WNBL1 recap: 01/02 April 2023 - live streams, stats and more

The D1W regular-season is now complete, leaving the excitement to build for the impending playoffs.

The post-season field is now set, and Solent have claimed the regular season title. Worcester and Cardiff will have to await their fate for potential relegation, depending on the application process in D2W, but there's a host of thrilling knockout basketball to be played between now and then.

We take a look at all the weekend's games below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page, and we'll have a full playoff preview available a little later today.

Reading Rockets (15-7) 71-80 Team Solent Kestrels (19-3) (After 1OT)

League champs Solent head into the playoffs on a high after a thrilling OT win against Reading.

The Kestrels looked to have the game in the bag, leading by as many as 17 in the third quarter before the hosts came flying back, moving into a four-point lead with 1:20 remaining.

Solent regained their composure and Anna Nevison stayed cool at the line, sinking two of three free throws with just a second on the clock to tie the scores at 67, sending the game to OT.

Nevison would then knock down seven of her side's 13 points in the extra frame, sending the visitors back to the South Coast with their 19th win of the season.

The talented shooter would close with a game-high 19 points, complimented by a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double from Megan Dorney, a near triple double from Krisztina Velkey-Cleeve (10pts, 9reb, 8ast) and further strong play from Faye Endean (14pts, 9reb, 6ast).

Reading's Lindsey Cleary was her usual impressive self to close with 18 points and nine boards as Kristina Karpova knocked down four triples for 12 points and Eva Luzon added 11 more in the impressive fightback.

Solent now host Ipswich next week in a #1 vs #8 match up, whilst Reading entertain Brent Bulls.

Elsewhere this weekend

Just three other games took place on the weekend, with Brent Bulls (12-10) winning two of them.

Saturday involved a comfortable 80-51 victory over London Lions II (7-15),  with Josephine Maignomo (19pts, 3ast) and Kenisha Whyte (16pts, 9reb) both playing well for the hosts to cancel out 21 points from London's Ruchae Walton.

Sunday's encounter was a 71-55 victory over Ipswich (9-13), who were doomed by a slow first half that created a 40-21 deficit that the Suffolk side would never recover from. 

Bristol Academy Flyers (7-15) might have had nothing to play for this weekend but they had no problem seeing off playoff-bound Anglia Ruskin University (13-9) 71-56.

With a lopsided score despite putting out their regular starters, ARU had no answer to a monster 16 point, 27 rebound double-double from Bristol's Veronica Iweanya, plus 16 points from Leila Jepson and 15 more from Estella Maloney-Danvers.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 1 April

2pm - Brent Bulls 80-51 London Lions II - LIVE STATS

3pm - Bristol Academy Flyers 71-56 Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

Sunday 2 April

1:30pm - Reading Rockets 71-80 Team Solent Kestrels (after 1OT) - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

5pm - Brent Bulls 71-55 Ipswich



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