Re-loaded Lady Canons get ready to win and win

By Dale Scully, :: 10-04-2012

Lady canons in actionThe UCU Lady Canons swept through the playoffs with seven straight victories to capture their second FUBA/MTN championship in a row. 
This is, arguably, the most dominating basketball team that has ever played in FUBA (men or women).

 Unfortunately for the other teams in the league, they just keep getting better.
At every position there is an all-star caliber player.  The starting five return in tact from the playoffs last season. Maureen Amoding and Purity Odhiambo took turns leading the team in scoring throughout the playoffs.
This extremely talented duo will once again be counted on to provide the scoring punch for the Lady Canons.  Brenda Mbone and Angella Namirimu return as starting guards. Namirimu is an amazing point guard who unselfishly runs the show, consistently setting up her teammates for easy baskets. Mbone is more of a physical, gritty, tough player that every team needs to be successful. 
Lastly, in the starting line-up is Lorraine Akinyi. Akinyi plays in the post and displays great consistency in shooting, rebounding and passing.
Each of these women will be pushed by a very talented bench that keeps getting better. Proscovia Peace may be the best rebounder in the country.  At 6 ft 3 ins, she is the tallest player in the league.  Virginia Awino   has the ability and size to play inside and outside. 
Peace Nakirijja makes her living from the three point line.  When she’s in a groove, there’s no better shooter around. 
As the new players Sandra Munduru and Everlyne Wahonya  (pictured left in action) bring hustle, experience, and toughness to contribute to the team.  Munduru comes to the Lady Canons after taking one year off from playing.  She previously played for A1 Challenge (runners-up to UCU in the 2010 Playoffs). 
Wahonya  is from Kenya.  She has played for the U18 national team in Kenya and is looking to grab significant playing time away from some of the older, more experienced ladies.
The remainder of the bench is not just throw-away type players: Ruth Kirungi, Monica Tumusiime and Grace Kusaba would be starting had they decided to study or play elsewhere.
Juliet Layoo returns for her last season. One of the originals and highly experienced McLine Akello still offers quality “big man” minutes off the bench. 

The writer is a former Lady Canons coach

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