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Buoyant KIU Rangers Overcome KCCA Leopards


KIU Rangers beat KCCA Leopards 70-56 on Friday evening (23rd June 2023) to take their incredible winning run to eight wins in a row.  This result saw the Rangers briefly go top of the NBL women's ladder until JT Lady Jaguars reclaimed the position on Saturday afternoon after beating Nabisunsa girls.

The Rangers have now scored the league's second highest 967 points and conceded 629 with a 10-3 record. They however have one point below table leaders JT Lady Jaguars who have gathered 1022 points from 15 games and are one point above JKL lady Dolphins in third.

Mary Moses Amaniyo continued to boss her newly found role as KCCA'S tormenter-in-chief when she once again led the assault against the Leopards, scoring an impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

"It really feels good, it is energizing and gives me more reasons to work even harder," she said.

The victory against the Leopards was the 10th overall for KIU Rangers this season and an eighth consecutive win since Easter Monday and the girls in green continue to show that

they are just beginning to expose their very best. For Amaniyo, winning every game means the team is keeping up with the set mission of winning all games in the second round.

"The win against KCCA leopards was very important for us because our aim this second round is to win all games."

The 19-year sensation also talked about what she thought made the Rangers overcome a furious KCCA Leopards side who really wanted to revenge but in vain.

"KIU Rangers alone is something different compared to KCCA. The team is great, it has unique talented young players who have big hearts for fighting until the last whistle of the game and they believe in God as well. That’s what made us better than KCCA Leopards," she said.

Amaniyo has scored 38 points and 20 rebounds against KCCA leopards alone while she's now averaging 13 points and eight rebounds per game.

Ever-green Perus Nyamwenge registered 15 points while Rachel Nanyonga joined the assault squad with another double-double, 10 points, and 10 rebounds. KIU Rangers' top scorer Diana Letaru failed to shoot in double figures for the first time this season but made sure she accompanied her eight points with an incredible 13 rebounds.

The team's shooting Queen, Ines Kanyamuneza managed only seven points and four assists while Fildauce Namuleme returned to the squad with four assists as well but it is her scintillating display that lit up an incredibly looking MTN Arena.

Because of KIU Rangers' impressive performance, it is being seen as the most consistent Women's team in the NBL  but when asked, coach Julius Lutwama said he would rather they rank the Rangers as the most improved team in NBL this season than the most consistent one.

"We might not be the most consistent in the league but most improved may be because we play better each day," he said.

KIU Rangers’ next game is against Miracle Ravens on the afternoon of Saturday 1st July 2023.