History was made on Sunday as Caledonia Pride ended their wait for a first-ever win in the WBBL. The Scottish franchise came out on top in the battle of this season's newcomers after recording a 55-65 success away at Oaklands Wolves. Natalie Bastian and Tricia Oakes both put up double-doubles in the win with Beth Mackie netting a joint team-high of 15 points from the bench. Caledonia had fell agonisingly short less than 24 hours after losing 73-71 at Cardiff Met Archers - with 23 point... [read more]
History was made on Sunday as Caledonia Pride ended their wait for a first-ever win in the WBBL.
The Scottish franchise came out on top in the battle of this season's newcomers after recording a 55-65 success away at Oaklands Wolves.
Natalie Bastian and Tricia Oakes both put up double-doubles in the win with Beth Mackie netting a joint team-high of 15 points from the bench.
Caledonia had fell agonisingly short less than 24 hours after losing 73-71 at Cardiff Met Archers - with 23 points from Sarah Wagstaff helping the Welsh side to a third win.
And Mackie was understandably delighted Caledonia were able to finally get over the line yesterday.
"It feels amazing to get that first win," she declared. "Especially after coming so close [on Saturday] and in a number of other games this season.
"It's great to see the hard work paying off - the happiness and pride when the final buzzer went was unbelievable.
"With each game, we have been getting stronger and learning and growing as a team.
"We never allow ourselves to be down for too long and the positive mindset instilled in us by Bart (Sengers) is the reason we won and bounced back so quickly."
Mackie added: "We will take a lot of confidence forward from this game.
"We have finally broken away from those close games we have struggled to close out in the past.
"The Play-Offs are definitely our goal as we feel we can challenge most teams in this league especially given some of our defensive performances."
Meanwhile, at the top, Nottingham Wildcats strengthened their position as the league leaders as they defeated one of their main rivals, Manchester Mystics, 82-68.
Ashley Harris (187-F/C-90, college: Wayne St., NE) posted 25 points and 13 rebounds in the win as the Wildcats improved to 10-1 with a strong second half performance.
Second-placed Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters lost ground as they were beaten 93-83 on the road against Team Northumbria, despite a combined 53 points from Georgia Gayle and Helen Naylor.
The home side led by as many as 22 points in the opening half, but had to hold off a strong fightback from the Hatters with Alison Gorrell finishing with 26 points in her side's 5th league victory.
It was a great double-winning weekend for Sevenoaks Suns as Len Busch's side started by beating Cardiff Met Archers 81-47 in front of the BBC Sport cameras.
They followed with an impressive 71-79 triumph at Leicester Riders as Cat Carr netted 26 points to move into fourth with a 7-4 record.
However, the Riders bounced back and re-gained their place in the top four after edging out Barking Abbey Crusaders 66-70 away from home with Savannah Wilkinson scoring 32 points in the loss.
Nottingham Wildcats now have a cushion at the top of the WBBL Championship, while Caledonia Pride made history on Sunday. Caledonia defeated Oaklands Wolves 55-65 on the road for their first-ever league victory with Natalie Bastian and Beth Mackie(170-G-94) netting 15 points apiece. Nottingham defeated close rivals Manchester Mystics 82-68 behind 25 points from Ashley Harris, while second-placed Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters were beaten 93-83 away at Team Northumbria with Alison Go... [read more]
Nottingham Wildcats now have a cushion at the top of the WBBL Championship, while Caledonia Pride made history on Sunday.
Caledonia defeated Oaklands Wolves 55-65 on the road for their first-ever league victory with Natalie Bastian and Beth Mackie (170-G-94) netting 15 points apiece.
Nottingham defeated close rivals Manchester Mystics 82-68 behind 25 points from Ashley Harris, while second-placed Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters were beaten 93-83 away at Team Northumbria with Alison Gorrell pouring in 26 points.
Also, there was a win for Leicester Riders as they overcame 32 points from Savannah Wilkinson to beat Barking Abbey Crusaders 66-70 on the road. WBBL Championship Oaklands Wolves 55 (17,29,47) (Fulop 19, Fleming 11, Harrison 7) Caledonia Pride 65 (21,39,48) (Bastian/Mackie 15, Oakes 14)
Caledonia Pride made history with a long-awaited maiden triumph in the WBBL after beating Oaklands Wolves 55-65 away from home.
