Riders reach Trophy semis as Lions maintain perfect start

WBBL Championship
Newcastle Eagles 61-72 BA London Lions (21-20, 30-32, 49-49, 61-72)
(Eagles – Gorrell 28, Mcivar 13, Chukwu-Etu 7; Lions – Breen 20, Umeh 18, Beckford-Norton 14)

WBBL Trophy, Quarter Final
Leicester Riders 81-57 Oaklands Wolves (22-19, 47-37, 66-45, 81-57)
(Riders – Oliver 23, Winterburn 21, Ainge 12; Wolves – Uprus 22, Rouse 13, Sarson 7)

Leicester Riders confirmed their place in the WBBL Trophy on Sunday afternoon as BA London Lions maintained their 100% record in the WBBL Championship.

The defending champions from 2020’s competition, the Riders continued their defence of the Trophy in convincing fashion, as they enjoyed a comfortable victory over Oaklands. The Lions kept up their perfect start to the WBBL Championship, as they made it four wins from four in a tight affair in Newcastle.

The Wolves made a bright start to the game in Leicester however the Riders came out firing in the middle two periods and had built a sizeable lead going into the final 10 minutes.

Leicester were buoyed by the pairing of Kate Oliver and Holly Winterburn who both recorded double-doubles, with Oliver leading the game in scoring with 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Greeta Uprus performed well for Oaklands as she posted 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as Uprus filled the stat sheet nicely, but the Riders’ firepower proved to be too much for the Wolves.

It was a tighter affair in Newcastle as the Lions impressive fourth quarter performance secured a hard-fought win against a Newcastle side who have only won once in the Championship this season.

Alison Gorrell enjoyed another fine afternoon for the Eagles as she racked up a game high 28 points along with 8 assists as the game was tied going into the fourth and final quarter. However, the Eagles couldn’t secure a much-needed victory as London outscored Newcastle by 23 points to 12 in a hugely impressive fourth quarter showing.

Cassie Breen led the Lions in scoring with 20 points as Shanice Beckford-Norton posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a huge showing for an in-form Lions side.