Nottingham Wildcats, Sevenoaks Suns, Manchester Mystics and Cardiff Met Archers all won on Sunday as the WBBL Trophy action continued. Last week's Cup champions, Manchester, were given a late scare by Caledonia Pride before holding on for a 50-59 success as Dominique Allen tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Nottingham bounced back with a 66-70 victory away at Team Northumbria with the visitors also having to hold off a late surge from their opponents to prevail. Cardiff came... [read more]
Nottingham Wildcats, Sevenoaks Suns, Manchester Mystics and Cardiff Met Archers all won on Sunday as the WBBL Trophy action continued.
Last week's Cup champions, Manchester, were given a late scare by Caledonia Pride before holding on for a 50-59 success as Dominique Allen tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Nottingham bounced back with a 66-70 victory away at Team Northumbria with the visitors also having to hold off a late surge from their opponents to prevail.
Cardiff came from nine points down at the half to beat Oaklands Wolves 56-59 with Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) netting 24 points, while Sevenoaks produced a strong final quarter to defeat Leicester Riders 68-76 away from home.
Sevenoaks Suns responded from yesterday's agonising overtime defeat in their WBBL Trophy opener by claiming their first win in a 68-76 success at Leicester Riders.
The home side gained control heading into the last 10 minutes, but a 10-25 fourth quarter effort from Sevenoaks sealed the victory on the road.
Sevenoaks had four players in double digits in the win with Gabriele Nikinitaite leading the way with a 19-point haul and a further 17 points from Cat Carr.
The Riders began to break ahead in the first quarter as they led 16-7, but it was always going to be a close battle between two strong sides.
A three from Mollie Campbell made it a 10-point game prior to a 16-4 reply from the Suns but the Riders re-gained the edge with new signing Erika Livermore making an immediate impression with nine points and eight boards at the half.
The game was tied early in the third before the Riders went on an 11-0 run to seize the upper-hand ahead of the final quarter. However, the Suns compiled a 14-2 run to take the lead at 61-65.
Leicester quickly levelled but Carr capped a timely 7-0 run with a three and Sevenoaks were able to secure an important victory in the South.
Alex Smith top scored with 23 points and added 12 rebounds in the loss, while Livermore also finished with a double-double on debut.
WBBL Trophy, North Group Team Northumbria 66 (13,25,46) (Gorrell 26, Fong Lyew Quee 17, Bonnenberger 13) Nottingham Wildcats 70 (21,44,55) (Harris 22, Prior 12, Hebert 8)
Nottingham Wildcats bounced back from successive losses to record a 66-70 win away at Team Northumbria in the WBBL Trophy.
After losing last week's Cup Final, the Wildcats lost their opening North Group clash with Sheffield yesterday, but were quick to rectify the loss by improving to 1-1.
Ashley Harris top scored once again for the Wildcats with 22 points, while Laurent Hebert provided an all-round contribution with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the win.
The Wildcats were quick out of the blocks with an 8-1 opening to set the tone for their first half control - leading by as many as 10 in the first quarter. A 9-0 run in the second established a 16-point gap and after a brief rally from the hosts, Nottingham moved into the half-time break up 19.
Northumbria still faced a large deficit with three minutes to go in the third but a 9-0 run cut the gap down to single figures to give themselves hope heading into the final 10 minutes.
The lead was whittled down to five as Nottingham were held scoreless for almost five minutes before regaining their composure at a critical time and Siobhan Prior landed a dagger three with her side able to hold on down the stretch.
Alison Gorrell tallied 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the TN resistance, but they were unable to get off to a winning start in the competition.
WBBL Trophy, South Group Oaklands Wolves 56 (16,33,42) (Fleming 18, Nelson 14, Charles 8) Cardiff Met Archers 59 (7,24,47) (Wagstaff 24, Shanahan 10, Lipp 7)
Cardiff Met Archers secured an opening 56-59 victory over Oaklands Wolves in the WBBL Trophy after coming from nine points down at half-time.
Sarah Wagstaff led the way with a game-high of 24 points in the absence of Judit Fritz as the Archers put together a strong third quarter before holding on for the win.
The home side made a strong start with a 12-4 opening and held their opponents to single figures in the first quarter. Oaklands' lead would remain at nine going into the half-time break with Ashton Fleming leading all scorers with 13 points.
However, Cardiff came out firing in the second half and took the lead with a dominant 15-4 spell but Oaklands responded to lead 42-41. The Archers then finished the third with back-to-back triples before opening the fourth with a further 8-0 run to extend the gap to 13 points.
A late rally saw Oaklands reduce the deficit to just three points inside the final minute, but their comeback effort fell short as Cardiff celebrated the win.
WBBL Trophy, North Group Caledonia Pride 50 (11,24,32) (Oakes 16, Bastian 11, Thomson 9) Manchester Mystics 59 (13,30,49) (Allen 16, Browne 15, Jones 12)
Manchester Mystics held off a late rally from Caledonia Pride to record an opening 50-59 success in the WBBL Trophy.
Last week's Cup Final MVP Dominique Allen led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds with Georgia Jones handing out nine assists to go with 12 points.
Natalie Bastian scored five points in a 9-2 start for Caledonia, but the visitors responded and edged ahead by the end of the opening period with a 10-0 run across quarters.
The gap extended to six points by half-time before Manchester pushed clear in the third quarter with a 13-2 burst capped by a triple from Jones to make it 26-45.
