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

After sharing the love with the National Cup last time out, the focus is back on D1W this weekend.

And there's plenty to look forward to with all 12 teams in action as four games take place tomorrow before another pair on Sunday.

To mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend, Basketball England will allow members the opportunity to pay respects to those who served and sacrificed to defend our nation.

To commemorate those people, teams can observe one minute’s silence across all NBL, WNBL, Jnr. NBL and National Cup games that take place on the weekend of 11/12 November 2023.


CoLA Southwark Pride (2-2) vs Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (5-0)

Old adversaries CoLA and Ipswich go head-to-head on Sunday in the latest chapter of their storied rivalry.

The duo have shared the blows across a number of competitions and age groups in recent years, with both teams collecting wins, titles and accolades as two of the top women's programmes in the country.

Ipswich head into this one as understandable favourites given their unbeaten start to the season, and in Harriet Welham they have arguably the best player in D1W.

The talented guard leads the league in an impressive three separate categories (efficiency, PPG, APG), whilst ranking top three for two others (RPG, SPG).

If CoLA have any way of stopping the former Player of the Season remains to be seen, but it's an answer no other team has found so far this season.

The Suffolk side have plenty of other weapons at their disposal as well, with Liv Forster and Yazmin Edwards in particular enjoying solid seasons thus far.

Forward Felicia Jacobs may be able to give CoLA an advantage down low, and her averages of 14.3PPG and 11.0RPG are both team-highs for the Pride.

Coach Gibbons' team have still exhibited their trademark defence this year, allowing just 57.5PPG, but it'll take an even greater effort this weekend to contain an Ipswich offence that puts up a league-best 91.4PPG,


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend begins with Loughborough Riders (3-3) playing host to Team Solent Kestrels (0-4). The Riders dipped out twice last weekend, losing to Bristol in D1W before being dumped out of the National Cup by D2's Sheffield Hatters II.

If that'll create the momentum needed for Solent to grab their first win of the season this weekend remains to be seen, however.

Barking Abbey (2-3) picked up a win on the road against TSK last time out and will try to make it two from two as they entertain Anglia Ruskin University (3-3).

Bristol Academy Flyers (1-4) picked up their first W of 2023/24 last Saturday as a Cristina Bigica inspired performance downed the Riders. Keeping that streak alive might be tough on the road against a resurgent Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-2), who have now won three in a row.

There's a clash in the West Midlands between City of Birmingham Rockets (1-3), who are making a steady acclimation to life in D1W, and Reading Rockets (2-2), who have lost two in a row.

Sunday's only other game alongside CoLA Ipswich sees Brent Bulls (3-0) put their unbeaten streak on the line as they host Manchester Mystics (3-2), with the North West side facing another tricky road game after a heavy loss in Suffolk last weekend.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 11 November

1pm - Loughborough Riders vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

3pm - Barking Abbey vs Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

3pm - Bristol Academy Flyers vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

5pm - City of Birmingham Rockets vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 12 November

2:15pm - CoLA Southwark Pride vs Endeavour Ipswich Basketball - LIVE STATS

4pm - Brent Bulls vs Manchester Mystics - LIVE STATS