WBBL Trophy Comes Alive on Saturday

Four WBBL Trophy group stage games on Saturday kept the competition alive and set up some crucial ties on Sunday, particularly in the two southern groups.

In the South 1 group, Loren Christie hit 26 points as BA London Lions beat Essex Rebels 89-68 to make it four straight road wins in all competitions. Sunday sees Lions try to maintain that record as they visit Sevenoaks Suns, who can top the group with a win.

Meanwhile, in South 2, Leicester Riders beat Cardiff Met Archers 100-82 as Holly Winterburn scored 23 points, meaning that they can win the group if they beat Oaklands Wolves on Sunday.

In North 1 a derby game went to the wire as Newcastle Eagles came through overtime to beat Durham Palatinates 72-68 with Kalina Axentieva hitting a crucial three-pointer among her 19 points, meaning that all of the teams in that group are now sitting on one win.

Finally, nothing can be decided yet in the North 2 group either after Manchester Mystics beat Nottingham Wildcats 96-85 behind Evelyn Ovner’s double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds.