Barking Abbey have moved into second place after winning back-to-back games this weekend and with Loughborough losing to Team Northumbria in the VCARS.co.uk D1 Women's league.
Shanice Norton scored 13 points as her Barking Abbey side beat Manchester Mystics 52-49 in their first of two home games this weekend.
Mystics led by five at the half but were held to only two points in the third quarter while Abbey rallied for 10 and took the lead.
They held on for the win despite Jamie Curtis (170-G) leading all scorers with 15 Mystic points.
Cup champions Sheffield Hatters were given one of their toughest tests of the season last weekend as a big fourth quarter enabled them to eventually pull away from Nottingham Wildcats with a 77-65 win.
Hatters have been averaging league wins well into double figures this season but on Saturday they actually trailed at the half and were tied heading into the final 10 minutes. Sheffield, however, put the pressure on in the fourth, outscoring Wildcats 30-18 for the win.
Lauren Thomas-Johnson (178-G-88, college: Marquette) and Steph Gandy had 21 points each for Sheffield while Nottingham were led by Iva Peklova (20), Taylor Alton (19) and EJ Ofomata (19).
It was Nottingham's first loss in four games.
Ta';Yani Clark and Katrin Hulme combined for 47 points as Team Northumbria held off Loughborough Students Riders for a 73-70 win in the north east on Saturday.
Northumbria started well and took a 50-32 lead into the halftime break, but Riders stormed back in the third, outscoring the hosts 23-6, and it was 56-55 going into the last ten.
Team Northumbria did hang on for their fifth win.
Mackenzie Westcott (182-F-90) and Jennie Rodgers had 17 each for coach Matt Harber and the Riders.
After a slow start Cardiff Archers are slowly creeping back into the level people expect from them as their 56-50 win over Sevenoaks on Saturday was their fifth straight.
It was a big win for Archers, considering they lost 80-36 against the same club in November, and now they find themselves on a 5-2 record and less games played than anyone in the league.
Kate Butters had 17 to lead all scorers for Cardiff while Suns were led by Kaitlyn Lewis' 16 points. Suns are now on the wrong end of a 4-7 record.
A 65-57 win for Barking Abbey over Team Northumbria on Sunday sees them move up to 7-1 in the table and two points behind leaders Hatters.
British Olympian Azania Stewart made her debut official on Sunday, scoring 19 points for coach Mark Clark, as Abbey have now won five straight.
Northumbria couldn't get their third straight win, but at 5-6 they still have a decent shot at the post-season. Ta'Yani Clark had 21 points for her team.
Greta Luksyte went off for 32 points in Leeds Carnegie's 96-55 thumping of Newham Stars on Sunday as the West Yorkshire club move into a tie for third with Loughborough.
The winless Stars were punished from the tip as they were down 31-9 at the end of 10 minutes and by halftime it was all Leeds (leading 52-22).
Janice Monakana was bright spark for NASSA with 20 points, but with their 0-9 record all Stars can realistically hope for now is to pick up a win or two.
Southwark Pride win Womens National Cup, down Team Solent Kestrels 57-22 - 1 day ago
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Southwark Pride rode a dominant defensive performance to earn themselves the honour of being crowned National Cup Champions. A commanding 57-22 score line was built on a foundation of pressure and work rate that forced Solent into 22 turnovers and never allowed their offence to find a rhythm as they shot a crippling 7/64 from the field. Hitting their stride early, the Pride roared out to a 14-0 lead that set the tone for the contest. Commanding the glass 55-39, Southwark were also able to... [read more]
Southwark Pride rode a dominant defensive performance to earn themselves the honour of being crowned National Cup Champions. A commanding 57-22 score line was built on a foundation of pressure and work rate that forced Solent into 22 turnovers and never allowed their offence to find a rhythm as they shot a crippling 7/64 from the field. Hitting their stride early, the Pride roared out to a 14-0 lead that set the tone for the contest. Commanding the glass 55-39, Southwark were also able to pile up points in the paint, adding 36 from close range to the Kestrels 6. The London side frequently scored at will with solid looks as their opponents were made to toil with contested shots and disjointed trips on offence. The MVP award went to Southwark's Irekpitan Ozzy-Momodu (183-C-99) after a 6/8 shooting performance bagged her 12 points to go with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Alimat Onuyemi-Daniel added a further 10 and Jones-Aryeh had 9. The top scorer for Solent was Jodie Jerram (163-G) with 6, Silvia Cante and Earleesha Jackson both had 5. Southwark Pride Head Coach Jackson Gibbons 'I'm really pleased with the girls, they worked really hard for it. I think we beat a really good team, I don't think the score is representative of how good a team they are. But I'm really pleased and excited for the girls right now!' In a game that appeared to pit the size and experience of Solent against the youth