Sat Feb 9th 2.30 pm - Archers 82 v 100 Riders - Livestats Sat Feb 9th 3.00 pm - Mystics 96 v 85 Wildcats - Livestats Sat Feb 9th 3.30 pm - Rebels 68 v 89 Lions - Livestats Sat Feb 9th 8.00 pm - Eagles 72 v 68 Palatinates - Livestats
Sun Feb 10th 1.30 pm - Suns 83 v 54 Lions - Livestats Sun Feb 10th 2.00 pm - Riders 95 v 83 Wolves - Livestats Sun Feb 10th 3.00 pm - Palatinates 81 v 71 Pride - Livestats Sun Feb 10th 5.00 pm - Wildcats 73 v 83 Hatters - Livestats
Cardiff Met Archers 82-100 Leicester Riders (21-24, 43-45, 57-77)
Leicester Riders are in control of the WBBL Trophy South 2 group with two wins out of two after beating Cardiff Met Archers 100-82 on the road, meaning that they can win the group if they beat Oaklands Wolves on Sunday. Riders have now won nine straight games on the road since the opening day of the season, and it is their second double-digit win of the campaign at Archers Arena. Leading scorers – Robyn Lewis 21, Sarah Wagstaff 14, Justine Ferland 11 (Archers); Holly Winterburn 23, Rebecca Navarro 17, Jen Ashton 14 (Riders) Turning point – After a tight first half, Riders opened the third quarter on a 19-6 surge over a six minute spell as Holly Winterburn scored eight points and a Jen Ashton three-pointer helped the lead to 64-49. They won the third 32-14 overall, and there was no way back for the hosts. Key stat – Riders shot 66% from two-point range and that was epitomised in the key third quarter run as they shot 10-14 (71%) inside the arc in the period, while restricting their hosts to 5-21 (24%) from the field in that spell. Game hero(es) – Holly Winterburn led all scorers with 23 points including providing the spark in the third quarter, while Jen Ashton added to that in a good all-round display of 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Manchester Mystics 96-85 Nottingham Wildcats (24-26, 49-39, 73-56)
Manchester Mystics picked up their first WBBL Trophy win on Saturday, with a 96-85 victory over Nottingham Wildcats. The Mystics bounced back from their previous week’s defeat to Sheffield thanks to a double-double performance from Evelyn Ovner. Leading scorers – Evelyn Ovner 22, Georgia Jones 21, Julie Page 13 (Mystics) – Jasmine Joyner 26, Chelsey Shumpert 23, Siobhan Prior 15 (Wildcats) Turning point – Nottingham only trailed by 10 points heading into half-time but Manchester exploded out of the locker room and within the first minute of the third period, dropped three consecutive baskets to extend that lead to 16 points, enough to hold off a small Nottingham comeback in the fourth. Key stat – Whilst both teams racked up 14 turnovers each, Manchester were able to capitalise on theirs the most, scoring 18 points from turnovers compared to Nottingham’s 10. Game hero(es) – Evelyn Ovner was the MVP on both offense and defense, knocking down 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Essex Rebels 68-89 BA London Lions (11-31, 28-49, 47-74)
BA London Lions beat Essex Rebels 89-68 on the road to record their first WBBL Trophy win of the campaign and put pressure on Sevenoaks Suns at the top of the South 1 group. Lions have won their last four road games in all competitions, with this being just their fifth win of the season, and they visit Suns in the Trophy on Sunday with a loss securing the group for the latter. Leading scorers – Jessy Ward 19, DeAngelique Waithe 14, Karla Powlesland 14 (Rebels); Loren Christie 26, Macy Spinks 15, Urysla Cotton 14 (Lions) Turning point – Lions settled this game almost immediately as they raced into a 10-0 lead as Loren Christie, twice, and Kristie Velasquez hit early three-pointers. They won the first quarter 31-11 with Christie scoring 14 points in the first 10 minutes, and the lead was never threatened. Key stat – Lions dominated the glass, out-rebounding their hosts 49-37. That included a huge 20 offensive rebounds from which they scored 23 second chance points, with Urysla Cotton grabbing six of those and Ijeoma Ofamata adding four off the bench. Game hero(es) – Loren Christie dominated the scoring with 26 points including 5-8 (62%) three-pointers, while Urysla Cotton