Palatinates and Hatters pick up home wins as new season gets underway

WBBL Cup Group Stages
Durham Palatinates 77-42 Caledonia Pride (17-14, 34-24, 57-28)
(Palatinates – Hurtado Barbeito 17, Elderkin 16, Bennett 11; Pride – Ranger 11, Phillips 8, Tweedi 8)

WBBL Cup Group Stages “
Sheffield Hatters 94-53 Nottingham Wildcats (26-15, 48-27, 75-41)
(Hatters – Gayle 28, McGrath 14, Naylor 12; Wildcats – Nicholas 30, Ashton 9, Egharevba 7)

Durham Palatinates and Sheffield Hatters both secured comfortable victories as the 2021-22 WBBL season got underway with the WBBL Cup.

The nights first match saw Caledonia Pride travel to Durham Palatinates. In a one-sided Group A encounter it was Palatinates that went home with a 77-42 win. The first quarter was a tight affair that saw the hosts hold a narrow three-point advantage with the score at 17-14.

Palatinates started to pull away from their opponents in the second and third quarters. They added 17 in the second and 23 in the third whilst limiting Pride to just 14 points over the two periods.

They went on to play out the game in the last, adding a further 20 points to secure the win.

Goretti Hurtado Barbeito lead the scoring for the home side with 17 points while captain Kara Elderkin narrowly missed out on a double-double performance as she finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. For Pride, Maud Ranger had a good game, contributing 11 points and nine rebounds.

Sheffield Hatters welcomed Nottingham Wildcats to the All Saints Sports Centre in the days later tip-off. Much like the evenings other game it was a one-sided affair as Hatters picked up an impressive 94-53 victory.

Hatters got off to an electric start, scoring 25 points in the opening quarter to race into a nine-point lead. It was a lead that only got bigger as the game went on.

By half-time they had stretched their advantage to 21 as they went into the break 48-27 up. A massive third quarter of 27 points increased their lead again. Going into the last they had a lead of 34 with the score at 75-41 in the host’s favour.

Hatters finished strongly as they went on to win 94-53. Georgia Gayle stared for the home side as she dropped 28 points in a commanding display. Kennedy Nicholas was impressive for wildcats, finishing on 30 points.