London and Nottingham Advance to Play-Off Semi-Finals

WBBL Play-Offs Quarter Final
Nottingham Wildcats 80-64 Manchester Met Mystics (23-12, 45-31, 59-47, 80-64)
(Wildcats – Shumpert 26, Costa 20, Lundqvist 16; Mystics – Shaw 18, Naylor 14, Jones 11)

WBBL Play-Offs Quarter Final
London Lions 92-65 Essex Rebels (17-16, 46-33, 66-52, 92-65)
(Lions – Leonard 22, Umeh 22, Charles 18; Rebels – Bieg Salazar – 22, Waithe 13, Munns 12)

London Lions and Nottingham Wildcats clinched a place in the WBBL Play-Off Semi-Finals on Sunday, setting up a clash between the two teams this Friday.

London Lions managed to beat the Essex Rebels by 27 points, thanks to a phenomenal display from MVP Kennedy Leonard, who put up 22 points to lead the Lions, along with a huge sixteen assists, eight rebounds and eight steals.

Stephanie Umeh provided fantastic help from the bench for the Lions, as she recorded a double-double herself in just 20 minutes of action, with 22 points and 13 rebounds from the bench. Chantel Charles and Cassie Breen also made it into double digits for the Lions, with 18 and 14 points respectively.

For the Rebels, Carla Bieg Salazar put up 22 points on the night, shooting 58% from the field, and was provided help from DeAngelique Waithe’s double-double, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Only one other Rebels starter made it into double figures, with Ashleigh Munns who scored 12, but a 33% shooting night from the field wasn’t enough to see Essex progress through May Madness.

Earlier, the Nottingham Wildcats also advanced into the Semi-Finals with a convincing 16 point victory over the Manchester Met Mystics.

Chelsey Shumpert led the way with a 26 point and seven rebound performance, but Moa Lundqvist also added perfect assistance with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Simone Costa scored 20 points on the night, and guard Tia Freeman also made it into double digits from the bench, with ten points, and two three point field goals.

Hannah Shaw led her team with 18 points and Helen Naylor secured another 14 points from the bench, whilst Georgia Jones had an all-round solid display for the Mystics, with eleven points, seven rebounds and three steals.

With both Quarter Finals now over, the line-up for the Semi-Finals – taking place LIVE on Sky Sports YouTube on Friday 7 May from 5:00pm – sees Sevenoaks Suns take on Newcastle Eagles and London Lions take on Nottingham Wildcats.