05 May 2019: Riders 72-68 Hatters

Riders book return to the capital

benecos WBBL Play-Offs Semi-Final

Leicester Riders 72-68 Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (23-18, 39-29, 59-51)

They were pushed all the way, but a triumphant Leicester Riders got the job done against Hatters and are now looking forward to going back to The O2 for the benecos WBBL Play-Off Final.

Last year’s runners-up will be looking to go one better this time around and could yet face Sevenoaks Suns in a repeat of the 2018 Final.

Leading scorers – Kate Oliver 32, Holly Winterburn 19, Dee Hayward 9 (Riders) – Sarah Toeaina 24, Alison Gorrell 14, Luiana Livulo 11 (Hatters)

Turning point – Hatters lost experience and a scoring presence when Helen Naylor limped off the court in the first-half, while they also then lost Luiana Livulo who fouled out ahead of crunch time.

Key stat – The hosts controlled the ball very well in a pressure game. They spilled it only 11 times.

Game hero(es) – Kate Oliver was head and shoulders above everyone else on the floor with a stunning double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds. Holly Winterburn weighed in with the cameo as she finished with 19 points and 8 boards.

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