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WNBL Division 1 results/recaps: Ipswich close on title

All the 2020-21 WNBL Division 1 results in one place:

Week 23

Saturday 24th April, 2021

Sunday 25th April, 2021

Standings: Ipswich 14-2; Loughborough Riders 11-4; CoLA Southwark Pride 10-4; Solent Kestrels 9-6; Nottingham Trent University 8-7; Reading Rockets 8-8; Worcester Wolves 6-8; BA London Lions II 4-12; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-11; Cardiff Met Archers II 1-12

Week 22

Saturday 17th April, 2021

Sunday 18th April, 2021

Week 21

Thursday 8th April, 2021

Saturday 10th April, 2021

Sunday 11th April, 2021

Standings: Ipswich 11-2; Loughborough Riders 9-3; Solent Kestrels 8-5; CoLA Southwark Pride 6-3; Nottingham Trent University, Reading Rockets 5-7; Worcester Wolves 4-7; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-7; BA London Lions II 3-8; Cardiff Met Archers II 1-7

Week 20

Saturday 3rd April, 2021

Ipswich (11-2) 94-72 Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-7)

Ipswich returned to winning ways in style, behind not one but two triple-doubles as Harriet Welham and Esther Little stuffed the statsheet against TVC. Little had 11 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists – as well as eight blocks – with Welham posting a 17-10-10 line.

Danielle Cazey top scored with a scorching 31-point haul, while Cameron Taylor-Willis added 21 points and nine rebounds in the win. For the visitors, Katherine Goldsby had 26 points and 12 boards in a full 40-minute effort.

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BA London Lions II (3-8) 61-52 Cardiff Met Archers II (1-7)

The young Lions continued their resurgence with a third straight win in D1 to ignite their top-eight hopes with another success over Cardiff, who remain in bottom spot.

Solent Kestrels (8-5) 79-52 Reading Rockets (5-7)

Standings: Ipswich 11-2; Loughborough Riders 9-3; Solent Kestrels 8-5; CoLA Southwark Pride 6-3; Nottingham Trent University, Reading Rockets 5-7; Worcester Wolves 4-7; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-7; BA London Lions II 3-8; Cardiff Met Archers II 1-7

Week 19

Saturday 27th March, 2021

BA London Lions II (1-8) 70-67 Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-6)

It was a first win at last for BA London Lions II as they edged out a resurgent Thames Valley side by three points to end their eight-game losing run.

Leia Edwards top scored with 17 points off the bench as they used a decisive 8-0 run down the stretch to take the win with Wura Ijelu scoring five points in that span.

TVC had wiped out an eight-point deficit to go in level at the half, but would come up short in the big moments late on. Katherine Goldsby finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals, while Eleanor Bishop hit six triples in a 19-point haul.

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Worcester Wolves (4-7) 61-77 Reading Rockets (5-6)

Saioa San Francisco led Reading to victory on the road with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting along with five rebounds and four steals.

The Rockets ran out convincing 16-point winners in the battle between two sides that had identical records heading into the contest. An 11-28 opening quarter set the tone and there was no way back for the Wolves.

Carolina Marques had 17 points, seven assists and seven steals with her side dropping to 4-7 as they fall outside of the top six spots.

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Ipswich (10-2) 55-67 Nottingham Trent University (5-6)

Nottingham Trent University secured a big win on the road on Saturday as they handed Ipswich just their second league loss on the season. Schekinah Bimpa produced another huge display with 26 points along with six rebounds in the victory.

The home side made a strong start to lead 10-2 early on, but NTU hit back with a 19-2 spell to gain an advantage they would not relinquish. The gap hit double figures in the second period and a low-scoring second-half ensued as Ipswich were unable to make up the deficit.

It was a tough shooting afternoon with 6-of-39 from three-point range with Harriet Welham top scoring with 20 points, while Esther Little had a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double.

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Solent Kestrels (7-5) 57-63 CoLA Southwark Pride (6-3)

CoLA Southwark Pride continued their good run of form as they came from 13 down to beat Solent by six on the road. The hosts started well with their lead peaking at 30-17 with 3:50 left in the first half.

Simona Henshaw led the fightback for the visitors and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win with Emilie Black and Emily O’Connell also in double figures.

