Derby joy, close calls and new signings on Saturday

There was a blistering success in the big north-east derby on Saturday afternoon for Newcastle Eagles as they stung local rivals Durham Palatinates on the road 78-53. Georgia Ohrdorf came up with a majestic double-double of 20 points and 17 boards, while Giulia Simioni handed out a WBBL season high 14 assists.

Elsewhere, Peterman FLT Hatters handed a debut to Great Britain forward Chantelle Pressley as they eased past Cardiff Met Archers 74-44.

Meanwhile Sevenoaks Suns and Nottingham Wildcats both remain unbeaten and level on points at the top of the standings. Suns were given a scare by Essex Rebels who were inspired by 25 points from Andrea Kohlhaas as they also launched an amazing comeback bid by scoring 38 points in the last quarter. But, Suns hung on to take an 81-77 road win.

Wildcats also moved to 4-0 and they needed to work hard to see off Oakland Wolves 72-63, as Chelsey Shumpert and Jasmine Joyner both showed out. The former had 36 points which is the highest by any player this season, as well as grabbing 10 boards. Joyner also landed a double-double with 20 points and 14 boards.

Durham Palatinates 53-78 Newcastle Eagles (10-25, 19-46, 41-66)
(Palatinates – Hayward 13, Ceazer 9, Elderkin 8; Eagles – Ohrdorf 20, Kvederaviciute 12, Koop 12 )

Peterman FLT Sheffield Hatters 74-44 Cardiff Met Archers (20-15,38-30,54-42)
(Sheffield – Rosario 25, Cooney 12, Livulo 12, Pressley 12; Archers – Jorgensen 13, Bigica 10, Collins 8)

Essex Rebels 77-81 Sevenoaks Suns (7-21, 30-43, 39-62)
(Rebels – Kohlhaas 25, Rendle 23, Sarson 13; Suns – Carr 16, Koppl 12, Garrido-Perez 12 )

Nottingham Wildcats 72-63 Oaklands Wolves (20-16, 39-34, 57-47)
(Wildcats – Shumpert 36, Joyner 20, Russell 8 ; Wolves – Harrison 21, Abbott 12, Schluter 8, Boros 8)