There were wins for Nottingham Wildcats, Oaklands Wolves and Durham Palatinates on Saturday as the trio all booked their place in the Quarter-Finals of the WBBL Cup.
Nottingham Wildcats eased out Caledonia Pride 76-53 to take a home victory that was founded on another strong showing by forward Jasmine Joyner. She finished the contest with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Chelsey Shumpert handed out 10 assists. The defeat was tough on Stella Fouraki who poured in 27 points for the visitors.
Oaklands Wolves needed overtime to despatch BA London Lions 68-67 in a dramatic south-east derby match-up. Anneke Schluter and Lizzy Harrison both hit clutch three-pointers deep in the extra period to land the hosts a nail-biting success.
Meanwhile Durham Palatinates soared into the last eight of the competition with a one-sided 87-57 win against Essex Rebels. Dee Hayward impressed with an excellent 24 points, 8 boards, 5 assists and 4 steals as Durham celebrated victory at their new venue.
WBBL Cup (All Games)
Nottingham Wildcats 76-53 Caledonia Pride (23-19, 46-30, 54-42) (Wildcats – Joyner 21, Russell 12, Rose 11; Pride – Fouraki 27, Doherty 9, Robb 6)
Brea Elmore – Leicester Riders What better way to start than to talk about our first triple-double of the campaign as the classy Elmore lit it up for Riders in their win against Cardiff Met Archers. The guard finished the contest with a brilliant 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to set the bar for everyone else to follow.
Ta’Yani Clark – Sevenoaks Suns Another all-action player who contributes relentlessly across all categories, Clark was her usual influential self and flirted with her own double-double for Suns against Eagles. She sent her team into the Trophy Semi-Finals with an eye-catching 8 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.
Jasmine Joyner – Nottingham Wildcats The standout player for Wildcats last season and one of the stars of the league, you can press the repeat button if her amazing two showings at Opening Weekend are anything to go by. Joyner had the highest efficiency rating of a sky-high 37 in both outings. The pick was probably 22 points, 19 boards and 4 blocks in the victory against Mystics.
Kara Elderkin – Palatinates Another player who crushed it on the glass, Elderkin racked up a monstrous double-double in Durham’s opening day success against Essex Rebels. She took over the show with a massive 17 points and eye-popping 21 rebounds – as well as handing out 3 assists for the north-east side.
Kate Oliver – Leicester Riders A familiar face in our starting five from past seasons, Oliver was her usual tower of strength for Riders as she imposed herself on both game during Opening Weekend. She was particularly impressive against Cardiff as she harvested a double-double of 17 points and 11 boards – plus 4 assists, 2 steals and a block.
Off the bench – Sam Roscoe (Manchester Mystics), Lauren Milligan (Oaklands Wolves), Cat Carr (Sevenoaks Suns), Abby Rendle (Essex Rebels), Helen Naylor (Petermans Sheffield Hatters), Stella Fouraki (Caledonia Pride), Lisa Koop (Newcastle Eagles).
Newcastle Eagles soared past Cardiff Met Archers on Sunday afternoon as they breezed their way into the last eight of the WBBL Cup.
They were too strong for the visitors as they completed a commanding 95-44 success thanks to a super team effort, which saw four players post double-digit scoring returns. Mante Kvederaviciute impressed with a game-high 24 points, also adding 8 boards and 5 assists. Meanwhile Anja Fuchs-Robetin finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles join Durham Palatinates, Nottingham Wildcats, Oaklands Wolves, Leicester Riders, Sevenoaks Suns, Petermans Sheffield Hatters and Manchester Mystics in the last eight.
The draw for the WBBL Cup Quarter-Finals, along with the draw for the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals will be made live on the WBBL Facebook channel tomorrow, Monday 6 October at 6pm. It will be hosted by Dan Routledge and the balls will be drawn by Siobhan Prior and WBBL Chair Jim Saker.