had a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Newcastle Eagles emerged 72-68 victors over Durham Palatinates in an overtime north east derby thriller. The win keeps Eagles in contention for the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals whilst Durham host Caledonia tomorrow. Leading scorers – Kalina Axentieva 19, Steph Gandy 18, Kara Bonenberger 14 (Eagles) – Hannah Ottewill-Soulsby 17, Rhianna Mae Laing 17, Theairra Taylor 14 (Palatinates) Turning point – With six minutes remaining of the fourth period, Durham were trailing by double-digits until a 12-0 run saw them bring it back level, and with seconds remaining on the clock Hannah Ottewill-Soulsby converted a pair of free throws to take the game into overtime. The teams traded leads through overtime but it was a Kalina Axentieva three pointer, followed by a Durham turnover, which sealed the deal for Newcastle. Key stat – Newcastle’s bench came out all cylinders firing, with 26 points coming from their bench, led by Steph Gandy’s 18. Game hero(es) – Kalina Axentieva racked up 19 points and she was assisted by a key double-double performance from Kara Bonenberger, with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Sevenoaks Suns 83-54 BA London Lions (13-10,31-27,59-41)
One of the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals will be a repeat of last year’s showpiece Final after Sevenoaks Suns stormed their way into the last four of the competition. They turned up the dial in their south-east derby clash with Lions and will now face holders Leicester Riders in the next phase. Leading scorers – Jess Good 19, Renee Busch 17, Janice Monakana 15 (Suns); Ijeoma Ofomata 19, Urysla Cotton 14, Lavinia Da Silva 5 (Lions) Turning point – Sevenoaks came out a different team after the break and Lions couldn’t cope with the intensity being cranked up. Key stat – Having held Suns to just 13 points in the first period, the Lions let the game get away from them hen they gave up 28 in that fateful third quarter. Game hero(es) – The shooting of Renee Busch was critical after she dropped five triples for her 17 points.
The WBBL Trophy holders Leicester Riders will continue the defence of their precious silverware after completing a double over Oaklands Wolves in their Group. The result punched their ticket to the last four of the competition where they will not meet last year’s fellow Finalists, Sevenoaks Suns. Leading scorers – Brea Elmore 20, Jen Ahston 19, Kate Oliver 15 (Riders); Anneke Schluter 21, Roya Rustamzada 17. Tia Freeman 14 (Wolves). Turning point – This wasn’t appplicable, since Riders imposed themselves from the first period onwards. They were always on top. Key stat – Riders dominated inside and managed to out-score Wolves 58-40 in terms of points in the paint. Game hero(es) – There were several, with Kate Oliver grabbing a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, Brea Elmore showing out with 20 points and 10 assists, while Jen Ashton shot 77% en-route to her 19 points.
Durham Palatinates 81-71 Caledonia Pride (17-18, 48-33, 68-54)
Less than 24 hours after the setback of losing a hard fought overtime derby with Eagles, the Durham Palatinates resurrected their Semi-Final hopes by beating Caledonia Pride. Durham started slowly, but never looked back after taking control just before half-time to continue their impressive recent record on their home floor. Leading scorers – Rudiane Eduardo 21, Betsy Macdonald 16, Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby 14 (Palatinates); Alix Henderson 22, Tia Weledji 15, Hannah Robb 10 (Pride) Turning point – Durham shifted up the gears in the second quarter and Caledonia were left trailing after a devastating 16-4 burst from the hosts that put them on the path to victory. Key stat – Durham shot the ball nicely from long-range, with 8 of 17 a difference-maker in the contest. Game hero(es) – Eduardo shot the ball really well and her 9 of 14 from the floor for 21 points, plus 8 rebounds was the highlight. Ottewill-Soulsby brought the noise wih a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards.
