WNBL1 preview: 11/12 March 2023 - live streams, stats and more

Four weekends remain in the D1W regular season, so teams know they don't have long left to reach their goals.

For some, the season won't have panned out how they hoped when looking at the new campaign back in late summer, but for others, they're now close to securing a playoff spot, or maybe even the regular season title.

Six games are planned for the weekend, split evenly across Saturday and Sunday, providing a bumper weekend of D1W action.

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

Anglia Ruskin University (11-6) vs Thames Valley Cavaliers (14-3)

It's fourth plays second tomorrow as Thames Valley take a trip to Anglia Ruskin.

Thames Valley's potential route to the D1W title involves beating current leaders Solent on 19 March to put both sides on three losses for the season, whilst claiming the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two sides in the process.

Doing that will be a tough ask, however. Beating Solent is hard enough, as the South Coast side have only lost twice all year. But the Kestrels won 72-39 when the two teams met on the opening day of the season, leaving TVC with a mountain to climb if they're to seal the tiebreaker.

That means the Uxbridge side probably need Solent to drop points somewhere during the run in, and more importantly, the Cavs can't afford a slip up of their own.

A trip to fourth placed Anglia Ruskin certainly represents a difficult tie on paper, with ARU being one of the two sides who have managed to defeat the Kestrels this season.

Ruskin's form is still inconsistent though, and whilst they can challenge any side in D1W at their best, it's hard to know if that's the performance level that will be on display this weekend.

3-2 in their last five, ARU will also be hoping for an uptick in form ahead of the playoffs. Momentum is always a great ally to have once knockout basketball comes around.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins with a home game for Ipswich (8-10), who have fallen down to the eighth and final playoff spot as things stand.

The Suffolk side take on Bristol Academy Flyers (4-14), who are still scrapping for their lives with Worcester to avoid the final potential relegation spot.

The day's only other game is an all-London affair as CoLA Southwark Pride (14-5) take a trip to Brent Bulls (9-6).

Reigning champs CoLA will want to ensure they nail down a top three place ahead of the playoffs, with the second seed still a possibility if one of the front runners falters down the stretch.

That should provide plenty of motivation for coach Gibbons' side in the coming weeks, whilst Brent probably only need a win or two more to secure a playoff berth in their maiden D1W season. That'd be quite the achievement for the former D2 winners.

Moving into Sunday, London Lions II (7-11) are knocking on the door of the playoffs, currently just a game back of Ipswich. The Lions will try to keep that push going as they host Loughborough Riders (9-10).

Bottom side Cardiff Met Archers II (1-19) have already been confirmed as finishing 12th, but they'll still be playing hard in their final few games. That includes the clash against Reading Rockets (11-6), who need a win in their battle for a top-four spot.

The weekend closes with a double-header effort between Brent and Thames Valley, with both teams trying to fit in a back fixture now the regular season is into the final few weeks.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 11 March

3:30pm - Ipswich vs Bristol Academy Flyers - LIVE STATS

4pm - Anglia Ruskin University vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

5:15pm - Brent Bulls vs CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS

Sunday 12 March

12:30pm - London Lions II vs Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

1pm - Cardiff Met Archers II vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

2pm - Brent Bulls vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS


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