The Kestrels missed the chance to close the gap on beaten leaders, Ipswich, with Andrea Kurkowski the only player in double digits with 13 points.

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Sunday 28th March, 2021

Cardiff Met Archers II (1-6) 49-69 BA London Lions II (2-8)

BA London Lions II made it a weekend double as they produced an emphatic 20-point victory in the battle of the basement sides on Sunday.

Leia Edwards led the way again with 16 points in just 16 minutes as the Lions pulled clear in the middle periods as they outscored their opponents 24-41 to take control of the contest.

Carys Roy had 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in the loss for Cardiff as they now drop to the bottom.

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Standings: Ipswich 10-2; Loughborough Riders 9-3; Solent Kestrels 7-5; CoLA Southwark Pride 6-3; Nottingham Trent University, Reading Rockets 5-6; Worcester Wolves 4-7; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-6; BA London Lions II 2-8; Cardiff Met Archers II 1-6

Week 18

Saturday 20th March, 2021

Reading Rockets (4-6) 74-55 Cardiff Met Archers II (0-5)

CoLA Southwark Pride (5-3) 68-54 Worcester Wolves (4-6)

Solent Kestrels (7-4) 76-69 Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-5)

Sunday 21st March, 2021

Cardiff Met Archers II (1-5) 75-67 Nottingham Trent University (4-6)

Standings: Ipswich 10-1; Loughborough Riders 9-3; Solent Kestrels 7-4; CoLA Southwark Pride 5-3; Nottingham Trent University, Reading Rockets, Worcester Wolves 4-6; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-5; Cardiff Met Archers II 1-5; BA London Lions II 0-8

Week 17

Saturday 13th March, 2021

Loughborough Riders (9-3) 76-42 BA London Lions II (0-8)

Ipswich (10-1) 85-62 Cardiff Met Archers II (0-3)

Reading Rockets (3-6) 62-71 CoLA Southwark Pride (3-3)

Sunday 14th March, 2021

COLA Southwark Pride (4-3) 83-63 Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-4)

Cardiff Met Archers II (0-4) 58-63 Solent Kestrels (6-4)

Standings: Ipswich 10-1; Loughborough Riders 9-3; Solent Kestrels 6-4; CoLA Southwark Pride 4-3; Nottingham Trent University, Worcester Wolves 4-5; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-4; Reading Rockets 3-6; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-4; BA London Lions II 0-8

Week 16

Saturday 6th March, 2021

Worcester Wolves (4-5) 64-73 Loughborough Riders (8-3)

Makana Stone put up a monster double-double with 20 points and 26 rebounds to lead Loughborough to a win on the road as they avenged a previous loss to Worcester. Molly James also added 20 points as the Riders closed the gap on leaders Ipswich with their eighth league success.

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Reading Rockets (3-5) 60-67 Nottingham Trent University (4-5)

NTU leapfrogged Reading in the standings after claiming a seven-point win away from home, on Saturday. Schekinah Bimpa starred in the victory with a 16-point, 15-rebound double-double coming off the bench.

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Sunday 7th March, 2021

Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-3) 92-67 Solent Kestrels (5-4)

TVC made it three wins from four as they enjoyed an emphatic 25-point win over second-placed Solent. Eleanor Bishop hit five triples in a 24-point haul with Katherine Goldsby adding 21 points in the win. The visitors drop to 5-4 in third and are now without key player Krisztina Velkey, who is expecting her first child.

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Standings: Ipswich 9-1; Loughborough Riders 8-3; Solent Kestrels 5-4; Nottingham Trent University, Worcester Wolves 4-5; Thames Valley Cavaliers 3-3; Reading Rockets 3-5; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-3; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-7

Week 15

Saturday 27th February, 2021

Solent Kestrels (5-3) 67-49 BA London Lions II (0-7)

Reading Rockets (3-4) 91-73 Worcester Wolves (4-4)

Loughborough Riders (7-3) 81-55 CoLA Southwark Pride (2-3)

Thames Valley Cavaliers (2-3) 54-90 Ipswich (9-1)

Harriet Welham produced a triple-double in leading Ipswich to a 9-1 record at the top of the D1 table. The reigning MVP finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists with Esther Little collecting 22 rebounds, while Danielle Cazey fired in 27 points.

