The Panthers return to St Mary's Hall this weekend for a double-header with the men's team.
Portlaoise Panthers were narrowly beaten on their return to MissQuote.ie Super League basketball against Ulster University on Saturday.
Jessica Fressle top scored for the Panthers with a game-high 33 points, however it wasn't enough to stop the Laois side going down 81-77
Alex Mulligan and Aoife Callaghan, who returned to the side after one-year studying stints in the USA, scored 23 and 18 points respectively to push Patrick O'Neill's side to the win.
The Panthers' next match is against Liffey Celtics in St Mary's Hall on Saturday evening.