Five games at the weekend saw Barking Abbey pick up a pair of wins, Manchester Mystics suffer a pair of losses and Sheffield Hatters remain perfect at the top.
Barking Abbey outlined their Playoff credentials with a pair of road wins at the weekend, winning 82-64 in Leeds on Saturday and 66-48 at Team Northumbria in Sunday.
Both games were wide margins of victory, but both were only really decided in the final quarter.
On Saturday, Abbey recovered from losing the opening quarter 19-13 to be 59-50 ahead going into the final frame and they kept up that momentum to pull away further led by 23 points from Georgia Jones.
On Sunday, they led 30-25 at half-time, but suffered their worst quarter of the weekend in the third to find themselves down 43-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
They responded by holding their hosts to just 5 points in the last quarter and poured in 27 of their own to post an 18 point win. Melita Emanuel-Carr
top scored with 23 points.
Sheffield Hatters continued their domination of the VCARS.co.uk Division 1 Women season with an 88-56 victory over Manchester Mystics on Saturday.
Despite being without Lauren Thomas-Johnson, who has left to play in Switzerland, and Sarah Naylor, Hatters were always too strong for the young Mystics side, winning the first half 51-23.
Helen Naylor (26) and Julie Page
(188-PF-83, college: E.Washington
) (23) led the way for Hatters, as they moved to 7-0 on the league season.
Manchester Mystics were more competitive on Sunday, but they threw away a big lead and lost out 56-55
to Sevenoaks Suns.
Manchester limited Suns to just 5 points in the second quarter and also won the third 19-14 to establish a 48-36 lead heading into the final quarter.
Both teams struggled to score at the start of the final period and a three from Manchester's Maria Grispou saw them still 13 points in front with 7 minutes to go, but Sevenoaks then found their touch to record 6 consecutive points.
A three from Megan Lewis brought Suns within a single point inside the final two and a half minutes, but they were still down by three as the game proceeded into the last 30 seconds.
A score from Cheridene Green
(187-C-95) got Suns back to within a point and they then forced a turnover by Mystics. As time wound down Kaitlyn Lewis scored the decisive basket, with Emma Macready's attempt at a reply being unsuccessful.
Green led Suns with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Manchester were led by 14 points from Nicola Blakeway.
Cardiff Archers came out on top of a high-scoring encounter with Newham Stars, winning 87-76 on Sunday.
Archers set the scene for their win in the first quarter, establishing a 12 point lead that they would cling onto for their rest of the game.
Stars were much more competitive in the final three periods as Fatumah Lwazi (22) and Rochelle Davids (19) helped them to score 61 points over that time frame. Unfortunately for Stars they were never able to really eat into the lead and Archers won the final quarter by two points to move to 4-2 in league play.
Kate Butters led the way for Cardiff with a game-high 25 points.
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