D1 Women preview: Three perfect records on the line

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Apart from our Game of the Week there are four Division 1 Women’s games this Saturday as Sheffield, Barking Abbey and Loughborough try to keep their perfect records intact.

Apart from our Game of the Week there are four Division 1 Women's games this Saturday as Sheffield, Barking Abbey and Loughborough try to keep their perfect records intact.
Barking Abbey v City of Sheffield Hatters
24 November, 6:30pm, Barking Abbey LC
One of those perfect records will be snapped on Saturday at Barking Abbey as the hosts welcome last season's National Cup and playoff champions, City of Sheffield Hatters.
This will be Barking Abbey's biggest challenge so far this season, as it will for any Division 1 Women's club, with Hatters looking seemingly unbeatable in this early going.
Sheffield's 5-0 overall record (3 league, 2 Cup wins) has come by way of huge victories where they have averaged win margins of nearly 46 points.
Abbey have done well too with their 2-0 league record, and faced a quarter final departure in the National Cup to Loughborough.
Former Hatter Rosalee Mason will face her old team on Saturday as she suits up for Abbey.
Nottingham Wildcats v Cardiff Archers
24 November, 5:30pm, Nottingham Wildcats Arena
Two formerly strong clubs who are struggling to start this Division 1 season are Nottingham Wildcats and Cardiff Archers, and they meet on Saturday evening.
Archers recorded their first league win last week against Team Northumbria as player/coach Stef Collins poured in 31 points.
Wildcats are still winless on an 0-2 league record and their only National Cup game saw them eliminated by Team Northumbria.
However, Nottingham are hopeful that new American signing Taylor Alton will be ready for action this weekend to help turn the club's luck around.
Team Northumbria v Manchester Mystics
24 November, 5pm, Sport Central
Manchester Mystics will venture out on the road for the first time this league season as they travel to Team Northumbria on Saturday.
Mystics have played all three of their Division 1 Women's league games at home and after losing all three, they will be hoping that performances will improve on the road.
Team Northumbria won the opening game of the league season but have dropped their last two; however, they are through to the National Cup semi finals against Sevenoaks so are a side to contend with this season.
In Ta'Yani Clark Team Northumbria do have one of the better all-around import players. The American, who has been with Team Northumbria since 09/10, is in the top ten in points, rebounds and assists so far this season.
Loughborough Students Riders v Newham (NASSA) Stars
24 November, 4pm, Sir David Wallace Sports Hall
An intriguing match-up in Loughborough sees Riders host Newham (NASSA) Stars as the Division 2 playoff finalists from last season meet again.
Riders and Stars had a few battles last season. Both teams finished on 15-1 records in 2011/12 and the teams defeated each other once, however, NASSA's margin of victory was greater than Loughborough's giving them the title.
Riders exacted revenge in the playoffs though (pictured right) with a 73-64 win.
This season sees Riders starting very well with undefeated records in both league and Cup games and coach Matthew Harber is anticipating Saturday's clash:
"Now we're a few weeks into the season, it's been interesting to watch the early season results that have been posted so far," he said.
!NASSA have already provided two close fought battles with Barking and Leeds and have come up short both times. I know they'll be hungry to get their first win and I'm expecting a difficult 40 minutes on Saturday.
!Our clubs have some recent history, and following our four encounters from last season, I'm confident this game will be just as competitive."
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