Proud coach Vanessa Ellis watched her Sheffield Hatters side make history last Sunday - and then roared: “Our season is only just getting started”.
The Hatters entered the history books as the first ever winners of the WBBL Trophy, after a 76-62 victory over league rivals Nottingham Wildcats at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Sunday.
The Hatters’ attentions now turn to catching leaders Wildcats in the league, and Ellis said: “We’ve put a lot of time and effort in as a team and individuals and it’s nice to get rewarded.
“But as a coach we’ve still got areas to improve. We’ve had injuries and last weekend was the first time we had all 12 players playing, so for us, it’s like the start of a season.
“Credit to the players, it was much better and we are showing improvement each week.
“Beating the Wildcats obviously gives us a mental edge for the rest of the season, but we won’t take anything for granted.
“We expect them to bring players in so they will be tougher next time we meet them.
“But so will we. “We never ever rest, we keep working and training hard.”
Hatters’ star Steph Gandy, meanwhile, hopes that the final victory can spur her and her Sheffield team-mates onto glory with Great Britain this summer, in the EuroBasket tournament.
Gandy, named MVP in the final after her 25 points against Nottingham, is one of four GB players in the Hatters squad, alongside Naomi Campbell, Helen Naylor and Lauren Thomas-Johnson.
“I am trying to get ready for this summer with GB. It is in the back of my mind always,” she said.
“We are very positive and it’s something to look forward to.”
n The WBBL Trophy Final was the first showpiece event for the recently launched WBBL. The next will be the WBBL Play-Off Final at the University of Worcester Arena on Sunday 26 April with tickets available via www.wbbl.org.uk/tickets/playofffinal.