Julie Page is a newcomer at Sheffield Hatters - Nov 4, 2012
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City of Sheffield Hatters (EBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old British international power forward Julie Page (188-83, college: E.Washington). She played most recently at Energa Torun in Polish PLKK. In 31 games last season she recorded 13.9ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLKK 2nd Team. Pages team won German DBBL Cup in 2008. She received also Eurobasket.com All-German DBBL Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2008. Page represented United Kingdom at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) this year. Her stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT-1(66.7%), FT: 63.6%. Page has played also professionally in France (Villeneuve DAscq and Aix-en-Provence), Italy (Ribera) and Germany (TV Saarlouis Royals). She attended Eastern Washington University until 2006 and it will be her seventh season in pro basketball.
Mystic continue fine start t the season WBBL Championship Manchester Mystics 74 (23,38,58) (Browne/Jones 17, Welling 10) Leicester Riders 59 (15,29,45) (Hayward/Swindells 16, Thompson 10) Manchester Mystics claimed the outright lead in the WBBL Championship after beating Leicester Riders 74-59 on Sunday. Both teams were 5-1 alongside Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters and Nottingham Wildcats, but the Mystics are now two points clear following their sixth straight league win. Amy Brown... [read more]
Manchester Mystics claimed the outright lead in the WBBL Championship after beating Leicester Riders 74-59 on Sunday.
Both teams were 5-1 alongside Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters and Nottingham Wildcats, but the Mystics are now two points clear following their sixth straight league win.
Amy Browne (178-G/F-90) and Georgia Jones led the way for the Mystics with 17 points apiece, while Nicola Welling also reached double figures with 10.
Jones reached 500 WBBL Championship points with her first basket in an 8-2 start and would never trail throughout the contest. Eight points from Joanna Clayden across quarters pushed the lead to double digits with the Mystics in control at 28-15.
Manchester had led by as many as 14, but back-to-back threes helped the Riders cut the gap and went into half-time down by nine points. Leicester continued to chip away and reduced their deficit to five, only for the home side to respond and restore their double-digit advantage.
A 6-0 start to the fourth extended the lead to 19 points and there was to be no way back for the Riders despite an immediate 11-2 response.
Leicester drop to 5-2 despite 16 points each from Dee Hayward and Harriet Swindells, who netted five triples off the bench.
The two teams meet again next week in the second WBBL Cup Semi-Final, live on BBC Sport online.
Wildcats hit a historic high note on Saturday night in WBBL Cup.
WBBL Cup Semi-Final
Nottingham Wildcats 86 (18,40,66) (Harris 20,Prior 16,Mendes 13)
Sevenoaks Suns 47 (13,25,39) (Carr 12,Lozzi 11,Pedersen 9)
Nottingham Wildcats have made history by becoming the first club to book a place in the WBBL Cup Final after taking down Sevenoaks Suns 86-47 at the Wildcats Arena [read more]
Wildcats hit a historic high note on Saturday night in WBBL Cup.
Nottingham Wildcats have made history by becoming the first club to book a place in the WBBL Cup Final after taking down Sevenoaks Suns 86-47 at the Wildcats Arena.
The home side shattered the dreams of their opponents who had hoped to reach their first showpiece Final as Ashley Harris continued her red-hot form with another commanding performance.
Wildcats were always on top during the opening 20 minutes of the contest and had one foot in the maiden WBBL Cup Final by half-time as they surged into a 40-25 lead as some sharp three-point shooting from Siobhan Prior perfectly complemented the inside effort of Harris.
Sevenoaks needed the respite of the locker room to stop the bleeding, but their pain resumed when the action got underway again, with Wildcats even more potent as they stormed their way to the Barclaycard Arena on 15 January.
Harris finished with a double-double of 20 points and 12 boards, while Prior contributed 16 points and five assists, with Wildcats now waiting to see who they will play in Birmingham. It will be either Leicester Riders or Manchester Mystics who face each other at 5pm on Friday night in a game that will be screened around the world live on BBC Sport online.
There may only be three games this weekend, but all of them have huge significance and not least tomorrow's WBBL Cup Semi-Final. Sevenoaks Suns are returning to the Wildcats Arena a week after losing 76-64 in the WBBL Championship and hoping they can make amends. "We had a tough close game in Nottingham last week," mused Suns' forward Anne Pedersen(185-G/F-92, college: LSU), as both teams look to punch a ticket for the maiden Final of the competition at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingh... [read more]
There may only be three games this weekend, but all of them have huge significance and not least tomorrow's WBBL Cup Semi-Final.
Sevenoaks Suns are returning to the Wildcats Arena a week after losing 76-64 in the WBBL Championship and hoping they can make amends.
"We had a tough close game in Nottingham last week," mused Suns' forward Anne Pedersen (185-G/F-92, college: LSU), as both teams look to punch a ticket for the maiden Final of the competition at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Sunday 15 January.
"Unfortunately, we didn't come out on top, but that means we are even more determined to go back this time and get the win.
"Nottingham are a good team with a variety of tools, which means that we need to try and limit what they are really good at.
"But mostly, we need to stick to our game plan and focus on executing that throughout the whole game and not just for three quarters."
She added, "It would obviously mean a lot to the team and the Sevenoaks organisation to make it to Birmingham. We have a lot of young talent on our team and it would be a good experience for them as well."
Sunday sees a top of the table clash in the WBBL Championship as Riders head to Mystics, who also have a 5-1 record. And, as if this game itself was not big enough, it's also a dress rehearsal for their WBBL Cup Semi-Final next Friday 09 December which is live on the BBC worldwide.
"The schedule and match-up with the Mystics is going to be a huge test for our team," acknowledged Riders' head coach, Matt Harber.
"There are many factors going into the games regarding league standings, securing a place at the WBBL Cup Final and of course playing against our former players Rheanne [Bailey] and Georgia [Jones]. These are all impossible for us to ignore.
"Right now, we are approaching the league game like any other and we will do whatever it takes to win that game. What happens after that regarding the Cup game is a separate matter.
"We will know a lot more about the way our two teams match-up after Sunday and the Cup game will undoubtedly be an evolution of the first meeting.
"Mystics have a really good team and are playing cohesively at both ends of the floor," continued the play-caller.
"A lot of attention is given to the standout individual performers that they have, but Im really impressed by how well their team connects and how everyone understands their role.
"We will need to play a complete 40 minutes to win the game and we need to prove to ourselves that we can close out big games against the best teams - this will certainly give us the chance to do that!"
Finally, the other huge game is the launch of the Molten WBBL 3x3 competition tonight when Archers will play Crusaders live on the BBC worldwide at half-time during the BBL game between Worcester and Bristol. You can watch it via the BBC Sport website, BBC Sport app or via a connected TV.
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