Beth Mackie scored 15 points off the bench, while Natalie Bastian - 15 points, 12 rebounds - and Tricia Oakes - 14 points, 12 rebounds - both posted double-doubles to help Pride to victory.
Sarah Thomson connected with back-to-back triples in the first as Caledonia took an early lead and opened up a 17-21 advantage after 10 minutes.
Two more 3-pointers from Thomson followed at the start of the second in a 10-2 start as Pride moved up by 12 points. The double-digit gap remained in tact heading into half-time before the home side mounted their fightback.
Oaklands went on a 13-3 run to level the game at 42 before taking the lead shortly after on a three from Krisztina Nagy.
However, Caledonia were not to be denied and responded with a 14-2 burst across quarters to restore their 10-point lead and went on to secure a memorable victory.
Kata Fulop led the Wolves with 19 points as they now have a 0-11 record, still waiting to follow up their lone WBBL Cup victory earlier in the season.
WBBL Championship Team Northumbria 93 (28,55,68) (Gorrell 26, Bonenberger 20, Bland 17) Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 83 (15,38,65) (Gayle 27, Naylor 26, Gandy 10)
Team Northumbria recorded an impressive 93-83 home victory over the in-form Westfield Heatlh Sheffield Hatters, on Sunday.
Chris Bunten's side were one of four teams beaten by the Hatters in the Trophy pool stages, but they avenged the loss to improve to 5-5 in the league.
Alison Gorrell led the way with a team-high of 26 points with Kara Bonnenberger adding 20 points and Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee dished out nine assists.
The game was tied at 10 early on before the hosts went on a blistering 18-2 run with Rachael Bland scoring 10 of her 17 points off the bench.
Northumbria continued to dominate and the lead hit 23 points at 51-28 late in the second period before the Hatters mounted an impressive comeback.
With the gap trimmed to 17 at the half, Sheffield opened the third with a 16-2 charge to close within four points. The home side managed to keep their opponents at bay as an exciting finish ensued.
The visitors made it a one-possesion game ahead of the final two minutes, but Northumbria kept their nerve at the line and closed out the victory.
Georgia Gayle and Helen Naylor combined for 53 points in the defeat, whilst firing in 11 triples between them, though the Hatters now drop to 8-3.
Nottingham Wildcats secured an important win in their pursuit of the league title as they defeated Manchester Mystics 82-68.
The Wildcats now improve to 10-1 in the league and have opened up a cushion over their closest rivals with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters beaten.
Ashley Harris posted 25 points and 13 rebounds as four starters hit double figures including captain, Siobhan Prior, who added 17 points.
Harris and Prior both netted early triples as the home side opened up a 17-7 lead in the first. However, Manchester rallied to close within two points before taking the lead in the second as 30-23 became 36-37 with Amy Browne connecting from three.
The Mystics earned their largest lead of the game after moving up by seven early in the third, but the hosts came storming back with an 18-2 response.
Nottingham opened up a double-digit advantage in the fourth and were able to close the game out in style to go clear at the top.
Georgia Jones finished with a game-high of 28 points, but the Mystics drop their third league game of the campaign.
Leicester Riders bounced back from yesterday's defeat with a 66-70 win on the road at Barking Abbey Crusaders, despite 32 points from Savannah Wilkinson.
The victory - Leicester's eighth of the league campaign - sees them move back into the top four with Erika Livermore leading the way with another double-double.
Livermore finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Erin McGarrachan added a 17-point haul including nine early in the fourth.
Wilkinson scored her side's first 15 points in the contest, but it was the visitors who edged ahead at the end of the opening period. Barking Abbey fell further behind early in the second before getting back on level terms at 26-26.
However, a 7-0 response from the Riders gave them the advantage heading into the interval and they were able increase their lead to double digits behind nine points from Livermore in the third.
A 9-0 run across quarters saw the home side cut the gap at 44-46 before the Riders opened up a 12-point lead. Another fightback followed, but the Crusaders fell short with Mollie Campbell's late basket sealing the win.
