Serbian U16 National Team posted the second straight win over Great Britain in test series in Loznica. Aleksandra Crvendakic (188-F/C-96) came up with 11 points to pace the winners. Serbia outscored their opponents 17:13 in the first quarter. The margin grew in the second term. Serbia ensured a 33:22 halftime lead. The hosts limited Great Britain to just 6 points in the third frame. Serbia accumulated a 17-point lead before the fourth stanza and did not look back en route to the victory. Jovana Subasic (187-PF-96) provided 9 points for the hosts. Katarina Zec (178-G-97) and Zeljka Petkovic (188-C-96) added 8 points each for the winners. Mederment answered with 15 points for Great Britain. Adebaje had 10 points in the loss.
There were important movements in the WBBL Championship table as Sevenoaks Suns and Cardiff Met Archers scored crucial wins and won important head-to-heads. Suns are up to fourth after winning 79-71 on the road at Leicester Riders, with whom they currently share that league position. Catherine Carr put in the performance of the day with 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Suns dominated early on. Meanwhile, Archers, in eighth, strengthened their grip on a Play-off spot as they... [read more]
There were important movements in the WBBL Championship table as Sevenoaks Suns and Cardiff Met Archers scored crucial wins and won important head-to-heads.
Suns are up to fourth after winning 79-71 on the road at Leicester Riders, with whom they currently share that league position. Catherine Carr put in the performance of the day with 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Suns dominated early on.
Meanwhile, Archers, in eighth, strengthened their grip on a Play-off spot as they edged the ninth-placed Caledonia Pride 73-71 in South Wales, with Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) scoring 23 points.
WBBL Championship Cardiff Met Archers 73 (21,41,59) (Wagstaff 23, Collins 16, Fritz 15) Caledonia Pride 71 (19,41,61) (Bastian 19, Oakes 14, Mackie/Thomson 13)
Cardiff Met Archers have scored a crucial win in the WBBL Championship Play-off race, as the league's eighth-placed side edged Caledonia Pride, in ninth, 73-71. It also gives them the head-to-head, after they beat their Scottish rivals in overtime earlier in the campaign.
Sarah Wagstaff led the Archers, with 23 points, as they snapped a run of three straight league defeats since that previous win over Pride; and she was supported by a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds from Judit Fritz.
Not surprisingly, the teams could barely be separated throughout, with seven being the biggest lead of the game. There were eight lead changes in the first quarter, as Fritz scored 10 of her points, and Archers edged in front when Wagstaff hit six early points in the second stanza, 27-21.
And, despite the visitors getting back in front after Sarah Thomson scored four in an 8-2 run, Archers still looked strong at the start of the third quarter when Wagstaff added another five straight points for 52-45. She scored 12 of her team's points in a row, including three triples in a five minute spell.
But the game was destined to be tight down the stretch, and Pride snatched the lead back heading into the fourth quarter when Natalie Bastian scored five in a 9-0 burst and her buzzer-beating three made the score 61-59.
There were four early lead changes in the decisive period, before Fritz tied the game at 67 with a three-pointer. Wagstaff put Archers up for good inside the final three minutes, and they had a cushion at 73-69 when Stef Collins added to that.
Pride had a chance to tie the game on the buzzer, but Bastian couldn't score under significant pressure.
Sevenoaks Suns have cracked the top four of the WBBL Championship after beating the previously fourth-placed Leicester Riders 79-71 on the road on Saturday.
It is a fourth win in the last five league games for Sevenoaks, and a third consecutive win in Leicester over the last two years. Suns now take a share of fourth, but have the head-to-head with Riders as this margin exceeds that by they were beaten earlier in the season.
And Suns were in control from the outset, as Renee Busch and Catherine Carr hit early three-pointers, before a burst of 12 unanswered points, Busch hitting another triple and Carr adding four more, made the score 26-12. In this battle between two of the league's three best defences, Riders had already conceded more than half of their full game average.