Standings: Ipswich 9-1; Loughborough Riders 7-3; Solent Kestrels 5-3; Worcester Wolves 4-4; Reading Rockets 3-4; Nottingham Trent University 3-5; CoLA Southwark Pride, Thames Valley Cavaliers 2-3; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-7

Week 14

Saturday 20th February, 2021

Ipswich (8-1) 90-56 BA London Lions II (0-6)

Thames Valley Cavaliers (2-2) 72-61 Nottingham Trent University (3-5)

Standings: Ipswich 8-1; Loughborough Riders 6-3; Worcester Wolves, Solent Kestrels 4-3; Nottingham Trent University 3-5; CoLA Southwark Pride, Thames Valley Cavaliers 2-2; Reading Rockets 2-4; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-6

Week 13

Saturday 13th February, 2021

Ipswich (7-1) 88-60 Reading Rockets (2-4)

Ipswich resumed their campaign in style with a convincing 28-point home win over Reading to extend their lead at the top. Harriet Welham scored 19 of 31 points in the first quarter with Danielle Cazey adding 25 points in the win.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-2) 59-52 Worcester Wolves (4-3)

TVC picked up their first win of the season as they upset Worcester with a seven-point triumph. The home side did the damage with a 19-11 third period as they came out on a top in a low-scoring battle.

Standings: Ipswich 7-1; Loughborough Riders 6-3; Worcester Wolves, Solent Kestrels 4-3; Nottingham Trent University 3-4; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-2; Reading Rockets 2-4; Thames Valley Cavaliers 1-2; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-5

Week 12

Saturday 6th February, 2021

Solent Kestrels (4-3) 88-57 Loughborough Riders (6-3)

Solent denied Loughborough the chance to take top spot in D1 as they ran out convincing winners to open February’s action. Faye Endean top scored with 15 points as several players hit double figures for the Kestrels, who finished the game in dominant fashion with a 28-9 final period effort.

Standings: Ipswich 6-1; Loughborough Riders 6-3; Worcester Wolves 4-2; Solent Kestrels 4-3; Nottingham Trent University 3-4; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-2; Reading Rockets 2-3; Thames Valley Cavaliers, Cardiff Met Archers II 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-5

Week 11

WNBL D1 action resumed after a short break – Bristol/Anglia Ruskin decided to end their seasons with their results removed from the standings.

Saturday 30th January, 2021

BA London Lions II (0-5) 62-77 Loughborough Riders (6-2)

The first game back saw Loughborough record another win on the road as they overcame the challenge of BA London Lions II, who still await their first win. Makana Stone came close to a triple-double with 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine steals, while Leia Edwards posted her own double-double in defeat.

Standings: Ipswich 6-1; Loughborough Riders 6-2; Worcester Wolves 4-2; Solent Kestrels 3-3; Nottingham Trent University 3-4; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-2; Reading Rockets 2-3; Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-2; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-5

Week 10

Saturday 19th December, 2020

Cardiff Met Archers (0-3) 72-74 Bristol Flyers (2-2)

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Nottingham Trent University (3-6) 70-71 Loughborough Riders (5-2)

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Postponed: BA London Lions II v Anglia Ruskin University; Thames Valley Cavaliers v Solent Kestrels

Standings: Ipswich 6-1; Loughborough Riders, Worcester Wolves 5-2; Solent Kestrels 4-4; Anglia Ruskin University 3-0; Nottingham Trent University 3-6; Bristol Flyers 2-2; CoLA Southwark Pride, Reading Rockets 2-3; Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-2; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-3; BA London Lions II 0-4

Week 9

Saturday 12th December, 2020

Bristol Flyers (1-2) 65-63 (OT) Nottingham Trent University (3-4)

Bristol outlasted Nottingham Trent University in overtime to earn their first win of the season upon their return to action. Flo Ward hit a huge three – despite starting 0-of-6 – to force the extra period and finished with nine points, five assists and five steals in a 42-minute effort.

