It took Essex Rebels the whole of their rookie season to rack up three league wins during 2019-20, but this time they have achieved the feat by the second week of January. They celebrated an exciting 66-63 win against Cardiff Met Archers and are now knocking on the door of the Play-Offs. Jessy Ward starred with an all-action 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
Caledonia Pride doubled their win tally for the season as they beat fellow strugglers BA London Lions 57-49 on the road to condemn their rivals to an unwanted 0-10 record. Stella Fouraki and Hannah Robb did the business as they led the way with 18 and 16 points respectively.
Durham Palatinates moved into a positive account and 5-4 for the season in the WBBL Championship after completing a crushing 82-37 success against Oaklands Wolves. Claire Paxton and Kara Elderkin shared 36 points, with the latter making 87% from the floor and completing a double-double with 12 boards.
There were four games on a busy Sunday afternoon of action, with the leading teams taking vital wins to continue the momentum of a red-hot title race.
Sevenoaks Suns and Newcastle Eagles have still only suffered one loss, with the former prospering from 20 points and 8 assists from Cat Carr as they eased past Manchester Mystics 69-59.
The Eagles had a dramatic contest against Nottingham Wildcats and squeezed out a thrilling 70-66 success, with a string of excellent individual performances.
Giulia Simioni had 18 points and also 6 assists as she passed 300 in her WBBL career. Meanwhile Georgia Ohrdorf and Mante Kvederaviciute made some noise with 19 and 17 points respectively. The defeat was tough on Jasmine Joyner who had 26 points and 13 boards in defeat.
Leicester Riders are still looking well set and improved to 9-2 after completing a 96-65 triumph at Essex Rebels. They were too strong for the hosts and took the victory thanks mainly to Brea Elmore, who had a standout double-double of 18 points and 10 assists.
Finally, FLT Peterman Sheffield Hatters are making moves as they try to play catch-up having had an early season wobble.
They showed their teeth with a huge 91-56 win against Oaklands as Molten WBBL Player of the Month for December, Asha Thomas continued her rich vein of form with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.
WBBL Championship (All Games)
Sevenoaks Suns 69-59 Manchester Mystics (17-12,34-25,52-40) (Suns – Cat Carr 20, Judit Fritz 13, Irene Garrido-Perez 12; Mystics – Sara Djassi 15, Sam Roscoe 14, Dom Allen 11)
The race to the top of our leaderboard for the most appearances is continuing to hot up.
Asha Thomas (FLT Peterman Sheffield Hatters) There’s no stopping the Hatters’ backcourt general right now and she was the star figure for her team as they crushed Oaklands Wolves. She racked up 23 points from 66% shooting and also came up with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Brea Elmore (Leicester Riders) It’s Player of the Week status for the guard as she keeps the baton in the Riders camp, taking it from teammate Kate Oliver. Elmore showed her class in the win at Rebels by contributing a stellar double-double of 18 points and 10 assists.
Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns) The second half of the season is where Carr normally slips up a gear and it’s one that few opponents can live with. She excelled in the hard-fought victory against Mystics as she made a splash with an influential 20 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
Kara Elderkin (Durham Palatinates) You have push the rewind button all the way back to opening weekend for the last appearance as a starter for Elderkin. She was a difference-maker in the home success against Oaklands with a fruitful 14 points from 87% shooting and 12 rebounds.
Kate Oliver (Leicester Riders) She might not take the Player of the Week honour this time, but it is three appearances in a row for Oliver, who is now just 2 behind season leader Jasmine Joyner. The centre torched Rebels for 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
Off the bench – Jasmine Joyner (Nottingham Wildcats), Hannah Robb (Caledonia Pride), Jessy Ward (Essex Rebels), Claire Paxton (Durham Palatinates), Giulia Simioni (Newcastle Eagles), Rheanne Bailey (Manchester Mystics), Robyn Lewis (Cardiff Met Archers).