WNBL1 recap: Week 2 (9/10 October 2021) - live streams, stats and more

It was another top weekend in D1W, with six teams sealing valuable victories.

Loughborough, Solent, CoLA and Ipswich continue to lead the way with unbeaten 2-0 records, whilst Anglia Ruskin and Nottingham Trent both picked up an L each to begin their new campaigns.

There's a recap of all the action below, and each result is also clickable if you wish to view the live stats.

Cardiff Met Archers II (1-1) 72-65 Reading Rockets (0-2)

Cardiff Met Archers II sealed their first win of the season with an impressive 72-65 victory over Reading.

Despite Archers taking the L last time out, Issy Bunyan still made the FocusHoops Team of the Week. Yesterday she was even more impressive and her 18 points went with eight boards, seven assists, seven steals and six blocks for a rare 5x5 performance.

Gaila Comesana's 23 points and eight rebounds off the bench led the way for the Rockets, who battled back from a 14-point first-quarter deficit but couldn't seal the win.

Elsewhere this weekend

Loughborough Riders (2-0) made it two wins from two thanks to a big game from Alia El Shabrawy, with the Midlands side coming out on top 83-61 against Worcester Wolves (1-1)

El Shabrawy closed on 20 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals, with Katie Januszewska, Emma Dunsire and Robyn Ainge all adding 10 points each.

Bristol Flyers (0-2) are still searching for their first win of the season after a 76-67 defeat to Team Solent Kestrels (2-0).

The hosts lost the second quarter 20-10 and never recovered, despite a late fightback. Lauren Dabbs was on point for the Kestrels, closing on 22 points to go with six assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals.

London Lions II (0-2) battled hard against defending champions Ipswich (2-0), but eventually came up short 59-56.

Leading 58-51 with 2:38 remaining, Ipswich looked on course for a straightforward road win, but the hosts scored the next five points to narrow the gap and set up a tense finish.

Coach Drane's side held on, with captain Cameron Taylor-Willis notching a 14-point, 17-rebound double-double.

This weekend proved to be a bad one at the office for Anglia Ruskin and Nottingham Trent, both of whom were playing their opening games of the season.

Anglia Ruskin University (0-1) lost 64-57 against a strong opponent in CoLA Southwark Pride (2-0), who made last year's playoff final.

The London side raced out to a 23-14 lead after the opening quarter and used that advantage to control the contest the rest of the way.

Nottingham Trent University (0-1) were also off the pace on Saturday, losing heavily to Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-1).

The Cavs won on the road 79-36, with NTU sporting a much-changed roster from a year ago. Chinwe Iwunze led the way for TVC, she had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 9 October

12:30pm - London Lions II 56-59 Ipswich - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

2:30pm - Loughborough Riders 83-61 Worcester Wolves - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

3pm - Bristol Flyers 67-76 Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

4pm - Anglia Ruskin University 57-64 CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS

4pm - Nottingham Trent University 36-79 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 10 October

1pm - Cardiff Met Archers II 72-65 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


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