Newcastle Eagles enjoyed a successful return to Championship action with victory over Oaklands Wolves.
Newcastle Eagles 68-51 Oaklands Wolves (17-14, 30-30, 49-43)
Newcastle Eagles returned to Championship action with a bang, recording a 68-51 win over Oaklands Wolves at Sport Central. The visitors remain rooted to the bottom of the table, having lost their opening six encounters.
After nearly a month away from league duties, the win sees Newcastle collect their second victory of the season from just three outings – with plenty of games still in hand over the teams above them in the standings.
Leading scorers – Kalina Axetievas 22, Georgia Ohrdorf 19, Giulia Simioni 14 (Eagles); Roya Rustamzada 16, Anneke Schluter 11, Beth Sarson/Dorka Boros 7 (Wovles)
Turning point – After a back and forth opening 20 minutes, a 15-3 run by the home team to open the third period all but sealed the fate of the fixture. Newcastle established a double-digit advantage and it proved simply too big a hole for Oaklands to climb out from.
Key stat – The home team poured in 38 points in the paint, helping them to shoot a solid 48% on two-point attempts. Conversely, the visitors could only manage 14 points from the same range.
Game hero(es) – Kalina Axetievas and Georgia Ohrdorf combined for 41 points, while Giulia Simioni produced a near triple-double – 14 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists – to guide Newcastle to victory.