Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 91-37 Durham Palatinates (25-11, 46-24, 66-29)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters put WBBL newcomers Durham Palatinates to the sword in their season-opener, winning 91-37 as they pursue a return to the top following a season without a trophy.
The lead was built with a three-point barrage, going through thirty just after half time when Hatters hit their tenth triple to put the game well beyond the visitors.
Leading Scorers – Velkey 20, Naylor 17, Gandy 12 (Hatters); Fong Lyew Quee 24, Ottewill 7, Birkett 3 (Palatinates)
Turning Point – Hatters scored 13 points in a row after being down early in the first quarter, making the score 17-5 on a pair of Krisztina Velkey three-pointers. That became an insurmountable 25-11 first quarter lead.
Key Stat – Hatters scored 30 points – a third of their total – from the 25 turnovers that they forced, as the former champions put pressure on the WBBL newbies and punished mistakes.
Game Hero(es) – Krisztina Velkey had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, shooting six three-pointers at 66%. She combined with Helen Naylor, who added 17 points and another three triples.