Hyderabad: Telangana went down tamely to strong Railways 38-84 on the penultimate day of the league stages at the 67th Senior National Basketball Championship at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Puducherry on Wednesday.
Indian Railways women remained undefeated with a thumping victory. Led by Libina MJ’s 18 points, Railways were too good for Telangana. They stifled Telangana – only one Telangana player managed to score in double digits. Railways women finished the league stages with an all-win record.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh women put up the highest score of the tournament thus far, hitting the century mark against Maharashtra. Poonam Chaturvedi (39 points) and Sharanjeet Kaur (24 points) were on fire in the first half as Chhattisgarh built a sizeable lead over Maharashtra to clinch a 102-65 win.
The other Level 1 women’s games were also one-sided affairs as Delhi raced past West Bengal registering an 81-36 win. Tamil Nadu women also made easy work of Rajasthan (66-34). Both the Srividya’s of Tamil Nadu put up 13 points. Two women’s teams from the lower pool Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh won their qualifier matches today morning to move to the upper pool. Both teams are currently undefeated. Karnataka knocked out Odisha with a 48-24 win, while Madhya Pradesh pulled away from Chandigarh to clinch a 73-60 win.
Level 1: Group A: Chhattisgarh 102 (Poonam Chaturvedi 39, Sharanjeet Kaur 24, Sangeeta Kaur 15, Aakansha Singh 12) bt Maharashtra 65 (Shireen Limaye 20, Sakshi Arora 17) . * Indian Railways 64 (Libina MJ 18, Sitamani Tudu 12, Sruthi Menon 12, R. Rajapriyadarshini 10) bt Telangana 38 (Ramya R. 10, Aishwarya Nataraj 8).
Group B: Delhi 81 (Sahiba Maan 18, Monika 15, Raspreet Sidhu 11, Garima Gosain 10, Meena 10) bt West Bengal 36 (Paulami Chatterjee 10). Tamil Nadu 55 (V. Srividhya 13, Srividya Shekar 13, M. Keerthi 10) bt Rajasthan 34 (Nisha Sharma 19, Surbhi Nair 7) .
Level 2 to Level 1 Qualifier: Karnataka 48 (Bhoomika P. 16, Supritha CN 11, Priyanka P. 10) bt Odisha 24 (Rajashree Swain 10). *Madhya Pradesh 73 (Nima Doma 28, Namrata 13, Sakshi Pandey 11) bt Chandigarh 60 (Kirti 17, Pooja 15).
Level 1: Group B: Tamil Nadu 86 (P. Jeevanantham 21, J. Justin 14, Rikin Pethani 13, R. Hariram 11) bt Gujarat 43 (M. Kasi Rajan 15, Harpal Sinh Waghela 14).
Level 2 to Level 1 Qualifier: Rajasthan 87 (Vinod Kumar 28, Sharad Dadich 22, Mod Singh 10) bt Madhya Pradesh 76 (Shubham Mishra 28, Harendra Singh Tomer 26, Gagandeep Singh 12). *Odisha 91 (Ashok Kumar Nayak 19, Siba Sankar Behera 17, K. Sravan Kumar 14) bt Puducherry 54 (Poovana 16, Hari 13).