Reynolds named Sports Personality for the month of of July

Friday, August 27th, 2021 00:00 |
LG’s Tabitha Wairimu (left) presents a dummy cheque to Lioness basketball team captain Mellisa Akinyi (centre) on behalf of Victoria Reynolds during the sports personality award ceremony. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

FIBA Africa Zone Five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Victoria Reynolds is the LG/SJAK Sports Personality of the Month for the month of July.

This follows her incredible performance at the Zone Five Afrobasket qualifiers heldbetween July 12 and 17 where she helped the national women’s basketball team, Kenya Lionesses, clinch the zonal  title and consequently qualify for the Women’s Afrobasket to be held  on September 17-26.

Making her debut for Kenya Lionesses and playing in the zonal competition for the first time, Reynolds a Master’s Degree scholar in the United States helped Lionesses shake off a poor start in the preliminary stages of the championship to stun pre-tournament favourites Egypt 99-83 in the final.

Lionesses faced Rwanda in their opening match, going down 77-45, Reynolds stayed 12.51 minutes on the floor to score five points, in the only match she failed to hit double digits in points.

The Kenyan women bounced back to pick their first win against debutants South Sudan in a 66-48 score line, with Reynolds managing a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and 36 minutes of play.

Up against Egypt in the final group-stage match, the 24-year old scored 25 points, five rebounds and four steals, in 37 minutes of play time, as Lionesses gave up a 25-point lead at half time to lose 107-106 to the North Africans.

In the semifinal where Lionesses played against Rwanda, the George Mayienga-coached side went hard for a 79-52 victory as Reynolds scored 16 points rebounded six times and had three steals.

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