a mediocre start to win comfortably with an impressive performance by the reserves. I needed to give the young team exposure because I will need their contribution in the tough Zone Five qualifier,’’ said Maina.
The victory saw Equity Bank maintain their second position in the 10-team table standings with 22 points behind league leaders Kenya Ports Authority, who have so far garnered 24 points.
Equity Bank have won 10 matches and lost two while their rivals KPA, who they had defeated 3-2 in last year’s play-offs final, are unbeaten in 12 outings.
“We are comfortable if we finish the regular season in second position because our strategy is to avoid meeting KPA early. Our yes are focused on retaining the Premier League title.”
Equity Bank men’s team will entertain Trailblazers in their return leg match that they must win to enhance their hopes of qualifying for the competitive six-team play-offs on Sunday.
The match is one of six fixtures lined up at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium starting at 8.30am.
Equity Bank lie eighth in the table standings with 22 points after six wins and 10 losses.
Ulinzi Warriors head the 12-team table standings with 31 points from 15 wins and one loss while Co-op Bank, who will meet Blades today at 4pm, are second on 27 points and Umoja in third spot with 27 points but have played two more matches than Co-op Bank.