Marg Jones lauds defensive effort as Giants Women reach Trophy semi-finals

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Marg Jones lauds defensive effort as Giants Women reach Trophy semi-finals

Marg Jones believes the defensive display of her side paved the way for an emphatic 98-69 victory over Nottingham Wildcats in the quarter-finals of the Betty Codona Trophy.

The Giants Women found themselves behind after the first quarter at the NBPC, before an explosive Q2 saw 37 points scored and just 18 conceded.

Led by the inspired performance of guard Idil Turk, the Giants Women pressed home their advantage to move to within one win of reaching the Trophy final, which will be held at Birmingham's Utilita Arena over the weekend of January 27/28.

Sunday's emphatic win also went some way to avenging the 86-72 home defeat the Giants Women suffered at the hands of the Wildcats in their final game before the Christmas break.

Discussing the performance of her side, Coach Jones said: "We were not happy with our defensive effort last time we played Nottingham.

"We were very committed to sticking to the scout this time. We made some adjustments in terms of match-ups, but from start to finish, it was a defensive effort from the girls.

"Defence led to offence, whether it be transitions and identifying match-ups - that was the key."

A major plus in Sunday's performance for the Giants Women was that of Turk, who amassed a remarkable 35 points during her 28-and-a-half minutes on the court.

Turk's coach was quick to praise the explosive nature of her display, and will be hoping for more of the same as they prepare to visit Essex Rebels in the Trophy semi-finals next Saturday (4pm tip-off).

Jones added: "We've known she's capable of that, that's her superpower! She scores in bunches. It doesn't matter if she comes into the game early or late, she's a great scorer.

"She's a great passer too, a dynamic and experienced player, and I'm really happy with that game."

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