Nottingham Wildcats 73-83 Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (24-27, 40-46, 55-66)
With one piece of silverware already banked by way of the WBBL Cup this season, Hatters are moving towards taking their second. Vanessa Ellis and her team made a statement of intent with a big win at Wildcats to stay unbeaten in their Group and are on the verge of making the Trophy Semi-Finals. Leading scorers – Chelsey Shumpert 32, Jasmine Joyner 18, Michelle Bradley 6 (Wildcats); Sarah Toeaina 26, Helen Naylor 22, Allison Gorrell 16 (Hatters) Turning point – Scoring the last 10 points of the first half shifted the momentum firmly in the favour of the visitors. Key stat – Hatters played with great control and kept turnovers down, while the shot a deadly 52% from two-point range. Game hero(es) – As usual, Sarah Toeaina led Hatters with a super 71% shooting effort for her 26 points – as well as adding 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Helen Naylor also netted a nice 22 points. Meanwhile Jasmine Joyner was unfortunate to be on the losing side with a mammoth 18 points and 19 boards for Wildcats – as was Chelsey Shumpert with 32 points.
The versatile Eduardo makes our starting five for the first time in her WBBL career after she helped Durham to bounce back from derby disappointment on Tyneside to rack up a pivotal victory at home against Pride. She was too hot to handle for Caledonia as she led Palatinates to victory with a stylish 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Evelyn Ovner (Manchester Mystics)
The Mystics took their first win in the Trophy with a fruitful offensive effort last Saturday against Nottingham. Ovner was at the heart of the triumph as she showcased her range of skills and power with an eye-catching double-double. The forward finished the contest with 22 points and 14 rebounds, also grabbing a couple of steals.
Jess Good (Sevenoaks Suns)
Sevenoaks Suns are into the Trophy Semi-Finals after shifting up a gear during the second-half of their clash at home to BA London Lions. Good did the business for Suns and was a driving force in them reaching the last four of the competition as she netted a near double-double of 19 points and 9 rebounds, along with 2 steals and 2 assists.
Sarah Toeaina (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters) There is no stopping January’s Molten Player of the Month who continues to dominate. Toeaina propelled Hatters to the brink of the Trophy Semi-Finals by taking down Nottingham Wildcats with another jaw-dropping line. She made 71% from the field for 26 points, pulled down 9 boards and dished up 5 assists to become the first player to land 6 All-Star starting appearances this season.
Off the bench – Loren Christie (BA London Lions), Jasmine Joyner (Nottingham Wildcats), Robyn Lewis (Cardiff Met Archers), Kara Bonenberger (Newcastle Eagles), Alix Henderson (Caledonia Pride), Georgia Jones (Manchester Mystics),Chelsey Shumpert (Nottingham Wildcats).
24 ... and to think, ... I was just happy we won at Brighton !! ... 12 years and the dream still continues !!
rutlandrider: Riders have released Phil Leonard- was on a temporary contract apparently.
Nov 14, 2017 16:04:38 GMT
chickenbroncitis: a good result to beat the sharks. Hopefully Lions getting rid of that coach will give us a good play off push and put us in the mix with the Eagles and Riders where we should be
Jan 7, 2018 23:32:15 GMT
gonk: March madness bracket competition - see sticky for details
Mar 8, 2018 21:23:43 GMT
ballerman: And there's our problem. You really only care about your own club. The Leicester cheer leader only cares about the competition his team plays in.
Jul 8, 2018 7:36:46 GMT
ballerman: Yesterday at the regional development tournament, there was no West Midlands girls team and the East beat the North East 60-0. The North East have TWO WBBL teams and a number of national teams coaches. But if you read the BE report, it's a fantastic even
Jul 8, 2018 7:38:32 GMT
ballerman: Fiddling and Rome burning come to mind
Jul 8, 2018 7:38:47 GMT
roc23: Niem Stevenson is now a RIDER!
Jul 8, 2018 15:44:25 GMT
sporty: latest from the local newspaper
Aug 9, 2018 11:27:23 GMT
oddi: Andre Drummond WENDELL CARTER Lonnie Walker Sabons Inghram Huerter Ball Booker Mitchell Fox Bogdanovic Swanigan
Sept 17, 2018 11:02:54 GMT
Solly: "I thought it was a great day out, and it appeared like those around me (basketball fans new and old) did too. And for the haters, it’s back to proper basketball now… and everything that comes with it… smaller crowds, no television coverage etc. etc."
Oct 15, 2018 14:54:19 GMT