WNBL1 Preview: Week 20 (26/27 February 2022) - live streams, stats and more

There are eight games for WNBL fans to get their teeth into this weekend, including an WNBL Live broadcast on Sunday afternoon.

John Hobbs and the WNBL LIVE team will be in Wales to bring you all the action from Cardiff Met Archers II vs leaders CoLA Southwark Pride, but there are exciting ties elsewhere that are sure to provide plenty of excitement.

We take a look at all this weekend's games below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

Cardiff Met Archers II (7-8) v CoLA Southwark Pride (14-1)

CoLA Southwark Pride can take another step towards the D1W regular season title this weekend as they battle Cardiff Met Archers II.

With the cameras ready and waiting, CoLA won't want to slip up in this tricky road tie but it could almost feel like an away day for both sides.

Cardiff have played at home just once in their last nine matches, going a respectable 3-3 overall on their own court so far this year.

Location doesn't appear to be a factor for CoLA, however. They've been very strong this season and outside of a loss to Ipswich, have taken all comers. That includes beating Cardiff 65-63 in OT when the teams met in London in November, though few teams have been able to run Pride that close in 2021/22.

On their day, Cardiff have the roster to hurt teams in D1W and if former Player of the Week Amber Deane can show the sort of form that saw her put up a quad-double recently, anything is possible on Sunday.


Elsewhere this weekend

After a key loss last weekend against London Lions II (4-13), Loughborough Riders (11-3) have an immediate shot at revenge as the teams meet once again tomorrow.

Like their male counterparts, Reading Rockets (4-10) and Thames Valley Cavaliers (9-4) are set for back-to-back games this weekend, with the opening leg taking place in Reading on Saturday before the teams head to Uxbridge on Sunday.

Third plays sixth tomorrow as Anglia Ruskin University (10-3) head to Team Solent Kestrels (8-7), a team they beat 79-73 when the teams met back in November.

Nottingham Trent University (1-15) are in must win territory if they're to escape D1W's relegation places. Tomorrow they face one of the teams they're desperately trying to catch, Worcester Wolves (4-10)

With just five games to go after this weekend, a loss would leaves NTU perilously close to relegation. They'd be eight points from safety with only a possible 10 points still available, a tall order for any team.

Ipswich (10-4) are in double-header action this weekend, playing away to Bristol Flyers (7-11) then at home to Loughborough.

The Suffolk side endured a surprise 86-76 loss to the Flyers the day after they beat CoLA earlier this month, so they'd no doubt enjoy some revenge for that result.

Sunday's tie against the Riders is sure to be quite the spectacle, with two top forwards and current FocusHoops Team of the Week selections Katie Januszewska and Cameron Taylor-Willis going head-to-head.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 26 February

1pm - Loughborough Riders v London Lions II - LIVE STATS

3:30pm - Reading Rockets v Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

3:30pm - Team Solent Kestrels v Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

4pm - Worcester Wolves v Nottingham Trent University - LIVE STATS

5pm - Bristol Flyers v Ipswich - LIVE STATS

Sunday 27 February

1pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers v Reading Rockers - LIVE STATS

2:15pm - Cardiff Met Archers v CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

3pm - Ipswich v Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Main image credit - Luke Simcock