WNBL1 Preview: Week 16 (13/14 February 2021) - live streams, stats and more

WNBL1 continues to gather momentum as fans can gear up for the first multi-game weekend of 2021.

There's two games to look forward to tomorrow as Ipswich host Reading followed by Worcester's trip to Thames Valley.

We take a look at both those games below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

Ipswich (6-1) v Reading Rockets (2-3)

Both these sides begin their 2021 schedule after a long lay-off, with neither side playing since December.

Ipswich started the season with six straight wins, though dropped the last game they played, a 77-76 classic away to Loughborough.

Reading haven't played since 5 December, but they won that day, beating Thames Valley 65-55 on the road.

Reading coach Joan Luque is cautious of the fact his team hasn’t played in three months: “We are coming off a really long break off, so I am hoping that all our players get through the game safely and execute our game-plan.

"Ipswich are a fantastic team with many highly talented players, so they will be tough to beat, however if the girls work hard and execute what we have worked on I will be happy.”

Ipswich will no doubt be driven once again by Esther Little, who leads the league in efficiency, rebounds and blocks, plus reigning MVP Harriet Welham, who averages a D1W best 25.9ppg.

Sitota Gines Espinosa should continue to play an integral role for the Rockets, pacing the team with 15.8ppg, also nabbing a league-leading 5.0 steals per outing.


Thames Valley Cavaliers (0-2) v Worcester Wolves (4-2)

Thames Valley will be delighted to get back out on the court tomorrow as they welcome Worcester Wolves to Uxbridge College.

The Cavs have played just two games so far, making it difficult for the team to get their season going. With two losses from two against Loughborough and Reading, TVC will no doubt be hoping for the opportunity to build some consistency from here on.

Worcester enjoyed a solid start to their first season in D1W after promotion last year, winning four of their first five to claim a surprise place near the top of the standings.

Their last game was a disappointing road defeat to Solent though, going down 70-44 in mid-December and coach Emery's side have had a long time to stew on that performance ahead of this weekend.

In limited action to date, Katherine Goldsby has shown her quality for Thames Valley to drop 18.5ppg, whilst the trio of Grace Brownell, Carolina Marques and Shanice Turner have all looked dangerous for the Wolves.


This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 13 February

2pm - Ipswich v Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVESTREAM LOCATION
2pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers v Worcester Wolves - LIVE STATS/LIVESTREAM

Main image credit - Luke Simcock