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Loughborough Riders (4-2) 77-76 Ipswich (6-1)

Makana Stone’s basket with 2.4 seconds left handed Loughborough a dramatic victory over previously unbeaten league leaders, Ipswich. The American finished with a dominant 20 points and 21 rebounds in the win with Molly James knocking down six threes for 24 points and Robyn Ainge had 16 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

Susannah Rafiu scored 13 of her 15 points in the fourth for the visitors, who had rallied from a double-digit deficit before suffering their first loss. Esther Little was one assist shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in defeat.

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Worcester Wolves (5-1) 69-61 Cardiff Met Archers II (0-2)

Worcester were able to close the gap at the top of the league as they held off a spirited challenge from Cardiff to move to 5-1. Shanice Turner starred with 23 points and 12 rebounds with the Wolves starting strong on their way to victory.

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Sunday 13th December, 2020

Nottingham Trent University (3-5) 57-72 Anglia Ruskin University (3-0)

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Solent Kestrels (4-4) 70-44 Worcester Wolves (5-2) – 2:30pm

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Standings: Ipswich 6-1; Worcester Wolves 5-2; Loughborough Riders 4-2; Solent Kestrels 4-4; Anglia Ruskin University 3-0; Nottingham Trent University 3-5; CoLA Southwark Pride, Reading Rockets 2-3; Bristol Flyers 1-2; Cardiff Met Archers II, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-2, BA London Lions II 0-4

Week 8

Saturday 5th December, 2020

Loughborough Riders (3-2) 88-71 Cardiff Met Archers II (0-1)

Loughborough picked up another home win as they denied Cardiff a winning start to their league campaign. Molly James top scored with 23 points with Makana Stone adding 18 points, while Katie Januszewska had eight points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Last season’s D2 South MVP, Amber Deane, fired in 30 points for the visitors through three quarters, as they made a bright start before falling away in the second half on their way to an opening defeat.

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Thames Valley Cavaliers (0-2) 55-65 Reading Rockets (2-3)

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Anglia Ruskin University (2-0) 59-54 Solent Kestrels (3-3)

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Nottingham Trent University (3-3) 66-71 Worcester Wolves (4-1)

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Sunday 6th December, 2020

Ipswich (6-0) 97-89 Solent Kestrels (3-4)

Ipswich maintained their perfect start to the season after fending off the challenge of Solent, in their first home game. Nick Drane’s side had won five straight on the road and were finally on familiar soil as Harriet Welham put up another 30 points to go with eight assists.

Krisztina Velkey kept the Kestrels in contention with 23 points, six rebounds and seven assists as they came up short in a high-scoring thriller to drop to 3-4.

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Postponed: BA London Lions II-Loughborough Riders; CoLA Southwark Pride-Cardiff Met Archers II

Standings: Ipswich 6-0; Worcester Wolves 4-1; Loughborough Riders 3-2; Nottingham Trent University 3-3; Solent Kestrels 3-4; Anglia Ruskin University 2-0; CoLA Southwark Pride, Reading Rockets 2-3; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-1; Bristol Flyers, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-2, BA London Lions II 0-4

Week 7

Saturday 28th November, 2020

Loughborough Riders (2-2) 72-53 Thames Valley Cavaliers (0-1)

Robyn Ainge scored 21 points in 21 minutes, while Makana Stone posted a double-double to lead Loughborough to a comfortable home win. The American finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds as well as five steals with the home side dominating the second quarter with a 30-9 period.

The Cavaliers made their season debut and fought to the end as they took the fourth 24-12 to reduce the overall margin of defeat with 21 points from Katherine Goldsby.

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Worcester Wolves (3-1) 63-75 Ipswich (5-0)

Ipswich came out on top in the unbeaten battle at the top as they moved to 5-0 with another impressive road victory. Nick Drane’s side trailed 14-11 to Worcester after a tight first 10 minutes, but began to pull clear – excelling in transition and raced clear for a 12-point win.

Harriet Welham top scored with 22 points, while Danielle Cazey had 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting inside and Ella Pearson added 15 points. For Worcester, Shanice Turner finished with 13 points and 11 boards for a double-double in defeat.

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Nottingham Trent University (2-2) 71-66 Reading Rockets (1-3)

NTU started their weekend double-header by picking up their third league win as they held off Reading in a hard-fought contest. Mady Burdett led the way with a 20-point haul for the home side as they backed up last week’s convincing victory to continue their momentum.

