Lions, Met Mystics and Eagles secure huge victories on Super Saturday of Basketball; Riders and Met Archers also win

WBBL CUP

Cardiff Met Archers 77-70 Gloucester City Queens (22-14, 33-35, 55-52, 77-70)
(Archers: K. Kheing – 19, S. Hatch – 16, C. Roy – 12; Queens: M. Ball – 26, C. Abbott – 19, M. Fitzpatrick – 17)

Caledonia Pride 50-84 Newcastle Eagles (4-18, 14-40, 34-59, 50-84)
(Pride: M. Ranger – 17, S. Phillips – 15, E. Kerr – 10; Eagles: M. McVicar – 22, E.Horton – 13, J. Eadsforth-Yaytes – 12

London Lions 83-52 Essex Rebels
(Lions: Breen – 17, Leonard – 16, Umeh – 13; Rebels: Paxton – 15 Kohlhass – 10, Haines – 10)

Leicester Riders 57-48 Oaklands Wolves (14-13, 31-25, 39-36, 57-48)
(Riders: A. Lappenkuper – 14, H. Robb – 11, L. Rouse – 9; Wolves: G. Uprus – 17, L. Harrison – 8, K. Spence – 5

Manchester Met Mystics 81-65 Nottingham Wildcats (25-12, 43-23, 57-44, 81-65)
(Mystics: G. Jones – 26, R. Bailey – 20, L. Thomas-Johnson – 12; Wildcats: K. Nicholas – 22, N. Charity – 21, B. Ashton – 13

The WBBL Cup continued this afternoon following an exciting opening night yesterday, with the Cardiff Met Mystics, Leicester Riders, London Lions, Manchester Met Mystics and Newcastle Eagles all picking up important wins.

The Gloucester City Queens were impressive in their first ever game, particularly Marlee Ball who dropped 26 against her former club, also grabbing nine rebounds too.

However, a monstrous 16-points 16-rebounds double-double from Shannon Hatch as well as an extra 19 points from Kim Kheing inspired the home side Archers to victory.

Meanwhile in Scotland, last season’s WBBL Play-Off runners-up Eagles put on a dominating performance, with Maddie McVicar leading the scoring with 22 points.

It was a disappointing day for Caledonia Pride, but there were plenty of positives to be taken from their second half display, where they found a bit of scoring rhythm through the likes of Sian Phillips (15) and Maud Ranger (17).

In London, the Lions continued their impressive start to the season following on from their excellent win in the EuroCup Women earlier in the week, as Cassie Been, Kennedy Leonard, Stephanie Umeh and Holly Winterburn all scored 13 or more points.

Claire Paxton performed really well on her debut for the Essex Rebels, as she dropped a team-high 15 points, but the quality in depth for the Lions proved too much on this occasion.

The Riders, who are the current WBBL Championship holders, also got off to a winning start as they defeated Oaklands Wolves in a tough-fought battle with Anna Lappenkuper leading the East Midlands side to victory with her 14 points.

Both defences didn’t give up many easy looks or buckets, but Wolves guard Greeta Uprus was the player to find a solution the most as she dropped a game-high of 17 points, despite being on the losing team.

Finally, the Met Mystics also picked up a victory today after outplaying the Nottingham Wildcats in a very high-scoring game, with four players reaching over 20 points – including Georgia Jones who dropped a game-high (and joint high for the entire competition tonight) of 26.

Kennedy Nicholas continued her impressive start to life with the Wildcats, dropping another 22 points this evening after scoring 30 the night before, but unfortunately for her and the rest of her team, they fell a little too short.

The results tonight mean unfortunately Caledonia Pride and Nottingham Wildcats are both out of the competition, while Durham Palatinates v Newcastle Eagles in Group A and Sheffield Hatters v Manchester Met Mystics in Group B will decide the winners of those respective groups, with both ties being played tomorrow!