Date published: January 26, 2017
Salford student makes history with Manchester Mystics
Isabel Bueriberi has made history with the Manchester Mystics, after storming to victory in front of a live BBC audience to win the inaugural Women’s British Basketball League Cup.
The second year Civil and Architectural Engineering student trains for up to two hours every day, and reaped the rewards of this hard work when she lifted the trophy in front of a packed Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Isabel said: “It’s pretty hard to juggle but I’ve been playing basketball since I was pretty young so I’m kind of good at managing my time but this year it is a little difficult. I don’t imagine my life without basketball, so I have to do it.”
Isabel is no stranger to strong competition having previously appeared in the FIBA EuroLeague Women, the highest professional basketball league in Europe for women’s clubs. This, however, did not do anything to reduce Isabel’s nerves.
She said: “I’m pretty young in basketball ways, so I’ve never played a final like that so I was nervous, but I was thinking I have to do my best and give my best to help the team.”
The 21-year-old forward did just that and more, scoring a basket and three rebounds to help her team to a 71-60 victory over the Nottingham Wildcats.
She said: “After the game, I got chills; I was really impressed to be honest. I got a scare from the fireworks, I was like ‘what is that?!”
A number of family and friends from Isabel’s hometown in Madrid tuned into watch Isabel’s winning moment.
Isabel said: “My coach told me we were going to be on the BBC and I was so happy, and told all my family and friends. I had family tuning in and my Mum was watching and she was so so excited.”
Isabel’s next match with the Mystic’s will be at home, the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue, on the 28th January against Team Northumbria at 3:00pm.