“Consistency is the key” – Ivana Udovalieva

Lemvig Basketball måtte se sig besejret i DM kvartfinalen, mod Stevnsgade SuperWomen. En lidt skuffende måde for Lemvig Basketball at ende sæsonen på. Måske man begyndte at hvile lidt efter pokaltriumfen kom i hus i januar. Vi har taget en snak med anføreren Ivana Udovalieva, om kvartfinale serien og sæsonen.

A tough loss in the quarterfinals to Stevnsgade SuperWomen, How did you see game 3?

I feel like we had good control over the game until the 3rd quarter. We were confident and had the lead for the majority of the game. We lost our momentum in the middle of the 3rd quarter when Stevnsgade started to make some big 3s and managed to get the lead. They were slowly building on it in the 4th quarter and we were not able to respond. That ended up hurting us in the end.

Ivana Udovalieva og Lemvig Basketball måtte se sig besejret i DM Kvartfinalen.

Ivana Udovalieva og Lemvig Basketball måtte se sig besejret i DM Kvartfinalen.

How disappointing is it to go out in the quarterfinals?

Very disappointing! We had high goals for this season and managed to reach one of them. For the past 5 seasons we have played in the bronze game and have won 4 bronze medals. I do not recall not being able to make it to the semis. This year our goal was to make it to the finals. We wanted to take a step forward and work towards bigger things. Nobody saw this coming or even thought about being out already in the quarterfinals.

How do you look back at the season? What have you learned from this season?

When I look back at the entire season, it makes me think of a roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs. I feel like inconsistency was a problem for us. We won some tough games and lost some easy ones. After Christmas we struggled to get our rhythm back, we lost more games than expected and with winning the Cup final we thought we could easily get back on track. We continued to struggle and lost some close games which hurt our confidence. But at the end of the day we still have the Cup gold medal to ease our disappointment.

It’s not enough to just have a good team filled with talented people. It takes a lot more than that to go far. It’s clear to see that we had the team to go far and when we played together we were unstoppable. Consistency is the key, and not being able to have it every game was crucial for us.

The highlight of the season for you must have been pokalfinalen?

Yes of course winning the Cup final was the highlight of the season. Even though it’s very disappointing to end the season so early, we still ended up winning a gold medal and have something to be proud of.

Lemvig vandt dette års pokalfinale, som virkelig var en stor sejr for Lemvig og ikke mindst Ivana.