Sevenoaks Suns 63-51 Leicester Riders (14-18, 31-24, 44-41, 63-51)
(Suns – Carr 20, Clark 15, Da Silva 10; Riders – Stewart 12, Lappenkuper 11, Winterburn 7)
Cardiff Met Archers 62-67 Nottingham Wildcats (13-17, 30-40, 54-57, 62-67)
(Archers – Shanahan 18, Hatch 18, Lewis 14; Wildcats – Costa 20, Egharevba 16, Lundqvist 12)
The Sevenoaks Suns continued their unbeaten season as they moved ever closer to claiming another WBBL Championship after they overcame second place Leicester Riders on Wednesday.
This defeat was only the second of the season for the Riders, and the defeat was brought on by a phenomenal display by Catherine Carr, who finished just one assist shy of a triple double.
Carr put up 20 points, twelve rebounds and nine assists, and was provided fantastic help from Tayani Clark, who was also close to a triple-double herself, with 15 points, twelve rebounds and seven assists.
It was a tough afternoon for the Riders with only two players making it into double digits in the game, and a troubled second quarter where the side only managed six points left them with a mountain to climb to recover the game.
Azania Stewart had a solid display for the visitors with twelve points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Anna Lappenkuper had eleven on the night, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Suns unbeaten run.
Now the Championship title comes down to the weekend, as a Leicester loss to London on Saturday or anything short of a 13-point loss to Leicester on Sunday will see Sevenoaks claim their third WBBL Championship title.
The Nottingham Wildcats jump up to fourth in the WBBL Championship with a five-point victory over the Cardiff Met Archers in Wales.
The Wildcats jumped out to a double-digit lead by the end of the second quarter, however, the Archers made a third quarter comeback to bring the game back into the balance with the visitors leading by just one basket.
For Nottingham, Simone Costa led the side in scoring with a 20-point display, but she was provided great help from Praise Egharevba who had a double-double with 16 points and twelve rebounds.
Moa Lundqvist also made it into double digits with a twelve point and seven rebound performance to help secure a ninth win of the season for the Wildcats.
Four out of five Cardiff starters made it into double digits in defeat to the Wildcats, but a poor fourth quarter shooting performance where the side only managed eight points held them back from clinching what would have been a huge victory.
Laura Shanahan and Shannon Hatch both provided 18 points for the Archers, with the latter also picking up eight rebounds and four steals, but Stef Collins side fell to their thirteenth league defeat.