Sheffield and Oaklands earn first Championship victories

Peterman FLT Sheffield Hatters and Oaklands Wolves put Championship points on the board for the first time on what proved to be an exciting Saturday.

Sheffield began the day’s action by picking up a 79-72 victory on the road against Manchester Mystics – the club’s first Championship points of the season. Kayla Thigpen stole the show for the visitors with a game-high 21 points.

Helen Naylor made it a double celebration for Sheffield as the star forward passed 1500 WBBL Championship career points in the win.

It was a first league win of the season too for Oaklands. The home side secured a 73-65 victory over Caledonia Pride. Anneke Schluter led the way with 30 points.

WBBL Championship (All Games)

Manchester Mystics 72-79 Peterman FLT Sheffield Hatters (19-14, 38-35, 54-58)

(Mystics – Djassi 19, Roscoe / Bailey 16; Hatters – Thigpen 21, Thomas 19, Naylor 13)

Oaklands Wolves 73-65 Caledonia Pride (14-11, 34-31, 55-52)

(Wolves – Schluter 30, Boros 11, Kiploks 9; Pride – Robb 16, Bailey 15, Storie 10)