WNBL1 preview: 10/11 December 2022 - Solent v Loughborough plus live streams, stats and more

There's just a few weeks left for teams to make a push before this month's mid-season break.

With the NBL and WNBL shutting down over the Christmas period, time is running out for teams to finish 2022 on a high.

There's five games this weekend to try and help make that a reality, including a test for leaders Solent this weekend as they take on Loughborough.

We take a look at all the action below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

Team Solent Kestrels (8-1) vs Loughborough Riders (5-4)

Top dogs Solent welcome Loughborough tomorrow for a game that should provide plenty of quality action.

Solent have won four in a row, including a gutsy 55-51 victory against Worcester last time out, and their recent form has helped the South Coast side surge to the top of the standings.

If the Kestrels want to stay there and fend off a challenge from the likes of Thames Valley and defending champs CoLA, they'll need to continue picking up points and that'll be easier said than done against a talented Loughborough team.

The Riders are 2-3 in their last five games, with losses to top-four sides Thames Valley and Brent in that stretch.

It remains to be seen if the Midlands programme are able to rub shoulders with the league's higher-ups, or if a lower playoff spot is more their calling as we edge towards the half way stage, but they do have the talent on their roster to hurt teams.

Alia El Shabrawy's exploits need no introduction at this stage and her battle with Faye Endean and current Team of the Week selection Krisztina Velkey-Cleeve should be a good one.

The game tips at 6pm tomorrow evening, and can be viewed using the embed below.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins with a repeat of the 2020/21 playoff final as Ipswich (4-5) host CoLA Southwark Pride (7-2).

Familiar foes across a number of competitions, including the Jnr. NBL and WEABL, contests between these two sides are always worth watching, especially with both teams coming off a win last time out.

Anglia Ruskin University (5-4) need to bounce back from a loss to Thames Valley last weekend and will aim to do just that as they host Reading Rockets (5-2), who also lost last Sunday to snap a five game win streak.

10th place Worcester Wolves (2-8) can pull themselves further away from the league's potential relegation spots as they entertain one of the league two remaining winless teams in Bristol Academy Flyers (0-9).

Sunday's only game rounds out the weekend as Brent Bulls (5-2) take on Cardiff Met Archers II (0-8).

The Bulls have been a surprise package in D1W after their promotion last season and will no doubt want to grab maximum points from their last two games of the year to close 2022 in the top four.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 10 December

3:30pm - Ipswich vs CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS

4pm - Anglia Ruskin University vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7pm - Worcester Wolves vs Bristol Academy Flyers - LIVE STATS

Sunday 11 December

5pm - Brent Bulls vs Cardiff Met Archers II - LIVE STATS


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