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Dazzling debut for Diawakana helps Wildcats stay on top.

Nottingham Wildcats faced their rivals again in Sheffield this past Saturday and came out with the much-deserved victory.  This was a huge win for the Wildcats and ended the Hatters home game winning streak that they had going for more than a year.  The impressive victory also officially put Nottingham at the top of the ladder for the WBBL Championship with a perfect 7-0 record.

Wildcats newcomer, Melissa Diawakana, made an immediate impact in the league by contributing 25 of her team’s 79 points in the 77-79 win on the road.

It was a close, hard fought battle for both teams.  Statistically, the game reflected the closeness of the match.  Sheffield shot 46.3% from the field (27/58) and Nottingham shot 45% from the field (27/60).  Both teams were 4/8 from beyond the arc and both teams were 76% from the free throw line.

Rebounding was nearly even, too with the Wildcats grabbing just two more boards than the Hatters.  The match was tied 15-15 after the first quarter.  Wildcats and Hatters were consistently within five points of each other all first half.  Sheffield had a slight four-point advantage after the first 20 minutes of action.

Wildcats started out the third quarter flat, allowing the Hatters to increase their lead to 11 points.  But, coming into the final period of the match Nottingham fought back into the game driven by their high-pressure defence that appeared to slow down Sheffield’s offense. Late in the fourth period was an unbelievable block by Amber Stokes that riled up the away team crowd and gave the Wildcats momentum.

They were able to hold the Hatters to just 13 points in the final quarter, which gave the Wildcats the sensational victory with a score of 77-79.

While still being unbeaten in the WBBL Championship, they continue to have a target on their backs.  The next team to try to stop them will be the Barking Abbey Crusaders.  Wildcats will be away at Barking Abbey on the Sunday, the 7th of February with a 2:00pm tipoff.

 

 

Team Name

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final Score

Nottingham Wildcats.

15

22

23

19

79

Sheffield Hatters.

15

25

24

13

77

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nottingham Wildcats.

Points Scored

Sheffield Hatters.

Points Scored

Melissa Diawakana.

25

H. Naylor.

24

Amber Stokes.

18

S. Gandy.

21

Siobhan Prior.

16

B. Lowenthal.

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Carmen Reynolds.

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