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Sunday 29th November, 2020

Solent Kestrels (3-2) 75-66 Nottingham Trent University (3-2)

Solent denied Nottingham a weekend double as they recorded their third win to join their opponents on a 3-2 record. Faye Endean had 19 points along with seven steals, while Krisztina Velkey finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

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Postponed: Solent Kestrels-CoLA Southwark Pride; NTU-Cardiff Met Archers II; Bristol Flyers-BA London Lions II; Reading Rockets-Anglia Ruskin University

Standings: Ipswich 5-0; Worcester Wolves 3-1; Nottingham Trent University, Solent Kestrels 3-2; Loughborough Riders 2-2; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-3; Anglia Ruskin University 1-0; Reading Rockets 1-3; Cardiff Met Archers II 0-0; Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-1; Bristol Flyers 0-2, BA London Lions II 0-4

Week 6

Saturday 21st November, 2020

Loughborough Riders (1-2) 67-82 Worcester Wolves (3-0)

Carolina Marques led Worcester to 3-0 as they came from behind to win in overtime on the road. The Portuguese guard put up 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Grace Brownell added a 16-8-5 stat-line that included the huge three to force the extra period.

Loughborough saw Makana Stone foul out down the stretch with the American top scoring with 17 points and 11 rebounds with the hosts held scoreless in overtime as they were also on the wrong end of a 26-2 run to end the game having led 65-56 with 3:41 to play.

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Nottingham Trent University (2-1) 68-44 CoLA Southwark Pride (2-3)

NTU picked up their second win as they pulled clear in the second half to beat CoLA on their home floor. Vicky Gray had a game-high 16 points with Isabel Bueriberi adding 14 points, five rebounds and four assists for the victors.

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Sunday 22nd November, 2020

Reading Rockets (1-2) 64-57 Solent Kestrels (2-2)

Reading secured their first win of the league season as they overcame the tough challenge of Solent. Sitota Gines Espinosa starred with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Rockets held their opponents to just 20 points through the middle periods to gain control.

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Postponed: BA London Lions II-Worcester Wolves; Thames Valley Cavaliers-Bristol Flyers; Anglia Ruskin University-Loughborough Riders

Standings: Ipswich 4-0; Worcester Wolves 3-0; Nottingham Trent University 2-1; Solent Kestrels 2-2; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-3; Anglia Ruskin University 1-0; Loughborough Riders, Reading Rockets 1-2; Cardiff Met Archers II, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-0; Bristol Flyers 0-2, BA London Lions II 0-4

Week 5

Saturday 14th November, 2020

Worcester Wolves (2-0) 83-36 BA London Lions II (0-4)

Loughborough Riders (1-1) 64-61 Reading Rockets (0-2)

Makana Stone led Loughborough Riders to their first win of the D1 campaign with a dominant double-double. The American rookie finished with 18 points, 25 rebounds and three assists as the Riders held off the challenge of Reading Rockets, who were also searching for their first success and had a shot of forcing overtime at the death.

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Sunday 15th November, 2020

CoLA Southwark Pride (2-2) 77-81 Ipswich (4-0)(OT)

Ipswich came through their toughest test yet as they moved to 4-0 with a third successive road win, overcoming CoLA Southwark Pride in overtime. Harriet Welham fired in 34 points to go with 10 rebounds for another double-double.

Back-to-back threes from Welham and Cameron Taylor-Willis gave the visitors the ascendancy, but CoLA battle back and a huge triple from Simona Henshaw helped her side force OT. In the extra period, Esther Little – who posted a 16-10-5 stat-line – produced at both ends with a block followed by an and-1 as Ipswich ground out the win to stay perfect.

Isi Ozzy-Momodu had 23 points and 10 rebounds for CoLA as they dropped back to .500 through four games.

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Postponed: Worcester Wolves-Thames Valley Cavaliers; Solent Kestrels-Nottingham Trent University; Bristol Flyers-Anglia Ruskin University; Cardiff Met Archers II-BA London Lions II

Standings: Ipswich 4-0; Worcester Wolves 2-0; Solent Kestrels 2-1; CoLA Southwark Pride 2-2; Anglia Ruskin University 1-0; Loughborough Riders, Nottingham Trent University 1-1; Cardiff Met Archers II, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-0; Bristol Flyers, Reading Rockets 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-4

Week 4

UPDATE: Anglia Ruskin University and Bristol Flyers have confirmed they will not compete during the second lockdown period.

