It was a tough day on the court for Aisling Nee and the Ireland senior women’s 3×3 basketball team team in France today.
The Irish team lost both of their opening group games in this year’s FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup qualifiers.
Letterkenny woman Nee, who plays with Fabplus North West, was selected as part of the squad.
Drawn in a strong group that includes many of the competition’s top seeds, Ireland were right up against it from the off, facing one of the favourites, Ukraine, in their opening game.
A tough and physical clash followed, with Ukraine running out comprehensive 21-3 point winners in the end.
Up next for the Irish was a clash with fifth seed, Poland.
The Polish used their height to their advantage, driving hard under the boards against a smaller Irish team and, despite the best efforts of the women in green, they finished on the wrong side of a 21-6 result.
Tomorrow will see the squad face off against Sweden and Germany in their remaining group games, while the Ireland senior men’s 3×3 team will also be in action, tipping off their qualifying campaign against Croatia at 8.40am.