Hustle the key as Christie helps Lions break season duck

The wait is over for BA London Lions as they picked up their first win of the season as the WBBL Trophy began over the weekend.

GB junior international Loren Christie posted 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lions to a 75-70 success over her former side Oaklands Wolves, on Sunday evening.

“The game was a tough one – we all went in with the mentality to win and really worked hard for the dub,” declared Christie.

“It was a joint effort with all the guards pushing the ball in transition and finding us easy looks.

“I think it all came down to our hustle and desire to finally get that win – with the support of the crowd, we managed to get it done.”

She added: “I must say it feels great to get the win since we’ve been in any close games but we finally pulled through.

“Charlotte Ellmore had a great contribution with her leadership and putting up 12 points and 5 assists left us in a great position to win and with Tereza (Brantlova) and Flora (Durgerian) hitting open shots.

“I’m really proud of everyone.”

Durham Palatinates also started their Trophy campaign with victory as they edged out Manchester Mystics 75-74 in overtime – boosted by three double-doubles

Maria Gonzalez posted 23 points and 11 assists, while Cierra Ceazer had 18 points and 13 boards with Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby racking up 16 points to go with 17 rebounds.

Also in Trophy action, Aleysha Lovett scored 24 points to lead Nottingham Wildcats to a 72-65 win over Cardiff Met Archers and Caledonia Pride defeated Team Northumbria 64-82 behind 18 points and 14 boards from Tricia Oakes.

Leicester Riders closed the gap on Sevenoaks Suns in the league with a 90-71 success against Durham with Dee Hayward firing in 29 points in the win.

 

Manchester had started their weekend with a 79-70 overtime triumph against Cardiff as Sam Roscoe and Georgia Jones combined for 40 points for the hosts.

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