Landmark moment for the WBBL newcomers
Essex Rebels 103-90 Newcastle Eagles (25-20, 44-38, 65-62, 87-87)
Those present at an absorbing contest will never forget a special day for WBBL rookies Essex Rebels as they claimed a first ever league victory in the top flight.
It also proved to be a memorable way to get off the mark as they outlasted the Eagles in an absolute overtime epic, while hitting the century mark for good measure.
Leading scorers – Jessy Ward 36, DeAngelique Waithe 32, Cat Lutz 21 (Rebels); Kalina Axentieva 27, Giulia Simioni 15, Kara Bonenberger 14 (Eagles)
Turning point – Kalina Axentieva was excellent for the visitors and the leading light, but two missed free throws late in regulation and it proved costly. Meanwhile a great start by Rebels in overtime was also a difference-maker.
Key stat – Rebels dropped 50% of their attempts from two-point range and this eye-catching effort inside really laid the foundation for the victory. Also their three-point shooting was on-point too.
Game hero(es) – Jessy Ward was sensational with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals. It was DeAngelique Waithe who did much of the early running for her team and she was also superb with a 32-point and 12 rebound double-double.