ABOUT TO GO IN is back and what better way to start the new season than to reflect on the women’s success as they made history on the first ever MM Female Travel Team that flew out to join the MM Men in Portugal’s TAÇA Cup Championship. Surrounded by many of WBBL’s stars, the trip also proved to be the perfect opportunity to catch up with them to talk WBBL, teams and predictions for the season ahead. Catch up with the latest by watching the video above.
In line with everything said, MM made sure to involve the women by bringing back the ‘She’s Got Game’ element of the event to shine the light on female basketball, showcasing the rise in talent across the WBBL as well as other emerging leagues.
Unlike any other travel trip before, Midnight Madness came through on its promise to celebrate female talent by taking away an all new MM Female Travel Team to match up against professional European players from top divisions in Spain and Portugal.
Among those representing GB included a number of WBBL’s stars such as Brixton Topcats’ Amber Charles, Sevian Witter and Faith Okwuosa, Sheffield Hatters’ Naomi Campbell, Team Northumbria’s Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee and Sevenoaks Suns’ Gabby Nikinitaite and Rachel James.
Outside of WBBL, MM Finalists’ Ejay Ofomata and Ilze Holsteina played their part to represent the MM Women’s Team, as well as Oxford City Hoops’ Abby Young who had an incredible tournament, averaging 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.
Although the competition seemed a little too tough for this year’s MM Women, the experience conveyed that the British female game isn’t too far off the European standard needed to compete at that next level. This was confirmed by President of Portugal’s Pro A Team, Francisco Gomes, who was indeed impressed by the British talent, especially Ejay Ofomata, who averaged a remarkable 19.8 points and 7.8 rebounds across the female tournament.
Confident Ofomata would be an asset to Portugal’s CAB Madeira, President Francisco Gomes made a game changing decision to sign the stand out player to his Pro A outfit this season, in time for the Super Cup Competition happening later this month.
WBBL 2014-15 season winner, Naomi Campbell, said, “Midnight Madness has proved there are so many opportunities for female ballers. It was so exciting to play in Portugal this summer and I hope that the trip will be the first of many as I’d love to represent the British female game again internationally. Playing at such a high level has motivated me to compete at the highest level I possibly can, starting with more success in the WBBL.”
After an incredible summer of showcasing the best of male and female British basketball, Midnight Madness’ new relationship with CAB Madeira is only the start of something new that is sure to open many doors for players next year, and for years to come.
President Francisco Gomes said, “The TAÇA Cup Championship has been an affirmation of the quality of British players. I am glad that Reach and Teach and Midnight Madness are giving good British athletes and players the opportunity to showcase their talent overseas, and so I am confident to see more Midnight Madness players, both male and female, in CAB uniform next year.”