Loughborough, Sevenoaks, Team Northumbria and current champions Sheffield Hatters have advanced to the semi finals of the Women's National Cup after wins this past weekend.
A back and forth game at Barking Abbey saw Loughborough Students Riders advance to the Women's National Cup semi finals in their first Division 1 season after a 63-57 win on Sunday.
Abbey exploded into a 23-12 first quarter lead only for Riders to storm back with a 21-8 second period to lead at the break (33-31).
The hosts again took a lead after a further ten minutes but this again was answered by coach Matthew Harber's Loughborough team with a 19-9 final quarter.
Harber was obviously very pleased with the game:
"Today was always going to be a big task for our team who had to play their third game in 5 days! To give credit to the girls, they showed a lot of toughness down the stretch and played through their fatigue and were really composed during the late game moments," he said.
"We struggled early on in the game and we couldn't find much offensive rhythm which led to some bad shot selection and Barking did a great job of capitalising on our mistakes."
Former Nottingham Wildcat and Southend Swift Jennie Rodgers
(181-G-92) had 17 points for Loughborough, prompting coach Harber to heap the praise:
"I thought from an individual standpoint, Jennie was outstanding for us and has been forced to lead our team during adversity and she responded very well today. I also want to comment on the quality of our bench as they have been outstanding recently and have done a great job of bringing intensity to the floor when we've needed it most.
"It's obviously a great achievement for our programme to have made the semi finals of the Cup in our first year playing at this level, but we're just remaining focused and taking things one day at a time. We'll return to the floor Tuesday and get back to work as we continue to pursue a higher level of play from our team."
Shequila Joseph had 11 points for Barking Abbey.
Cardiff Archers were denied their chance of a second straight trip to the Women's National Cup final as Sevenoaks Suns emerged as victors in the quarter final game in Wales.
It was Archers' second loss in as many weeks to the Suns, having gone down 80-36 in the VCARS.co.uk Division 1 league on 10 November, but they made a slightly better showing of themselves at home on Sunday.
Cardiff were down 40-28 at the half but cut the Suns' advantage to single digits heading into quarter four.
Sevenoaks, however, took the win led by a pair of good scoring performances from Cheridene Green (25 points) and Rachel James
(160-G-89) (20 points).
Player-coach Stef Collins scored 17 for Archers.
Ta'Yani Clark scored 18 points as her Team Northumbrians eliminated Nottingham Wildcats from the Women's National Cup with a 64-43 win.
Northumbria made their mark in the second and third quarters, outscoring Nottingham 40-20 over those 20 minutes, helping them cruise to the win.
had 15 points to support Clark for Northumbria and Wildcats were led by Ijeoma Ofomata's 10.
(183-F-83) (27), Steph Gandy (25) and Helen Naylor (23) combined for 78 City of Sheffield Hatter points as the 15-time National Cup champs trounced Division 2's Northamptonshire Titans 118-50 in the quarter finals.
A 61-16 first half by the Hatters tells the story of the Sheffield club's dominance this season, not only against a Division 2 side, but in general as they are defeating all teams comfortably early in 2012/13.
Angelina Browne-Akinyemi had 16 to lead Titans who can hold their heads high having left the tournament at this quarter final stage.
The semi final draws for the Women's National Cup are outlined below. Tip off times will be confirmed shortly.
Women's National Cup Semi Finals, 9 December
City of Sheffield Hatters v Loughborough Students Riders
Sevenoaks Suns v Team Northumbria