RIYADH: Taibah University women’s basketball team on Saturday were crowned champions of the 2022 Saudi Universities Sports Federation (SUSF) title.
The Madinah-based Taibah University side was victorious against King Abdulaziz University on a four-point difference in the final match with a 46-42 score.
The tournament matches took place over the course of three days, and were hosted by the University of Business and Technology and Effat University in Jeddah.
The Taibah University side were handed their winner’s medals by Dr. Muzna Al-Marzouqi, advisor to SUSF; Dr. Amani Ghandoura, dean of student affairs at Effat University; and Lina Al-Maeena, adviser to University of Business and Technology sports affairs.
The 16 participating universities competed in four groups. The first included Effat University, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, Dar Al-Hekma University and Jeddah International College.
Heading the second group was Taibah University, as well as University of Prince Mugrin, University of Hail and University of Tabuk.
The third group featured King Saud University, Umm Al-Qura University, University of Jeddah and Yanbu University College, while the fourth group saw competitions between the University of Business and Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Princess Noura University and Al-Faisal University.
Al-Maeena praised the level of skill at the tournament held under the SUSF, stressing that the competition revealed Saudi talent capable of representing the country in upcoming events.
She added that the event’s popularity and enthusiasm of the players will encourage more women university students to take up sports.
Al-Maeena welcomed cooperation between the SUSF and the Saudi Basketball Federation, stressing the University of Business and Technology’s readiness to host tournaments using its women’s sports infrastructure. She also highlighted the university’s desire to achieve Saudi national goals in providing women with the opportunity to represent their country at national, regional and global events.
SUSF Secretary-General Dr. Abdulelah Al-Salali congratulated the winning team and the runners-up for their performances and thanked all 16 universities for their presence. He hailed the efforts by the University of Business and Technology to host the tournament and the event’s success in providing an ideal atmosphere for sports competition between the universities.