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."
(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.