Ta’Yani Clark revels in another O2 triumph

Ta’Yani Clark has now been part of the winning team in the WBBL Play-Off Final for three years in a row, at The O2 Arena.

The experienced guard helped Sevenoaks Suns defend their title with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists in their 69-44 success over Leicester Riders.

“It’s a feeling that never gets old,” she declared.

“Having gone with Team Northumbria two seasons ago and being unable to play due to injury was still awesome to be apart of, but being able to play and win is incredible.

“Each season has been different, but all very special.”

Clark’s effort of 16 rebounds set a new WBBL Play-Off Final record after surpassing the previous mark of 14 set by team-mate Cat Carr, last year.

Sunday’s victory completed a historic WBBL double for the Suns to accompany their league title having also reached the WBBL Trophy Final.

“Coming into the game we wanted to play hard for 40 minutes,” said Clark. “We haven’t been able to do that before the Final so that was a focus point for us.

“I think we succeeded in doing so, Leicester has a great team and really pushed us.

She added: “It’s awesome to win both the league and Play-off titles – we knew it would take hard work and lots of preparation. Preparation started in September, every practice and game prepared us for this.”

Clark also praised two-time Play-Off Finals MVP and the 2017-18 league MVP, Carr, after another starring display to lead Sevenoaks to glory with 19 points and 8 assists.

“She’s a leader for us both on and off the court and a great friend of mine.

“The amount of effort she puts into the game, it’s no surprise the success she’s gained this season.”

You can re-live Sevenoaks’ title triumph at The O2 by watching on BBC iPlayer, HERE.