WNBL1 Recap: Week 25 (17/18 April 2021) - live streams, stats and more

Ipswich moved one step closed to the D1W regular season title following an entertaining week 25.

The leaders recorded a comfortable victory over Worcester, though second place Loughborough also secured a win to keep pace at the top.

There were double-header victories for Nottingham Trent University and CoLA Southwark Pride, with both teams making a late-season push up the standings.

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

Bimpa downs Solent
Nottingham Trent University (8-6) 92-84 Team Solent Kestrels (8-6) (After 1OT)

Nottingham moved into a tie for fourth spot with Solent following a 92-84 OT victory on Saturday.

Schekinah Bimpa's 25 points for the hosts led all scorers across a competitive contest, which required an extra period to split the two sides.

Solent moved ahead by two with 21 seconds to go in regulation thanks to an Earleesha Jackson layup, but Evi Dekker managed to get to the line with nine ticks remaining, holding her nerve to sink both shots and send the game to OT.

Beginning the extra frame with a 7-2 run, the hosts built a lead they'd never relinquish to start their important double-header weekend with a win.

Faye Endean (21pts) and Erica Meyer (19pts, 12reb) both played well for Solent despite the final score.

Elsewhere this weekend

CoLA Southwark Pride (10-3) are a team on the move after another two wins this weekend.

Saturday's 88-53 victory over Cardiff Met Archers (1-11) saw forward Molly Lavin lead all scorers on 23 points, shooting a spotless 11-11 from the floor for the hosts.

It was a performance the Archers couldn't match, with American Amber Deane still sidelined due to a hamstring injury.

Sunday's 73-53 W over BA London Lions II (4-11) came courtesy of 18 points from captain Simona Henshaw, making it eight wins in a row now for the London side as they move into a tie with Loughborough for second spot.

Ipswich (13-2) made short work of Worcester Wolves (5-8) as the leaders came out on top of Saturday's clash 91-61.

It was another commanding performance from Ipswich's Harriet Welham (27pts, 9reb, 8ast) and Esther Little (18reb), with the Player of the Year candidates both helping their side to a comfortable win.

Second place Loughborough Riders (10-4) are still pushing hard though, they beat Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-10) 72-66.

The Cavs won the third frame 23-16 to erase what had been a 14 point Loughborough lead, though the Riders would regroup in the fourth to wrestle the advantage back their way and seal a hard-fought win.

Katherine Goldsby top scored for TVC with 22 points as Robyn Ainge dropped 28 for the visitors.

BA London Lions may have lost to CoLA yesterday, but they started their weekend with a narrow 65-62 victory against Reading Rockets (7-8).

Leading by double digits early in the fourth, BA looked comfortable but with 1:48 remaining the difference between the sides was down to just a single point as Reading rallied hard.

The Lions held their nerve to see the game out though, with a late Chennai Mushore layup putting some daylight between the sides as the forward finished with a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double.

Like CoLA, Nottingham Trent University also sealed a two-win weekend yesterday as they downed Thames Valley 77-72.

Evi Dekker and Mady Burdett scored 26 each to combine for 52 of NTU's points, whilst forward Ezekiela Lisk put together a 15 point, 11 rebound double-double for TVC, who have now slipped out of the playoff places into ninth.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 17 April

1pm - CoLA Southwark Pride 88-53 Cardiff Met Archers - LIVE STREAM
1pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 66-72 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM
1pm - Ipswich 91-61 Worcester Wolves - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM LOCATION
1pm - BA London Lions II 65-62 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS
2pm - Nottingham Trent University 92-84 Thames Valley Cavaliers (After 1OT) - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM LOCATION

Sunday 18 April

2pm - Nottingham Trent University 77-72 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM LOCATION
2pm - BA London Lions II 53-73 CoLA Southwark Pride

Main image credit - Luke Simcock