The top three continue to lead the way in the WBBL, while there was a historic first win for Oaklands Wolves.
CALEDONIA PRIDE 55-69 OAKLANDS WOLVES
Having lost every league last season and started 0-3 in the current campaign, Oaklands finally claimed their first victory in the WBBL Championship.
Aliz Varga top scored with 20 points with Kellie Ring adding 18 points to inspire a memorable win for their side.
Oaklands trailed by as many as eight in the first half, but rallied to lead at the interval before pushing on and racing to victory.
Hannah Peacock had 12 points for Pride as they endured a tough shooting afternoon.
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CARDIFF MET ARCHERS 54-47 BA LONDON LIONS
Cardiff recorded their first home win of the season as Merissa Quick poured in 25 points.
The Archers had a narrow two-point advantage at half-time and edged a low-scoring third period 9-5 to move further clear before wrapping up the win.
Stef Collins added eight points, nine rebounds and six steals in an all-round display.
BA Lions are still searching for a first win with Charlotte Ellmore the only visitor in double figures with 14 points.
NOTTINGHAM WILDCATS 92-65 DURHAM PALATINATES
Nottingham levelled their league record with a comfortable home win over Durham.
The Wildcats dominated the opening period 30-13, though the visitors did battle back to take the second period.
However, the defending league champions scored 48 points in the second half to complete a convincing victory.
Hannah Shaw and Ashley Harris had 17 points apiece in the win with Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee scored 24 in defeat.
TEAM NORTHUMBRIA 53-69 LEICESTER RIDERS
Leicester made it three wins from three as they came from behind to beat Team Northumbria away from home.
The visitors trailed 25-18 after 10 minutes, but dominated the middle periods and only conceded 17 points in the second half.
Dee Hayward top scored with 17 points, while Holly Winterburn had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals from the bench and Jamila Thompson added 10 points and 11 boards.
Northumbria were up 11 at one stage before sliding to their fourth league defeat.
SEVENOAKS SUNS 67-62 MANCHESTER MYSTICS
Sevenoaks needed a strong finish to overcome Manchester Mystics and maintain their unbeaten record.
The Suns led 26-12 at the end of the first, but fell behind heading into the final period. Renee Busch scored eight straight to spark a pivotal 10-2 run late in the game.
Lauren Thomas-Johnson netted 26 points for Mystics in defeat with Georgia Jones adding 16 points and five assists.
Judit Fritz top scored in the win with 14 points with Chantelle Pressley posting a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the 4-0 Suns.
TEAM NORTHUMBRIA 85-55 OAKLANDS WOLVES
Team Northumbria bounced back from their home loss less than 24 hours earlier whilst bringing their opponents back down to Earth.
Chantelle Handy starred for the hosts with a season-high effort of 33 points with Kara Bonenberger putting up 21 points and 12 rebounds.
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The North-East side led by 15 by half-time and continued to pull away for their second victory in six league games.
Oaklands were guilty of a costly 33 turnovers in the contest with Kellie Ring the team’s leading scorer with nine points.
DURHAM PALATINATES 52-93 SHEFFIELD HATTERS
Five wins from five for Sheffield as they picked up their second emphatic triumph over Durham of the season.
The home side were still in touch after 10 minutes, but the Hatters took the second period 4-24 and raced to victory in the second half.
Helen Naylor led the way with a 24-point haul, while Gianna Woods had 13 rebounds to go with 14 points for another league double-double.
For Durham, Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee put up a spirited 27 points with her side still looking to get up to full strength.
“It’s tough not being at full strength,” she declared. “Playing a high volume of minutes is not easy, but I am proud of how the team sticks together and continues to remain positive.
“We still feel confident that when our reinforcements arrive, we can make a push for the Play-Offs.
“Until then, we will keep trying to improve and do what we can to close the gaps.”
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