BA London Lions 79-61 Nottingham Wildcats (13-16, 39-35, 57-52, 79-61)
(Lions – Leonard 21, Umeh 21, Breen 13; Wildcats – Lundqvist 12, Joyner 11, Shumpert 10)
Essex Rebels 74-64 Durham Palatinates (24-16, 39-36, 58-49, 74-64)
(Rebels – Waithe 22, Bieg Salazar 14, Munns 13; Palatinates – Paxton 21, Elderkin 14, Bennett 10)
Caledonia Pride 62-72 Oaklands Wolves (18-18, 27-38, 46-52, 72-62)
(Pride – Phillips 22, Ranger 9, Tweedi 8; Wolves – Carter 20, Uprus 14, Rouse 12)
Oaklands Wolves picked up their first Championship win of the season as the BA London Lions made it a perfect five from five on Sunday, with the Essex Rebels picking up another impressive victory on an action-packed Sunday afternoon.
The Wolves put their first two points of the season on the board after a huge win away to Caledonia Pride, whilst the Lions ran out convincing winners against Nottingham Wildcats. Essex heaped more misery on a Durham Palatinates side still looking for their first Championship points of the season.
The afternoon’s action tipped off in London as the Lions looked to continue their 100% start to the WBBL Championship. Coming up against the formidable duo of Jasmine Joyner and Chelsey Shumpert, the Lions held the pair to 21 points combined as London put in yet another impressive showing.
With only five points separating the sides going into the final quarter, the Lions exploded in the fourth and outscored their rivals 22 points to nine. Kennedy Leonard racked up a double-double as she had 21 points to go along with 11 assists as the Lions bench tallied up 24 points, double that of the Wildcats.
Essex Rebels continued their fine start to the season with the victory over Durham Palatinates, as an early 16 point first quarter lead proved enough to keep the Palatinates at bay.
Deangelique Waithe posted another double-double in a fine individual showing, with a game high 22 points along with 10 rebounds, as the Rebels picked up their fourth Championship win of the campaign to as they bounced back from last week’s loss to the Manchester Met Mystics.
The day’s action was capped from a huge performance from Oaklands in the Scottish capital, as they picked up their first win of the season over a Caledonia side who have now lost three from their last four.
The Wolves led by as many as 14 in an impressive away showing, with Amari Carter leading the team in scoring with 20 points and Lauren Milligan racking up 10 points to match her 10 rebounds for the game. Sian Phillips enjoyed another fine individual performance as she amassed a mammoth double-double, posting 22 points with an incredible 16 rebounds, however the rest of the Pride could not follow suit as the Wolves left Edinburgh with those much sought after two points.