and agility of Southwark, there was firmly only one victor in this one. That early 14-0 run put a real dent in Solent's chances but they weren't blanked entirely in the quarter, Kalina Axentieva hit a 3 with 39 seconds left to get the Kestrels off the mark but a 14-3 score after 1 left Solent with plenty of work to do. 2 quick fouls against Southwark suggested that there could be some hope for Solent, but they couldn't cash in and continued to struggle to put points on the board. In truth, the quarter belonged to Chandera Jones-Aryeh who time and time again slashed down the lane to cause no end of problems for the Kestrels. The game plan was consistent as the Pride worked the ball both quickly and skilfully around the perimeter before a switch to Jones-Aryeh would exploit a 1-on-1 match up with her considerable speed. A Jodie Jerram 3 ensured it wasn't constant 1 way traffic, but a 27-8 score meant the lead was ever growing with 20 minutes to go. The half time break painted an accurate picture of the 1st half as a whole. With Southwark coming back out onto court within a minute or two of the break beginning, Solent didn't re-emerge until significantly later. Much to talk about in their dressing room, Solent did begin with a lot more intensity on defence and forced both turnovers and misses to start the 3rd. The issues on offence remained though and there was only so long that Southwark could be contained. With Emerald Ekpiteta, absent from Solent's win over the Pride in D1W, adding further points and Ozzy-Momodu making her presence felt on the offensive boards, the score swelled to 43-13 after 3. With Solent's most likely avenue back into the game struggling with foul trouble, Ekimini Essien was powerless to stop the slide. The American had been a key player for the Kestrels throughout the season but was forced to endure a tough afternoon, going 1/8 from the floor and collecting just 3 points. Despite the lopsided score though, the Solent fans remained in fine voice, cheering their team on to the end. Matching their commitment, the Kestrels continued to valiantly scrap for everything in the final 10 minutes despite the contest being decided a long time ago. With both teams going deep into their bench as time expired, it brought down the curtain on a 57-22 final score. After the game, Kestrels Head Coach CJ Lee was understandably disappointed but could have no complains, 'Absolute respect for Southwark Pride, they came and had a game plan, played quick, very physical and they're very smart basketball players. They executed their game plan today. Unfortunately, for as much preparation as we did, we didn't execute ours. Take nothing away from them, but I feel like we didn't represent ourselves the way we can.' Courtesy of: basketballengland.co.uk
Nottingham Wildcats, Sevenoaks Suns, Manchester Mystics and Cardiff Met Archers all won on Sunday as the WBBL Trophy action continued. Last week's Cup champions, Manchester, were given a late scare by Caledonia Pride before holding on for a 50-59 success as Dominique Allen tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Nottingham bounced back with a 66-70 victory away at Team Northumbria with the visitors also having to hold off a late surge from their opponents to prevail. Cardiff came... [read more]
Nottingham Wildcats, Sevenoaks Suns, Manchester Mystics and Cardiff Met Archers all won on Sunday as the WBBL Trophy action continued.
Last week's Cup champions, Manchester, were given a late scare by Caledonia Pride before holding on for a 50-59 success as Dominique Allen tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Nottingham bounced back with a 66-70 victory away at Team Northumbria with the visitors also having to hold off a late surge from their opponents to prevail.
Cardiff came from nine points down at the half to beat Oaklands Wolves 56-59 with Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) netting 24 points, while Sevenoaks produced a strong final quarter to defeat Leicester Riders 68-76 away from home.
Sevenoaks Suns responded from yesterday's agonising overtime defeat in their WBBL Trophy opener by claiming their first win in a 68-76 success at Leicester Riders.
The home side gained control heading into the last 10 minutes, but a 10-25 fourth quarter effort from Sevenoaks sealed the victory on the road.
Sevenoaks had four players in double digits in the win with Gabriele Nikinitaite leading the way with a 19-point haul and a further 17 points from Cat Carr.
The Riders began to break ahead in the first quarter as they led 16-7, but it was always going to be a close battle between two strong sides.
A three from Mollie Campbell made it a 10-point game prior to a 16-4 reply from the Suns but the Riders re-gained the edge with new signing Erika Livermore making an immediate impression with nine points and eight boards at the half.
The game was tied early in the third before the Riders went on an 11-0 run to seize the upper-hand ahead of the final quarter. However, the Suns compiled a 14-2 run to take the lead at 61-65.
Leicester quickly levelled but Carr capped a timely 7-0 run with a three and Sevenoaks were able to secure an important victory in the South.
