A close match in Cardiff ends in victory for the Archers, and Lightning make a statement with a 24-point lead at the final buzzer.
Cardiff Met Archers 35 – 32 Worcester Wolves
Worcester Wolves travelled to Cardiff Met Archers, fresh off the back of their first win in the WPL having beaten East London Phoenix the weekend previous. After a steady first half, the Archers came out of the half-time break with renewed vigour and seemed unstoppable in Q3, building a 17-point lead. Wolves met the challenge, giving a huge performance to recover lost ground in Q4 by bringing the score near-level from the 17-deficit. Archers held off the Wolves offense, winning 35:32 in front of their home crowd.
Leah Evans (Archers) was game leader on points with 16 points. Jade Atkin was second top performer for Archers with 8 points, followed by teammate Anastasia Blease with 7 points.
Blease was game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds, with J. Atkin second top performer for Archers with 7 rebounds. Maddie Martin and Fran Antoniazzi tie for third on Archers top performers with 4 rebounds each. Blease was top performer for Archers on assists with 2 assists.
For Wolves, there was a three-way tie on top points with Jade Loughlin, Sarah Hope, and Ellan Fraser all getting 10 points each.
On rebounds, Hope had 14 rebounds, followed by Ellan Fraser with 13 rebounds – a double-double for both players. Kayla Bell was third top performer for Wolves with 7 rebounds. Hope was game leader on assists with 4 assists.
Loughborough Lightning 66 – 42 East London Phoenix
Lightning made a statement on Saturday at home with a 24-point victory over visitors East London Phoenix. After an exchange of game leadership in the first quarter and into the second, Lightning switched on in Q2 and lit up the scoreboard with a flurry of impressive shots. Phoenix worked to regain momentum as the deficit grew, chipping away at the home team’s defense where they could. At the final buzzer, Lightning took the win and continued their perfect streak – 7/7.
Lucy Robinson (Lightning) was game leader on points with 21 points, with teammate Robyn Love as second top performer for Lightning with 16 points. Laurie Williams and Siobhan Fitzpatrick tied for third top performer for Lightning on points with 10 points each.
Love was game leader on rebounds with 16 rebounds. Williams was second top performer for Lightning with 10 rebounds, followed by Niamh Horan with 7 rebounds.
Williams was game leader on assists with 12 assists, followed by Love with 9 assists.
Bethany Wheeler was top performer for Phoenix on points with 18 points, followed by Amy Conroy with 11 points and Alice McHaffie with 9 points.
Wheeler had 14 rebounds, making her top performer for Phoenix on rebounds, followed by Amy Conroy with 10 rebounds, and joint third top performer was Curran Brown and McHaffie with 5 rebounds each. Wheeler was top performer for Phoenix on assists with 6 assists.
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