WNBL1 Preview: Week 15 (22/23 January 2022) - live streams, stats and more

All eyes may be on the WNBL National Cup this Sunday, but there are still four D1W games to be played this weekend.

With a number of matches still to navigate between now and the end of the regular season and with COVID continuing to cause issues, teams are using tomorrow to get another contest crossed off.

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

Nottingham Trent University (0-10) v London Lions II (1-10)

There's a big game at the bottom of the D1W table tomorrow as Nottingham Trent University host fellow strugglers London Lions II.

Rooted in 12th and 11th respectively, both these sides desperately need a win if they're to begin reeling in 10th place Reading and move away from the division's relegation spots.

London's only win this season came against NTU back in mid-October. The Lions enjoyed a solid one-two punch of Nicholle Lavinier and Fatmata Janneh that day as the duo combined for 35 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the 61-49 victory.

Having played just once since the mid-season break at the end of December, a 65-46 loss against red-hot Thames Valley, Trent are struggling for momentum right now.

Lindsey Cleary could be the key to success this weekend, with the American averaging 17.7PPG and 9.7RPG in her debut WNBL season.


London's Fatmata Janneh and NTU's Lindsey Cleary in action (Graham Hodges)

Elsewhere this weekend

Three other games fill tomorrow's schedule as Bristol Flyers (4-8) play host to Loughborough Riders (7-2).

Still mounting a challenge on the D1W summit and hoping leaders CoLA slip up, Loughborough pushed three players into the FocusHoops Team of the Week last time out, with Katie Januszewska also nabbing Player of the Week honours.

Having won just one of their last four outings, Bristol will be up against it in this one despite the continued good form of Emma Bailey.

Worcester Wolves (4-6) will try to cling on to the eighth and final playoff spot as they entertain Reading Rockets (3-6).

Neither team comes into this one with much form, Worcester are winless in their last three games, whilst Reading are 1-2. Victory could be important in the overall battle for the playoffs though, especially with head-to-head tie breakers at stake.

On that front, it's worth noting that Worcester beat the Rockets 64-61 in their previous meeting this season.

Finally, Anglia Ruskin University (5-3) will try to bounce back from a disappointing loss to CoLA last weekend as they take on Cardiff Met Archers II (5-5).

Both teams are firmly in the mix for the playoff's middle seedings, and another two points here could be vital for either side.

With how congested the D1W standings right now, just six points separates second place with dropping out of the playoffs completely.

Worcester's Chandre Nunez has been in great form this season (Wolves Photographic - Keith Hunt)

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 22 January

12:30pm - Nottingham Trent University v London Lions II - LIVE STATS

1pm - Bristol Flyers v Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

4pm - Worcester Wolves v Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

4pm - Anglia Ruskin University v Cardiff Met Archers II - LIVE STATS

Main image credit - Graham Hodges