There were important movements in the WBBL Championship table as Sevenoaks Suns and Cardiff Met Archers scored crucial wins and won important head-to-heads. Suns are up to fourth after winning 79-71 on the road at Leicester Riders, with whom they currently share that league position. Catherine Carr put in the performance of the day with 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Suns dominated early on. Meanwhile, Archers, in eighth, strengthened their grip on a Play-off spot as they... [read more]
There were important movements in the WBBL Championship table as Sevenoaks Suns and Cardiff Met Archers scored crucial wins and won important head-to-heads.
Suns are up to fourth after winning 79-71 on the road at Leicester Riders, with whom they currently share that league position. Catherine Carr put in the performance of the day with 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Suns dominated early on.
Meanwhile, Archers, in eighth, strengthened their grip on a Play-off spot as they edged the ninth-placed Caledonia Pride 73-71 in South Wales, with Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) scoring 23 points.
WBBL Championship Cardiff Met Archers 73 (21,41,59) (Wagstaff 23, Collins 16, Fritz 15) Caledonia Pride 71 (19,41,61) (Bastian 19, Oakes 14, Mackie/Thomson 13)
Cardiff Met Archers have scored a crucial win in the WBBL Championship Play-off race, as the league's eighth-placed side edged Caledonia Pride, in ninth, 73-71. It also gives them the head-to-head, after they beat their Scottish rivals in overtime earlier in the campaign.
Sarah Wagstaff led the Archers, with 23 points, as they snapped a run of three straight league defeats since that previous win over Pride; and she was supported by a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds from Judit Fritz.
Not surprisingly, the teams could barely be separated throughout, with seven being the biggest lead of the game. There were eight lead changes in the first quarter, as Fritz scored 10 of her points, and Archers edged in front when Wagstaff hit six early points in the second stanza, 27-21.
And, despite the visitors getting back in front after Sarah Thomson scored four in an 8-2 run, Archers still looked strong at the start of the third quarter when Wagstaff added another five straight points for 52-45. She scored 12 of her team's points in a row, including three triples in a five minute spell.
But the game was destined to be tight down the stretch, and Pride snatched the lead back heading into the fourth quarter when Natalie Bastian scored five in a 9-0 burst and her buzzer-beating three made the score 61-59.
There were four early lead changes in the decisive period, before Fritz tied the game at 67 with a three-pointer. Wagstaff put Archers up for good inside the final three minutes, and they had a cushion at 73-69 when Stef Collins added to that.
Pride had a chance to tie the game on the buzzer, but Bastian couldn't score under significant pressure.
Sevenoaks Suns have cracked the top four of the WBBL Championship after beating the previously fourth-placed Leicester Riders 79-71 on the road on Saturday.
It is a fourth win in the last five league games for Sevenoaks, and a third consecutive win in Leicester over the last two years. Suns now take a share of fourth, but have the head-to-head with Riders as this margin exceeds that by they were beaten earlier in the season.
And Suns were in control from the outset, as Renee Busch and Catherine Carr hit early three-pointers, before a burst of 12 unanswered points, Busch hitting another triple and Carr adding four more, made the score 26-12. In this battle between two of the league's three best defences, Riders had already conceded more than half of their full game average.
It only got better for the visitors before the half, as Busch and Carr hit further triples in another surge of 10 points to put the lead at 44-24. Suns - the second worst three-point shooters in the WBBL, usually 20% - had hit 80% by the break, with Busch (4) and Carr (3) on 7/7 between them.
Riders did recover, and made one big push as they dominated the third period, 24-10, when Erin McGarrachan initially hit five in a row in a 9-2 run, and that was followed by an 11-0 push as Alex Smith, Harriet Swindells and Holly Winterburn scored three-pointers. Riders got as close as 59-55.
But Carr and Anne Pedersen settled the Suns with the opening scores of the fourth, before Carr added another three-pointer in what became a 9-2 run over the break, and the lead was back out to 68-57, proving enough for Suns to keep their hosts at arm's length.
Carr was the star performer, with an enormous haul of 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
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