Loughborough Students Riders and City of Sheffield Hatters stay top of the VCARS.co.uk Division 1 Women's table after they both recorded comfortable wins on the weekend.
Although Loughborough Students Riders recorded a double digit (77-59) win over NASSA Stars on Saturday, coach Matthew Harber admits there is much to do if they want to maintain their perfect record.
"At times throughout the game we looked very fluid and found good offensive rhythm, but there were patches where frankly we just weren't playing at an acceptable level," he said. "If we continue to turn the ball over as frequently as we did today then we will struggle to give ourselves a chance to win games."
Riders won the first and third quarters by double figures easing them to victory but coach Harber admits they did have trouble containing some of Stars' players:
"I thought NASSA looked dangerous in spells and it's clear how they ran both Barking and Leeds close during their previous games. I thought Davids and Monakana did a good job and caused us a lot of problems during dribble penetration - they're both tough to contain," he said.
"Although it was great to remain undefeated, it's clear that we will need to play at a much higher level for sustained periods of time if we are to compete with Sheffield next weekend."
Rochelle Davids (168-G-87) led all scorers with 18 points for NASSA (Janice Monakana (183-F-95) had 16) and Loughborough were led by 16 Gillian Baird points.
A monstrous first half from City of Sheffield Hatters saw them hand Barking Abbey their first loss of the season, 89-59.
Hatters were up 50-24 at the break and though the second half was closer, it was too much of a hill for Abbey to climb as they accepted their first defeat of the season to the current champions.
Kashmere Joseph had 16 points for Barking Abbey and Julie Page had 15 to lead Hatters.
American Taylor Alton (180-G-93) made her debut with Nottingham Wildcats this weekend and topped all scorers with 22 points, but it wasn't enough to stop Cardiff Archers from winning their second league game of the season, 76-51.
Archers steadily built their lead in the game and by the start of the fourth they led comfortably, 64-33.
Wildcats now drop to 0-3 while Archers go level at 2-2.
Stef Collins led Cardiff with 19 points on Saturday.
Our Game of the Week proved a good choice as a close match in West Yorkshire saw Leeds Carnegie move into third place after a 78-75 win over Sevenoaks.
Coach Nick Dawson said, "We played a great game offensively tonight, we were able to score in a variety of ways all game. We really came together nicely all game long for the first time since Manchester, so I'm very happy on the offensive side. On defence however, we allowed an excellent shooting team just far too many open looks. Our double teams were also poorly executed and that contributed a lot. We know that's something we need to work on if we want to climb the league. However credit to Sevenoaks, they all shot the ball really well, I think even Coach Busch made a couple of threes!!"
Dawson cotinued, "We are third in the league because we have played just well enough for it. The games we've won, we've always looked like winning, however we need to be more consistent on both hands of the floor if we want to be a serious contender in this league.'
The game was tight from start to finish and despite a big outing from Megan Lewis (180-G-95) (32 points), Leeds hung on for their third league win this season.
Greta Luksyte had 24 points to lead coach Nick Dawson's Carnegie team.
Team Northumbria staged a big second half comeback to defeat Manchester Mystics 57-56 in the north east on Saturday.
Northumbria actually led after the first period (14-10), but a horrid second quarter saw them score only 2 points as Mystics took a 26-16 lead into the break.
The comeback came in the third when Team Northumbria outscored Manchester 24-12 and a close final quarter saw the hosts edge the win.
Hannah Shaw led all point scorers with 22 for Manchester, while Ta'Yani Clark had 18 for Northumbria.
Leicester Riders maintained their winning start to the season, while Team Northumbria and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters also claimed wins on Sunday. Matt Harber's side produced a strong final quarter to seal a 54-42 victory over Barking Abbey Crusaders behind an impressive all-round performance from Jamila Thompson. Northumbria recorded their first win as they defeated Oaklands Wolves 62-85 with Abigail Asoro tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds with Sheffield easing past Caledonia P... [read more]
Leicester Riders maintained their winning start to the season, while Team Northumbria and Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters also claimed wins on Sunday.