It only got better for the visitors before the half, as Busch and Carr hit further triples in another surge of 10 points to put the lead at 44-24. Suns - the second worst three-point shooters in the WBBL, usually 20% - had hit 80% by the break, with Busch (4) and Carr (3) on 7/7 between them.
Riders did recover, and made one big push as they dominated the third period, 24-10, when Erin McGarrachan initially hit five in a row in a 9-2 run, and that was followed by an 11-0 push as Alex Smith, Harriet Swindells and Holly Winterburn scored three-pointers. Riders got as close as 59-55.
But Carr and Anne Pedersen settled the Suns with the opening scores of the fourth, before Carr added another three-pointer in what became a 9-2 run over the break, and the lead was back out to 68-57, proving enough for Suns to keep their hosts at arm's length.
Carr was the star performer, with an enormous haul of 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
Sevenoaks Suns impress live on BBC Sport on Friday night with a convincing win against Cardiff Met Archers as the WBBL Championship action resumed. WBBL Championship Sevenoaks Suns 81 (22,41,62) (Pedersen 23, Nikitinaite 16, Carr 14) Cardiff Met Archers 47 (9,21,38) (Fritz 19, Wagstaff/Shanahan 8) Sevenoaks Suns produced a dominant display in front of the BBC Sport cameras as they defeated Cardiff Met Archers 81-47 at Surrey Sports Park. Anne Pedersen(185-G/F-92, college: LSU) top scor... [read more]
Sevenoaks Suns impress live on BBC Sport on Friday night with a convincing win against Cardiff Met Archers as the WBBL Championship action resumed.
It's back to WBBL Championship action this weekend with seven games to savour, including tonight's BBC Sport match-up between Sevenoaks Suns and Cardiff Met Archers. The home side are hoping they can continue another positive campaign, with rising star Daniela Lozzi(178-G-99) eager to highlight the improvements she has made with Sevenoaks during the past 12 months. 'I feel I've come a long way since last season and have been making some good plays and getting good stats,' she said. 'De... [read more]
It's back to WBBL Championship action this weekend with seven games to savour, including tonight's BBC Sport match-up between Sevenoaks Suns and Cardiff Met Archers.
The home side are hoping they can continue another positive campaign, with rising star Daniela Lozzi (178-G-99) eager to highlight the improvements she has made with Sevenoaks during the past 12 months.
'I feel I've come a long way since last season and have been making some good plays and getting good stats,' she said.
'Defensively, I think I've really stepped up, but my offensive game is what has really changed the most, as I've become much more confident in my own ability.
'As a team, we just keep improving. We've really started to gel together and bringing in Renee Busch has had a hugely positive impact - she has been a perfect fit with our squad and has helped boost our team's progression and performance.
'For both Suns and the WBBL, playing this game on BBC Sport creates an exposure we haven't had before. It's great for women's basketball to finally be receiving the recognition it deserves, and hopefully this will attract new fans and potentially even encourage participation.
'On an individual level, I feel privileged to be able to play the sport that I love on national television, and I'm excited to see what it brings,' continued Lozzi.
'Looking at the last performance of Archers, where they took Barking to double overtime with [Judit] Fritz top scoring with 40 points, we know that the key to winning is our defence.
'We aim to contain their main offensive threats and limit their scoring opportunities whilst exploiting mismatches down the other end and making the most of each possession,' concluded the teenager.
Suns will also travel to Leicester Riders tomorrow afternoon, with Archers making the trip back home to Wales as they host Caledonia Pride.
Sunday sees four match-ups, with Pride no doubt eyeing up a historic first win as they go to fellow strugglers Oaklands Wolves.
The other three games are all repeats of last weekend's Trophy clashes, with Barking Abbey Crusaders entertaining Riders, Team Northumbria tussling with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters and Nottingham Wildcats facing Manchester Mystics.
The BBC Sport game tonight between Suns and Archers is at 5pm and can be viewed free worldwide via the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport App and on Connected TV.
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