Women’s basketball is making its much anticipated return to the court.
The national women’s basketball league is slated to start on Thursday, 21 February. Organised by the Cayman Islands Basketball Association, matches are expected to take place indoors at Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre.
Popeye’s Chicken is sponsoring this year’s competition and the association said in a statement that their support is welcome. The statement reads, “Recognising the importance of supporting not only the sport of basketball but the role it plays in fostering healthy lifestyles, Cayman’s No. 1 Chicken wanted to boost the participation of women in the sport by coming on as a gold sponsor.
“The association looks forward to a great relationship with Popeye’s Chicken and fans can look forward not only to some wholesome entertainment, but some wholesome food deals as well,” the statement continued.
Chloe Powery’s Welly’s Cool Spot challenge Cassianne Lawrence’s Wolves on Thursday at 6.15pm, while two-time reigning national champions Home Gas Flames tackle Scimone Campbell’s Island Heritage Silver Mist at 7.45pm.
Home Gas may have the focus as defending champions, but a three-peat figures to be a hard task without star player La-Torae Nixon, who is reportedly away at school. Sade Wood was Nixon’s main sidekick last season and is expected to take a leading role.
Dominos Lady Heels, the 2012 finalists, are without Hannah Parchment, who is also away at school.
League matches will take place on Thursdays at Camana Bay at 6.15pm and 7.45pm. Games are slated to last until 25 April with the playoffs expected to start on 2 May.