Matt Harber's side produced a strong final quarter to seal a 54-42 victory over Barking Abbey Crusaders behind an impressive all-round performance from Jamila Thompson.
Northumbria recorded their first win as they defeated Oaklands Wolves 62-85 with Abigail Asoro tallying 15 points and 15 rebounds with Sheffield easing past Caledonia Pride in an 88-43 triumph.
Team Northumbria claimed their first league win of the season after beating Oaklands Wolves 62-85 on the road, on Sunday.
Chloe Bully (173-F, college: Catawba) led the way with 19 points while Abigail Asoro posted a big double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds as a total of five players reached double figures in the win.
Northumbria made a 7-2 start and led by as many as nine in the opening period on a three from Bully before the home side closed the gap.
A 14-2 run saw Northumbria pull clear in the second as Bully continued to find her range from beyond the arc with the visitors going into half-time with a 13-point cushion.
The two teams traded baskets throughout the third in a 13-13 period and the trend continued in the final quarter before a 10-2 run saw Northumbria extend their lead beyond 20 points.
Northumbria wrapped up the victory to bounce back from yesterday's defeat against Sevenoaks Suns, while Oaklands dropped to 0-3 despite 19 points from Kyla Nelson.
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters recorded an 88-43 triumph over Caledonia Pride for their second league win of the campaign.
Steph Gandy top scored with 27 points in the convincing 45-point success, while Georgia Gayle continued her strong start to the season with 15 points. There was further scoring support from Brittany Winborne and Naomi Campbell, as they added 14 points apiece in the win.
Sheffield moved ahead to earn a 21-16 advantage after the opening period before breaking clear by holding the visitors to just two points in the second.
The gap was 25 points at the half and the Hatters extended their advantage in the third after racking up a further 28 points to maintain their firm control.
The home side also won the final quarter as they wrapped up the win to improve to 2-1 in the league.
Tricia Oakes top scored for Pride with 14 points as the league newcomers still await their first win of the season.
Leicester Riders made it three wins from three in the WBBL Championship after defeating Barking Abbey Crusaders 54-42.
The home side trailed by four heading into the final period but held their opponents to just three points as they pulled away to victory.
Several GB Senior Women players were on display in a battle of two previously unbeaten teams and it proved to be a close encounter throughout.
Dee Hayward (170-G-91, college: Armstr.Atlantic) top scored with 18 points on 70% shooting from the floor with Jamila Thompson impressing on the boards with 12 rebounds to go with eight points, five assists, four steals as well as four blocks.
Barking Abbey used a 7-0 run to edge ahead in the first period before Riders started the second with 11 straight including seven from Alex Smith to help build an advantage heading into half-time.
Savannah Wilkinson scored five of 10 points in the third at the start to push Crusaders back ahead and they would establish a four-point lead ahead of the final period.
A three from Hayward put Riders ahead as part of a 7-0 opening before Barking closed to within a single point. However, a 10-0 run proved decisive as Leicester were able to wrap up the win.
Wilkinson led the Crusaders with 14 points and 10 boards as they fell to their first defeat of the season.
Nottingham Wildcats claimed the outright lead at the top of the WBBL Championship, while there wins for Sevenoaks Suns and Manchester Mystics. The Wildcats were dominant in a 91-52 victory over Caledonia Pride with Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90, college: Wayne St., NE) pouring in 34 points. Meanwhile, Manchester defeated Cardiff Met Archers 87-37 and Sevenoaks saw off Team Northumbria in a 63-54 success with Cat Carr netting 15 points. WBBL Championship Manchester Mystics 87 (18,44,66) (Sch... [read more]
Nottingham Wildcats claimed the outright lead at the top of the WBBL Championship, while there wins for Sevenoaks Suns and Manchester Mystics.