Alex Smith top scored with 23 points and added 12 rebounds in the loss, while Livermore also finished with a double-double on debut.
WBBL Trophy, North Group Team Northumbria 66 (13,25,46) (Gorrell 26, Fong Lyew Quee 17, Bonnenberger 13) Nottingham Wildcats 70 (21,44,55) (Harris 22, Prior 12, Hebert 8)
Nottingham Wildcats bounced back from successive losses to record a 66-70 win away at Team Northumbria in the WBBL Trophy.
After losing last week's Cup Final, the Wildcats lost their opening North Group clash with Sheffield yesterday, but were quick to rectify the loss by improving to 1-1.
Ashley Harris top scored once again for the Wildcats with 22 points, while Laurent Hebert provided an all-round contribution with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the win.
The Wildcats were quick out of the blocks with an 8-1 opening to set the tone for their first half control - leading by as many as 10 in the first quarter. A 9-0 run in the second established a 16-point gap and after a brief rally from the hosts, Nottingham moved into the half-time break up 19.
Northumbria still faced a large deficit with three minutes to go in the third but a 9-0 run cut the gap down to single figures to give themselves hope heading into the final 10 minutes.
The lead was whittled down to five as Nottingham were held scoreless for almost five minutes before regaining their composure at a critical time and Siobhan Prior landed a dagger three with her side able to hold on down the stretch.
Alison Gorrell tallied 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the TN resistance, but they were unable to get off to a winning start in the competition.
WBBL Trophy, South Group Oaklands Wolves 56 (16,33,42) (Fleming 18, Nelson 14, Charles 8) Cardiff Met Archers 59 (7,24,47) (Wagstaff 24, Shanahan 10, Lipp 7)
Cardiff Met Archers secured an opening 56-59 victory over Oaklands Wolves in the WBBL Trophy after coming from nine points down at half-time.
Sarah Wagstaff led the way with a game-high of 24 points in the absence of Judit Fritz as the Archers put together a strong third quarter before holding on for the win.
The home side made a strong start with a 12-4 opening and held their opponents to single figures in the first quarter. Oaklands' lead would remain at nine going into the half-time break with Ashton Fleming leading all scorers with 13 points.
However, Cardiff came out firing in the second half and took the lead with a dominant 15-4 spell but Oaklands responded to lead 42-41. The Archers then finished the third with back-to-back triples before opening the fourth with a further 8-0 run to extend the gap to 13 points.
A late rally saw Oaklands reduce the deficit to just three points inside the final minute, but their comeback effort fell short as Cardiff celebrated the win.
WBBL Trophy, North Group Caledonia Pride 50 (11,24,32) (Oakes 16, Bastian 11, Thomson 9) Manchester Mystics 59 (13,30,49) (Allen 16, Browne 15, Jones 12)
Manchester Mystics held off a late rally from Caledonia Pride to record an opening 50-59 success in the WBBL Trophy.
Last week's Cup Final MVP Dominique Allen led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds with Georgia Jones handing out nine assists to go with 12 points.
Natalie Bastian scored five points in a 9-2 start for Caledonia, but the visitors responded and edged ahead by the end of the opening period with a 10-0 run across quarters.
The gap extended to six points by half-time before Manchester pushed clear in the third quarter with a 13-2 burst capped by a triple from Jones to make it 26-45.
Pride were down 17 ahead of the final quarter, but cut the gap with 12 unanswered points with less than three minutes remaining. Amy Browne snapped a six-minute drought for the Mystics and they were able to hold on for victory.
Tricia Oakes posted a double-double of 16 points and 13 boards to pace Pride, but their valiant effort fell short in search of a maiden win.
Leicester Riders have bolstered their roster for the remainder of the season by adding American frontcourt star Erika Livermore(185-C-93). The Farleigh Dickinson University graduate averaged more than 16 points and eight rebounds per game during her Senior season and it's not surprising Riders' head coach Matt Harber is thrilled with his new recruit. He said: "We're really excited to have Erika join our team just before we get underway in the WBBL Trophy competition! 'Erika had a terr... [read more]
Leicester Riders have bolstered their roster for the remainder of the season by adding American frontcourt star Erika Livermore (185-C-93).
The Farleigh Dickinson University graduate averaged more than 16 points and eight rebounds per game during her Senior season and it's not surprising Riders' head coach Matt Harber is thrilled with his new recruit.
He said: "We're really excited to have Erika join our team just before we get underway in the WBBL Trophy competition!
'Erika had a terrific career at FDU and I'm sure she will translate very well to the WBBL and the brand of basketball we play here at the Riders.'
Livermore will make her debut in tonight's WBBL Trophy game at home to Sevenoaks Suns.
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