It was all eyes on the WBBL Cup First Round over the weekend and there were plenty of performances to get excited about.
Dee Hayward – Durham Palatinates A one-sided victory for the Palatinates was led by Hayward with a stunning all-action line in the Cup meeting against Essex. She torched Rebels with 24 points and also added 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals on a memorable first home outing with her new team.
Mante Kvederaviciute – Newcastle Eagles A massive performance was posted by Kvederaviciute for the Eagles against the visiting Cardiff and so much so, her performance valuation of 35 gets her Player of the Week. It was attained after a stellar 26 points from 68% shooting, 8 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals – superb for someone returning from an injury.
Anja Fuchs-Robetin – Newcastle Eagles The other player who lit up the Eagles Community Arena on Sunday afternoon, Fuchs-Robetin was immense for the hosts. Her double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds helped to pace the Eagles’ victory against Archers, and she also recorded a very nice 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.
Jasmine Joyner – Nottingham Wildcats It’s successive starting slots for Joyner after the Wildcats’ forward posted yet another monumental display for the third consecutive game. She was the inspiration behind a big win against Pride as she collected 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and an amazing 6 blocks.
Mollie Campbell – Palatinates While her team-mate was doing it in the backcourt, Campbell locked down her first All-Star Five slot of the season with a sparkling display in the paint. She garnered an impressive 11 points, 14 boards, 4 assists and a block against the Rebels.
Off the bench – Anneke Schluter (Oaklands Wolves), Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee (Durham Palatinates), Stella Fouraki (Caledonia Pride), Sadie Russell (Nottingham Wildcats), Viktoria Ivanova (BA London Lions), Lizzy Harrison (Oaklands Wolves), Chelsey Shumpert (Nottingham Wildcats).
Manchester Mystics and Sevenoaks Suns became the first two teams to record Championship points with victories on the opening day of the 2019-20 league season.
Manchester made light work of Cardiff Met Archers to take a home 83-61 victory, thanks to the production of Sam Roscoe. The forward scored an efficient 29 points and added seven rebounds.
Elsewhere, Sevenoaks came out on top with an impressive 83-64 win at home against Leicester Riders – in what could prove a crucial early victory against a tough title rival. The defending league champions were led by a game-high 23 points from Janice Monakana, alongside 20 points and 10 rebounds from Renee Busch and Ta’yani Clark’s six points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists.
WBBL Championship (All Games)
Manchester Mystics 83–61 Cardiff Met Archers (15-8, 38-26, 69-42)
Durham Palatinates and Nottingham Wildcats both earned wins on the first Sunday of the 2019-20 Championship season.
Durham triumphed on the road against Essex Rebels 79-65 to record a third victory of the season over the same opposition – having already beaten them in the Trophy and Cup. Durham’s attack was spearheaded by 18 points each from Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee, Dee Hayward and Kara Elderkin.
There was further cause for celebration for Durham as Hayward reached 1000 career WBBL Championship points.
In the day’s only other contest, Nottingham enjoyed more success over Caledonia Pride – following a victory against them last weekend in the Cup – to claim a 75-58 win in Edinburgh. The visitors enjoyed a productive afternoon behind the strong play of Jasmine Joyner. The forward poured in 21 points and added 18 rebounds.
Elsewhere, Peterman FLT Sheffield Hatters’ planned clash with Oaklands Wolves was postponed due to a medical emergency. The Oaklands academy player involved is stable in hospital with family.
Our thoughts go to the player and her family at this time. An announcement with further details on the fixture will be made in due course.
Our newest line-up features a player who continues her 100% appearance record this season.
Dee Hayward – Durham Palatinates It’s consecutive All-Star Five berths for the Durham guard after Hayward starred in their road win at Essex. She sunk 18 points, which took her past a significant landmark of 1,000 career points in the Championship. She also added 8 rebounds and 5 assists for good measure.
Ta’Yani Clark – Sevenoaks Suns The Suns made a serious statement of intent as they stormed to a win against arch rivals Leicester and it was Clark who was at the heart of the success. She pulled the strings to hand out a WBBL season high 13 assists, plus an outstanding 13 rebounds and 8 points.
Renee Busch – Sevenoaks Suns The shooting guard lands in our line-up after also helping Suns to take down Riders. Her offensive punch landed a significant blow as Busch finished with a terrific 20 points. She dropped five triples and also completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Samantha Roscoe – Manchester Mystics It’s a first spot of the season for Roscoe in our starting five as the forward helped Mystics take a Championship victory at the first time of asking. She posted an excellent 29 points and 8 rebounds against Archers – the highest individual score by any player so far.
Jasmine Joyner – Nottingham Wildcats Yes, it’s the hat-trick for the Nottingham star as Joyner put up yet another incredible display to claim her third appearance of the campaign and seal another Player of the Week accolade. She was devastating in the win against Pride with a jaw-dropping 21 points and 18 boards.
Off the bench – Janice Monakana (Sevenoaks Suns), Kara Elderkin (Durham Palatinates), Beth Sarson (Essex Rebels), Dom Allen (Manchester Mystics), Hannah Robb (Caledonia Pride), Simone Costa (Nottingham Wildcats), Kate Oliver (Leicester Riders).