Palatinates make history with first Final

One of the WBBL Trophy Finalists was determined over the weekend, while it’s still shaping up to be a thrilling run-in in the WBBL Championship.

Durham Palatinates made club history by reaching their first-ever Final in the WBBL after overcoming recent Cup champions, Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters. Lee Davie's side pulled off an impressive 82-71 triumph in the last four encounter behind a combined 43 points from Rudiane Eduardo and Monika Bosilj. The Palatinates then followed up with a 60-64 road success at BA London Lions.

“We’ve worked hard and we’re glad to have the opportunity to show the type of team we have become,” said Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby. “Making the Trophy Final is a big deal for us and it’s an exciting challenge that we are ready for.”

Nottingham Wildcats suffered two losses on the weekend, though they remain inside the top four. The Wildcats were beaten 58-69 by Manchester Mystics to round out the Trophy pool stage before falling on the road as Newcastle Eagles claimed a 76-67 victory with 20 points and 10 assists for Giulia Simoni.

Oaklands Wolves picked up their fifth league win of the campaign with a 52-76 win away at Cardiff Met Archers. The Wolves had four players in double figures and currently sit in eighth spot with 6th-10th separated by just two wins.

Things remain close at the top with Sevenoaks Suns holding on to pole position as they moved to 12-0 with a dominant 90-39 win at home to Cardiff in response to Leicester Riders’ 66-85 victory away at Caledonia Pride with 23 points from Holly Winterburn in the win.