Kennedy Leonard drops triple-double as Lions, Suns…
Oaklands Wolves 48-56 Nottingham Wildcats (26-22, 33-35, 44-44, 48-56)
(Wolves: G.Uprus – 17, L.Milligan – 9, B.Sarson – 6; Wildcats: S.Costa – 14, M.Lundqvist – 14, C.Shumpert – 10)
Durham Palatinates 59-114 London Lions (16-32, 29-60, 42-87, 59-114)
(Palatinates: C.Paxton – 19, K.Elderkin – 9, G.Hurtado Barbeito – 9; Lions: K.Leonard – 24, C.Breen – 22, S.Umeh – 15)
Caledonia Pride 61-75 Sevenoaks Suns (15-25, 29-49, 44-63, 61-75)
(Pride: M.Ranger – 19, S.Phillips – 16, P.Storie – 10; Suns: I.Garrido-Perez – 16, L.Da Silva – 14, R.Busch – 12)
On the final day of the regular season in the WBBL Championship, London Lions guard Kennedy Leonard dropped an incredible triple-double to inspire her team into a comfortable victory against the Durham Palatinates, while the Sevenoaks Suns and Nottingham Wildcats also won as they head into the play-offs on the back of victories.
The Wildcats were the first team to add two points to their tally in the standings this evening, beating Oaklands Wolves by eight points where Moa Lundqvist’s big double-double helped her team to victory on the road.
The Wildcats guard played less than 30 minutes of action but still managed to score 14 points as well as contributing 12 rebounds, as Simone Costa matched her tally of points as the duo lead their team in scoring, with Chelsey Shumpert following closely behind with ten points of her own.
Greeta Uprus led the whole game in scoring with 17 points, but the defeat has left the Wolves in eighth place as the Newcastle Eagles leap-frogged them in the table thanks to their superior head-to-head record, meaning Oaklands will face the Suns in their play-off quarter finals this weekend.
Meanwhile in the North-East, the Lions put on a scoring clinic as they scored an incredible 119 points, while the brilliant Kennedy Leonard scored 24 points in 29 minutes, as well as making an amazing 17 assists, ten rebounds and eight steals in a stupendous triple-double performance.
Cassie Breen was also had a brilliant day out as she scored 22, while Stephanie Umeh came off the bench to add 15 despite playing just 17 minutes as she continues her fantastic form going into the play-offs, where they will face Essex Rebels first.
Meanwhile, the Palatinates were led by Claire Paxton, who managed a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, followed closely by Kara Elderkin who came one point away from her own double-double as she grabbed ten rebounds, but unfortunately for them, their season ends in defeat.
The final game of the day saw the WBBL Championship winners, the Suns, withstand Caledonia Pride’s comeback attempts to end their regular season campaign in victory, as Irene Garrido-Perez and Lavinia Da Silva combined for 30 points.
In a proper team effort from the Suns, both Renee Busch and Catherine Carr also reached double figures for scoring, while Carr, Suns captain, grabbed eight rebounds and dished five assists, playing under 30 minutes with perhaps the play-offs in mind.
The Pride won the final two quarters and made it a nervy affair for a short period of time, largely thanks to an incredible 16 points and 20 rebounds from Sian Phillips, with 13 of those rebounds coming on the offensive backboard.