WBBL Trophy Semi-Finalists set as curtain falls on opening weekend

The WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals will feature Sevenoaks Suns after they took the last available spot on offer during the last day of action at the University of Essex.

They joined Leicester Riders, Durham Palatinates and Nottingham Wildcats who had all secured safe passage on Saturday as they strode past Newcastle Eagles 81-57 Ta’Yani Clark was in excellent form once more as she flirted with a triple double by claiming 8 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.

The Betty Codona WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals will take place on a one-legged basis and the draw will be made during the coming weeks after the first phase of the WBBL Cup has also concluded.

Meanwhile even if their dreams of silverware had already been shattered, there were morale-boosting first wins of the season for a trio of clubs in the shape of Manchester Mystics, Oaklands Wolves and Petermans Sheffield Hatters.

Mystics rode past the still winless BA London Lions 67-49 off the back of a smart 18 points from Sam Roscoe, while Dom Allen racked up 13 boards and 6 assists. Wolves eased past Cardiff Met Archers 63-51 as Lauren Milligan impressed with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Hatters claimed victory in the last game of the weekend as they defeated hosts Essex Rebels 82-57. Captain Helen Naylor led the way with a game-high 19 points, along with eight rebounds and five assists.

Betty Codona WBBL Trophy (All Games)

Newcastle Eagles 57-81 Sevenoaks Suns (17-17, 34-43, 43-57)
(Eagles – Ohrdorf 18. Simioni 11, Koop 11; Suns: Carr 15, Monakana 13, Ofomata 13)

Cardiff Met Archers 51-63 Oaklands Wolves (15-19, 29-28, 39-47)
(Archers – Bigica 20, Shanahan 8, Kheing 6, Jorgensen 6; Wolves – Milligan 12, Abbott 11, Harrison 10)

Manchester Mystics 67-49 BA London Lions (22-11, 41-26, 56-33)
(Mystics – Roscoe 18, Bailey 17, Jones 11; Lions – Samoye 11, Velasquez 8, Powlesland 6)

Petermans Sheffield Hatters 82-57 Essex Rebels (21-13, 40-28, 68-42)
(Hatters – Naylor 19, Thomas 15, Cooney / Livulo 11; Rebels, Rendle 15, Ward 14, Kohlhaas 10)