Pride were down 17 ahead of the final quarter, but cut the gap with 12 unanswered points with less than three minutes remaining. Amy Browne snapped a six-minute drought for the Mystics and they were able to hold on for victory.
Tricia Oakes posted a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards to pace Pride, but their valiant effort fell short in search of a maiden win.
Leicester Riders have bolstered their roster for the remainder of the season by adding American frontcourt star Erika Livermore(185-C-93). The Farleigh Dickinson University graduate averaged more than 16 points and eight rebounds per game during her Senior season and it's not surprising Riders' head coach Matt Harber is thrilled with his new recruit. He said: "We're really excited to have Erika join our team just before we get underway in the WBBL Trophy competition! 'Erika had a terr... [read more]
Leicester Riders have bolstered their roster for the remainder of the season by adding American frontcourt star Erika Livermore (185-C-93).
The Farleigh Dickinson University graduate averaged more than 16 points and eight rebounds per game during her Senior season and it's not surprising Riders' head coach Matt Harber is thrilled with his new recruit.
He said: "We're really excited to have Erika join our team just before we get underway in the WBBL Trophy competition!
'Erika had a terrific career at FDU and I'm sure she will translate very well to the WBBL and the brand of basketball we play here at the Riders.'
Livermore will make her debut in tonight's WBBL Trophy game at home to Sevenoaks Suns.
The WBBL Trophy got underway on Saturday night, with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters in pursuit of a third consecutive crown and Sevenoaks Suns hosting Barking Abbey Crusaders in a South East derby. The Hatters scored a crucial win in the North Group, beating the league-leading Nottingham Wildcats - whom they also beat in the 2015 final of this competition - by 82-72 as Georgia Gayle(170-PG-97) posted 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, in the South Group, Crusaders... [read more]
The WBBL Trophy got underway on Saturday night, with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters in pursuit of a third consecutive crown and Sevenoaks Suns hosting Barking Abbey Crusaders in a South East derby.
The Hatters scored a crucial win in the North Group, beating the league-leading Nottingham Wildcats - whom they also beat in the 2015 final of this competition - by 82-72 as Georgia Gayle (170-PG-97) posted 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Meanwhile, in the South Group, Crusaders came through overtime to beat Suns 71-69 as Diana Naydenova-Goryanova and Charlotte Ellmore scored the crucial baskets in the extra period.
WBBL Trophy, North Group Nottingham Wildcats 72 (12,31,50) (Harris 22, Hebert 19, Prior 13) Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 82 (20,44,61) (Gandy 22, Gayle 22, Naylor 18)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters got their defence of the WBBL Trophy off to the best possible start with a crucial 82-72 road win over the league-leading Nottingham Wildcats. Georgia Gayle (22), Steph Gandy (22) and Helen Naylor (18) combined for three quarter of Sheffield's points, with Gayle posting the most impressive numbers by adding eight rebounds and six assists.
Hatters are in pursuit of a third consecutive Trophy crown, and had won both of the previous meetings between these formidable rivals in this competition, including the 2015 final.
And they got off to a fast start in this game, leading from the early stages and throughout as Gayle scored nine first quarter points, including two free-throws to make it 17-8 after six straight points. She added another five in an 11-3 surge to open the second stanza, and Hatters led 31-15.
Wildcats - coming into the game on the back of a defeat in last week's WBBL Cup Final - could get no closer until the fourth quarter, when Joana Ferreira and Siobhan Prior hit three-pointers to narrow the gap to 63-57.
But Naylor kept them at arm's length, immediately responding with a triple of her own; and when she added another shortly after, the lead was back out to 71-61 inside the last four minutes and there was no way back for the hosts.
It was a third straight win for the Hatters, but only a second in the last six meetings against Nottingham.
WBBL Trophy, South Group Sevenoaks Suns 69 (8,22,40,53) (Nikitinaite 29, Carr 14, Pedersen 11) Barking Abbey Crusaders 71 (15,28,44,53) (Gaskin 15, Naydenova-Goryanova 15, Ellmore 13) After overtime
Barking Abbey Crusaders got their WBBL Trophy campaign off to a winning start with a narrow 71-69 overtime defeat of Sevenoaks Suns, led by a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds from Christina Gaskin.
The last four games between these South East rivals - currently fifth and sixth in the WBBL Championship - had all been settled by single figures, and this game would prove to be the closest yet.
It was the visiting Crusaders who had the better of a low-scoring first half between the second and third best defensive sides in the WBBL, taking a 15-6 lead on a burst of nine unanswered points. Zoe Willis hit a three-pointer in that run, and Savannah Wilkinson added four as the hosts were scoreless for four minutes. And they were up by as many as 13 when Charlotte Ellmore's triple made it 28-15.
But Suns finished the half well, with Gabriele Nikitinaite scoring all of the last seven points to narrow the gap, and she carried that momentum into the third period, scoring four more as Suns got back to within one point.
Crusaders looked to have won the game when Diana Naydenova-Goryanova scored from long range with five minutes to play, making it 52-46. But the hosts clamped down on defence and finished with a 7-1 push, levelling with 18 seconds left after Catherine Carr's 'and-one' and a pair of free-throws from Anne Pedersen.
The extra period was uncharacteristic of the rest of the game, as it became a three-point shoot-out, with six made in just five minutes. Nikitinaite made two for the hosts, initially, and they were still in front when Renee Busch connected.
But Naydenova-Goryanova made two of her own, giving Crusaders a 67-66 lead inside the final minute, before Ellmore settled the game from the free-throw line, making 4/4 in the last 30 seconds
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