Capital gain for Pride in first win of the campaign
BA London Lions 69 – 75 Caledonia Pride (15-24, 34-36, 45-48)
Caledonia Pride came through an exciting fourth quarter to record their first win of the 2018/19 WBBL Championship campaign, beating BA London Lions 75-69 on the road.
Lions had started the season well but both teams are now 1-1, with this being Pride’s fourth consecutive league win over Lions in the last two years.
Leading scorers – Voyovna 19, Brantlova 16, Christie 9 (Lions); Weledji 28, Millar 16, Robb 7 (Pride)
Turning point – Pride opened the game 14-2 and did not trail until early in a decisive fourth quarter. They responded to going behind with a 9-3 run to lead 62-57 inside the final five minutes, as Hannah Robb hit a three-pointer and Shawnisay Millar scored consecutively, while they held their hosts scoreless for two minutes.
Key stat – Pride shot an extremely good 47% from beyond the three-point line, led by 4-6 (66%) from Tia Weledji, with Pollyanna Storie 1-2, and both Hannah Robb and Ella Doherty making their only efforts.
Game hero – Tia Weledji led the scoring with a huge haul of 28 points, including those three-pointers and 8-8 at the free-throw line.