WNBL1 recap: 7/8 October - live streams, stats and more

A second D1W weekend is in the books as the early season continues to spark into life.

Five games were completed across the two days after Brent and City of Birmingham was postponed, with wins for ARU, CoLA, Ipswich, Reading and Manchester.

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

Reading Rockets (2-0) 81-53 Loughborough Riders (1-1)

Reading remain unbeaten on the young season after a commanding 81-53 victory against Loughborough.

A 21-8 opening quarter for the hosts set the tone for the contest, and although Loughborough would fight back to head into half time down by just six points at 39-33, a 21-7 third quarter would kill off the contest.

Lindsey Cleary led the Rockets in scoring with a game-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Parfaite Ando also contributed well, adding a hefty 14-point, 16-rebound double-double to the Reading cause.

The Riders struggled with their opponents on the glass, losing the rebound battle 67-47, with former Solent guard Erin Caldwell (19ts, 6reb) providing the main point of resistance as the only Loughborough player to score in double digits.

Reading can now look ahead to upcoming games with last season's league runners-up Thames Valley and currently unbeaten Endeavour Ipswich Basketball, with both sides sure to provide a stern test to the Rockets' unbeaten start to the season before the month is out.


Elsewhere this weekend

CoLA Southwark Pride (1-1) got back to winning ways as they beat Barking Abbey (0-2) 81-54.

Twenty-one points and seven boards from Chandera Jones-Aryeh were more than enough to help the hosts over the line as they picked up their first W of the new season.

Anglia Ruskin University (2-0) claimed a low-scoring battle against Team Solent Kestrels (0-2), coming out on top 55-43.

The result was an uptick for the Kestrels after their opening-day defeat against Ipswich, though ARU captain Rian Rawlings (14pts, 9reb) did just enough to keep her side out in front despite a second half TSK fightback.

Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (2-0) continue to look the real deal this season after knocking off Thames Valley Cavaliers (0-2) 92-71.

The road win came off the back of a 18 point, 16 rebound, 11 assist outing from Harriet Welham, with Yazmin Edwards, Olivia Partridge and Louisa Gibbins all adding 14 more.

Forward Helen Trailin (16pts, 17reb) had a double-double for the hosts, who fall to 0-2 on the season.

The weekend ended with newly-promoted Manchester Mystics (2-0) remaining unbeaten, narrowly defeating Bristol Academy Flyers (0-2) 73-68.

Bristol led by as many as 11 points in the second half, and although both teams would own the lead in the fourth quarter, it was the Mystics who held on to win.

Teenager Irene Oboavwoduo led Manchester in scoring with 17 points, with Kim Khieng (23pts) leading all scorers for the Flyers as her teammate Cristina Lopez-Alvarez (10pts, 10reb) added a double-double to the Bristol cause.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 7 October

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels 55-43 Anglia Ruskin University - LIVE STATS

Sunday 8 October

2:30pm - CoLA Southwark Pride 81-54 Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

3:45pm - Reading Rockets 81-53 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS / LIVE STREAM

4pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 71-92 Endeavour Ipswich Basketball - LIVE STATS

5:30pm - Manchester Mystics 73-68 Bristol Academy Flyers - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock