Girls shine in England
Jamaica's Sunshine Girls recorded a 66-49 victory over hosts England in the opening match of the Vitality International three-Test Series at London's Copper Box Arena yesterday.
The English Roses dominated the opening period to take a 16-12 at lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Sunshine Girls, led by the outstanding shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid backed up by brilliant defensive work from Shamera Sterling, rallied strongly in the second period as they outscored England 19-11 for a 31-27 at half time.
A dominant third quarter from the Sunshine Girls saw them extend their advantage to seven points, 49-42. This left England with an uphill task to turn the game around against the Minett Reynolds-coached Sunshine Girls going into the fourth quarter.
The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked fourth in the world, one place below England, outplayed their opponents in the final quarter to come away with an easy victory.
The second match is the series will be played at Manchester's Belle Vue Arena on Friday.