Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters kept their title challenge on track with victory in Nottingham.
Nottingham Wildcats 56-81 Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (9-23, 24-44, 42-56)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters took the spoils on the road against Nottingham Wildcats, thanks to a 56-81 performance.
The Hatters returned to winning ways at the earliest opportunity and end the day level on points with Leicester Riders at the top of the table. Defeat for Nottingham sees their winning run ended at four games, but the side remain within touching distance of the three sides above them in the standings.
Leading scorers – Jasmine Joyner 24, Chelsey Shumpert 11, Isabel Bueriberi 8 (Wildcats), Alison Gorrell 23, Helen Naylor 16, Luiana Livulo 15 (Hatters)
Turning point – The visitors shot out of the blocks, racing to an early 14 point advantage by the end of the first quarter. The Hatters held their in-form hosts to just nine points in the opening 10 minutes.
Key stat – Nottingham struggled to find their offensive rhythm, shooting just 20/72 from the field and only hitting seven percent of their three point attempts.
Game hero(es) – Gorrell’s efficient 23 points and 10 rebounds was supported by double-doubles from Livulo – 15 points and 12 rebounds – and Sarah Toeaina – 11 points and 10 rebounds.