Check out the weekly WBBL recap as the 2017-18 regular season got underway this past weekend.
30/09 – Sevenoaks Suns defeated Nottingham Wildcats 52-59 on the road in a repeat of last season’s Playoff final at The O2.
- Quarter scores: 14-17, 11-12, 10-13, 17-17
- Wildcats are the two-time defending league champions
- Reigning MVP Ashley Harris posted 19p/15r in defeat
- Cat Carr with 20p/11r, Ta’Yani Clark added 6p/11r
- Chantelle Pressley scored 15p on her return to the league
30/09 – Sheffield Hatters handed league newcomers Durham Palatinates a tough welcome with a dominant 92-37 home victory.
- Quarter scores: 25-11, 21-13, 19-5, 27-8
- Lee Davie coached Durham’s BBL side, Wildcats
- Krizstina Velkey with 22p/9r/7a in the win, Gianna Woods 16p/12r
- Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee with 24 of her team’s 37 points
- WBBL debut for Lafayette grad Harriet Otewill-Soulsby (7p/9r)
30/09 – Cardiff Met Archers began their campaign with a comfortable 42-68 triumph over Oaklands College.
- Quarter scores: 14-23, 8-13, 6-7, 14-25
- Cardiff held opponents to 14 points in second and third quarters
- Merissa Quick with 25 points on Archers debut
- Stef Collins handed out 11 assists, Eilidh Simpson made league debut
- Kellie Ring 12p, Krisztina Nagy 10p for Oaklands
01/10 – Manchester Mystics held off Team Northumbria for a 74-79 victory in an entertaining opener in the North-East.
- Quarter scores: 19-21, 18-14, 18-17, 19-27
- Georgia Jones starred with 19p/9/10a in near triple-double
- Chantelle Handy had 18p for Northumbria on WBBL debut
- Mystics went on 13-2 run to start fourth, Natalie Chaloner with huge late 3
- Dominque Allen 16p, Rheanne Bailey 14p/8r
- Mystics were Cup champions last season, returned key British core
01/10 – Leicester Riders started the season in style with a convincing 35-61 win away at BA London Lions.
- Quarter scores: 10-19, 6-16, 11-15, 8-11
- Riders pulled clear in the first and never looked back
- Dee Hayward had 15p including 8-11 from the free throw line
- Erin McGarrachan 12p, Mollie Campbell 6p/10r
- Zoe Willis 13p for Lions, debut for GB U16 captain Loren Christie
Saturday – Sheffield Hatters 92-37 Durham Palatinates, Oaklands Wolves 42-68 Cardiff Met Archers, Nottingham Wildcats 52-59 Sevenoaks Suns; Sunday – Team Northumbria 74-79 Manchester Mystics, Barking Abbey London Lions 35-61 Leicester Riders
Hatters/Suns/Archers/Riders/Mystics 1-0; Pride 0-0; Wolves/Lions/Northumbria/Wildcats/Palatinates 0-1
Brad has been a writer for Hoopsfix since 2014 and has also had freelance roles at the BBL and with FIBA – working at two Women’s EuroBasket tournaments. Contact: [email protected]