Saturday 7th November, 2020

Nottingham Trent University (1-1) 79-92 Ipswich (3-0)

Ipswich moved to 3-0 to go further clear at the top of Division 1 with another impressive win on the road against unbeaten opposition. Esther Little continued her dominance with 17 points, 23 rebounds and four assists – racking up a double-double inside the opening quarter – before suffering an injury on a drive to the basket.

Cameron Taylor-Willis caught fire in a 28-point outing, while reigning MVP Harriet Welham also posted a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and Becky Harwood-Bellis added 16 points including 10 in the pivotal second.

The visitors edged a high scoring first 10 minutes before breaking clear in the second and were able to hold on for a third straight success. Brahe Ashton had 19 points for the hosts in defeat.

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Loughborough Riders (0-1) 83-98 Solent Kestrels (2-1)

Solent picked up their second win of the season as Krisztina Velkey starred with 23 points and 12 assists on the road at Loughborough. The visitors put up 29 points in the second quarter to move ahead and finished strong in the final period to run out 15-point winners.

Erin Hikin put up 26 points, six rebounds and four assists in Loughborough’s season opener having led by double digits early in the contest.

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Sunday 8th November, 2020

CoLA Southwark Pride (2-1) 77-51 BA London Lions II (0-3)

CoLA Southwark Pride picked up their second win in D1 with a convincing home win over BA London Lions II. Simona Henshaw top scored with 20 points as her side jumped out to a 27-7 start and eased to victory with Molly Lavin adding 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

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Postponed: Cardiff Met Archers II-Thames Valley Cavaliers; Anglia Ruskin University-Worcester Wolves; Reading Rockets-Bristol Flyers

Standings: Ipswich 3-0; CoLA Southwark Pride, Solent Kestrels 2-1; Anglia Ruskin University, Worcester Wolves 1-0; Nottingham Trent University 1-1; Cardiff Met Archers II, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-0; Loughborough Riders, Reading Rockets 0-1; Bristol Flyers 0-2; BA London Lions II 0-3

Week 3

Saturday 31st October, 2020

Solent Kestrels (1-1) 71-79 Ipswich (2-0)

Ipswich made it two wins from two with a hard-fought win on the road at Solent as Esther Little produced another all-round display. The Gonzaga commit finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for a near triple-double effort, while Charlotte Redhead top scored with 18 points – all from beyond the arc.

Danielle Cazey also netted 17 points for the visitors with Harriet Welham putting up 15 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. For Solent, Krisztina Velkey had 24 points, 17 rebounds and five assists but could not prevent her side slipping to their first defeat.

The hosts did have a narrow lead at the half-time break, but Ipswich came out firing in the third with five triples between Cazey and Redhead sparked a pivotal 18-3 burst. The gap was back down to five with six minutes to go before, though the hosts were kept scoreless for a crucial five-minute stretch.

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Nottingham Trent University (1-0) 88-53 BA London Lions II (0-2)

NTU enjoyed a dominant start to their campaign as they led from start to finish to brush aside the visiting Lions. Former Mystics forward Isabel Bueriberi posted 11 points, 15 rebounds and four steals in the win with Mady Burdett top scoring with 18 points.

The home side scored the opening seven points of the contest and never looked back; holding their opponents to just six points in the third as the lead had grown to 31 points.

BA continued to fight as they were edged in a high-scoring fourth period with Leia Edwards recording a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards, while Kian Omer-Jones had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

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Postponed: Worcester Wolves-Reading Rockets; Bristol Flyers-Loughborough Riders; CoLA Southwark Pride-Thames Valley Cavaliers

Standings: Ipswich 2-0; Anglia Ruskin University, Nottingham Trent University, Worcester Wolves 1-0; CoLA Southwark Pride, Solent Kestrels 1-1; Cardiff Met Archers II, Loughborough Riders, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-0; Reading Rockets 0-1; BA London Lions II, Bristol Flyers 0-2

Week 2

Saturday 24th October, 2020

BA London Lions II (0-1) 60-99 Ipswich (1-0)

Defending D1 champions Ipswich started their defence with a convincing victory on the road against BA London Lions II. The visitors were led by a 37-point display from the reigning MVP, Harriet Welham, while Esther Little hauled down 22 boards to go with 21 points, six assists, three steals and three blocks.