The Wildcats were dominant in a 91-52 victory over Caledonia Pride with Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90, college: Wayne St., NE) pouring in 34 points.
Meanwhile, Manchester defeated Cardiff Met Archers 87-37 and Sevenoaks saw off Team Northumbria in a 63-54 success with Cat Carr netting 15 points. WBBL Championship Manchester Mystics 87 (18,44,66) (Schwellenbach 19, Jones 15, Clayden/Potter 11) Cardiff Met Archers 37 (11,19,35) (Wagstaff 17, Shanahan 6, Richards/Merchant 4)
Manchester Mystics made it three wins in a row as they claimed a dominant 87-37 win over Cardiff Met Archers, on Saturday.
Sierra Schwellenbach led the way with 19 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists as the home side improved to 2-1 in the WBBL Championship.
Laura Shanahan opened the scoring with a three but Mystics soon moved ahead and a 7-0 run helped establish control in the opening period.
The lead entered double figures at the start of the second as Schwellenbach netted twice from downtown and then Manchester finished the half with a 16-2 run to open a commanding 25-point advantage.
Cardiff hit three consecutive triples in the third before the Mystics used a 14-3 burst to extend their lead beyond 30 points. They then wrapped up victory in style whilst keeping their opponents to just two points in the fourth.
The Archers were led by Sarah Wagstaff's 17 points but are now 0-3 at the bottom of the standings.
Sevenoaks Suns picked up their second win of the WBBL Championship with a 63-54 victory against Team Northumbria.
Cat Carr led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds as well as five assists which took her tally past 100 in the WBBL Championship.
Anne Pedersen (185-G/F-92, college: LSU) and Tayani Clark both added 12 points to go with seven boards to help the Suns improve to 2-1.
It was the visitors who edged the opening stages and led by three at the end of the first period and led by as many as eight in the second at 16-24.
However, Sevenoaks levelled with a 10-2 run and went into half-time on a late three from Carr. A 9-0 start saw the gap extend to double digits, but Northumbria closed with the final 10 points to close within four.
A three from Chloe Bully made it a two-point game as Sevenoaks threatened to pull away before they closed out the game with seven unanswered points.
Alison Gorrell and Bully combined for 41 of their side's 54 points with just five players getting onto the scoresheet.
Northumbria finished 4-of-26 from beyond the arc as they drop to 0-2 for the season ahead of Sunday's clash at Oaklands Wolves.
Nottingham Wildcats maintained their unbeaten start to the new season with a convincing 91-52 victory over Caledonia Pride.
Ashley Harris posted a big double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while three other players hit double figures including Siobhan Prior who also handed out seven assists.
The visitors made a bright start and trailed 14-13 inside the final three minutes of the opening period before the Wildcats pulled away with eight straight points.
Nottingham then scored the first 23 points of the second period to establish firm control and went into half-time with a commanding 51-21 advantage.
The lead continued to grow in the second half and peaked at 47 points, but Caledonia outscored the defending league champions in the final quarter as they battled until the final buzzer.
Natalie Bastian top scored with 15 points, while Tricia Oakes added 10 points and 12 rebounds with Pride still searching for their first win ahead of Sunday's meeting with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Team Northumbria (WBBL) landed 29-year old Spaniard guard Noelia Quintas (185-87, college: ORU). The last time (13-14) she played at Dozy BV Den Helder in Dutch Eredivisie. Quintas' team won Summit League Regular Season in 2010. She has played also professionally in Spain (Pabellon Ourense). Quintas attended Oral Roberts University until 2011 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in United Kingdom [read more]
Team Northumbria (WBBL) landed 29-year old Spaniard guard Noelia Quintas (185-87, college: ORU). The last time (13-14) she played at Dozy BV Den Helder in Dutch Eredivisie. Quintas' team won Summit League Regular Season in 2010. She has played also professionally in Spain (Pabellon Ourense). Quintas attended Oral Roberts University until 2011 and it will be her sixth season in pro basketball.
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