WNBL1 & National Cup recap: 16/17 December - live streams, stats and more

The D1W action for 2023 is now at a close, with four league games and a pair of exciting National Cup semi-finals to bring down the curtain.

Two wins on the weekend mean Ipswich will top the standings heading into 2024, whilst they also booked a place in January's National Cup final to cap an excellent couple of days for the Suffolk club.

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

Bristol Academy Flyers (5-6) 69-38 Team Solent Kestrels (1-8)

Team Solent Kestrels couldn't maintain their recent momentum, falling on the road against Bristol 69-38.

After picking up their first win of the campaign earlier this month, Solent couldn't continue that run in a low-scoring contest against the Flyers, who move into the top six following the victory.

Leading for almost the entirety of the contest, Bristol slowly grew their advantage the longer the game wore on thanks to 25 points from Cristina Bigica.

The Flyers' forward was supported well by Kim Kheing, Hannah Wallace and Leila Jepson, who all had 10 points.

Tilly Goddard's 18 points and nine rebounds was a lone bright spot for the Kestrels as they finish 2023 at the bottom of the standings, with the margin to safety at six points.


Elsewhere this weekend

Leaders Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (10-1) started their weekend with a hard-fought victory against Loughborough Riders (7-5), winning 90-81.

The hosts were able to keep their opponents at arm's length for the duration, with the difference between the sides generally floating between five and ten points thanks to a 29-point outing from Harriet Welham.

A tough 2023 came to a close for City of Birmingham Rockets (2-8) as they lost out 48-42 against Anglia Ruskin University (4-8).

A 17-7 final quarter doomed the hosts as ARU's Kasia Neininger's 11-point, nine-rebound effort made a big difference in a low-scoring game.

The weekend got even better for leaders Ipswich as their closest challengers CoLA Southwark Pride (7-3) suffered a surprise defeat to Manchester Mystics (5-6), going down 57-41.

CoLA scored just 11 points across the second and third quarters as their offence went missing, leaving Rehana Khalil (20pts, 9reb) and Manchester to run away with a huge home win.

WNBL National Cup

This year's WNBL National Cup finalists are now decided following two huge semi-finals yesterday.

Endeavour Ipswich Basketball came from behind to beat D2's Sheffield Hatters II, turning a 64-55 third quarter deficit into an 81-77 win.

Young guard Yazmin Edwards showed off her talents with a game-high 28 points on 12/14 shooting, with teammate Harriet Welham adding 22 points and eight boards.

Helen Naylor (25pts, 7ast, 6reb) led the way for Sheffield, who were left wondering what might have been after matching the D1W leaders before coming up just short.

In a rematch of last season's final, Thames Valley triumphed once again as they beat Reading Rockets 78-74.

In what was a hard-fought and tense contest, it was the Cavs who just had their noses ahead come the final buzzer to keep their Cup defence alive.

Trailing 54-42 going into the last, the Rockets rallied hard to win the fourth 32-24, but it wouldn't be enough.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 16 December

3pm - Bristol Academy Flyers 69-38 Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

3:30pm - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball 90-81 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

5pm - City of Birmingham Rockets 42-48 Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

Sunday 10 December

D1W - 2:15pm - Manchester Mystics 57-41 CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS

National Cup - 3:30pm - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball 81-77 Sheffield Hatters II - LIVE STATS

National Cup - 4pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 78-74 Reading Rockets


Main image credit - B.East Photography