Ipswich opened on a 17-3 run to take control and broke further clear with a dominant third period to extend their advantage beyond the 30-point mark for a statement victory.

It was a tough opener for the Lions, who battled well in the second quarter, and had 12 points and nine rebounds from Fatma Abdelaziz.

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Bristol Flyers (0-2) 63-68 Solent Kestrels (1-0)

It was a second consecutive defeat for Bristol as Solent Kestrels opened their campaign with a five-point triumph. The visitors trailed 51-46 at the start of the fourth, but put together a pivotal 12-0 run on their way to victory.

Faye Endean top scored with 17 points along with five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the win with Chiara Di Stefano adding 14 points, while the Flyers were led by Mai Zilbeti’s 16 points off the bench.

“Considering it was my first Division 1 game and I was very nervous at the start, I did come out of that game very pleased with my performance,” Endean told Hoopsfix. “But more importantly, as a team I think we just kept working on the defensive end and that is how we got a win out of the game.

“That was a great first start to our season but I know our team is only going to keep building and getting better together.”

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Anglia Ruskin University (1-0) 69-50 CoLA Southwark Pride (1-1)

Jazmin Gyulai led Anglia Ruskin to a comfortable opening win with 20 points, six rebounds and five steals against CoLA Southwark Pride. The hosts doubled up their opponents in the second to take a 41-29 advantage into half-time, and never looked back.

ARU also had Courtney Gray with 14 points and 11 rebounds with Autumn Kalis adding 13 points and 12 boards.

Molly Lavin had a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 rebounds for CoLA Southwark Pride, who drop to a 1-1 record through the first two weeks.

Box score.

Postponed: Loughborough Riders-Worcester Wolves; Thames Valley Cavaliers-Nottingham Trent University; Reading Rockets-Cardiff Met Archers

Standings: Anglia Ruskin University, Ipswich, Solent Kestrels, Worcester Wolves 1-0; CoLA Southwark Pride 1-1; Cardiff Met Archers II, Loughborough Riders, Nottingham Trent University, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-0; BA London Lions II, Reading Rockets 0-1; Bristol Flyers 0-2

Week 1

Saturday 17th October, 2020

Worcester Wolves (1-0) 68-58 Bristol Flyers (0-1)

The opening game of the 2020-21 WNBL D1 season saw newly promoted Worcester Wolves claim a 10-point triumph over Bristol Flyers. Portuguese guard Carolina Marques impressed with a 21-point haul, closely followed by Shanice Turner’s 20 points.

The Wolves edged every quarter in the game played at the club’s University of Worcester Arena with 2018-19 league champs Bristol coming up short down the stretch having tied the game in the fourth.

Mai Zilbeti top scored with a team-high 15 points, while Fiona Fox also reached double figures with 10.

Watch the full game replay below:

Sunday 18th October, 2020

CoLA Southwark Pride (1-0) 72-52 Reading Rockets (0-1)

A 22-9 opening period set the tone for CoLA Southwark Pride on their way to a 20-point victory over Reading Rockets. Simona Henshaw led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds with Emily O’Connell adding 15 points.

GB U16 star Isi Ozzy-Momodu posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds from the bench with international team-mate Molly Lavin grabbing nine boards in her D1 debut having made the switch from Richmond Knights.

For the Rockets, Corianne Burgess and Sitota Gines Espinosa shared 12 points apiece with the visitors unable to capitalise on 30 turnovers from their opponents.

Box score.

Standings: CoLA Southwark Pride, Worcester Wolves 1-0; Anglia Ruskin University, BA London Lions II, Cardiff Met Archers II, Ipswich, Loughborough Riders, Nottingham Trent University, Solent Kestrels, Thames Valley Cavaliers 0-0; Bristol Flyers, Reading Rockets 0-1

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