WNBL1 & WNBL National Cup preview: 4/5 November - live streams, stats and more

The calendar flips to November with a double dose of basketball action this weekend.

Five D1W games fill tomorrow before teams will be looking for fireworks on Sunday as the latest round of the WNBL National Cup plays out, with a number of D1 sides in action.

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

Team Solent Kestrels (0-3) vs Barking Abbey (1-3)

Two teams struggling for form meet on the South Coast tomorrow as Team Solent Kestrels host Barking Abbey.

The sides have just a single win between them in seven outings this season, leaving both outfits struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Solent's retooled roster from the unit that conquered all a year ago has been well documented, though the reigning champs have shown some improvements following a tough 118-42 opening day loss to Ipswich.

That uptick includes more competitive losses to Manchester and Anglia Ruskin, with TSK holding the lead against the Mystics with 2:47 remaining before losing 66-60.

That Solent momentum can be matched by Barking however, who lost their opening three games before a 66-57 victory against Bristol last time out.

Wura Ijelu earned a spot in the FocusHoops Team of the Week for her role in that success, with Nicole Clancy dropping a game-high 19 points. The duo will look to keep their form going alongside Ruchae Walton, who averaged 21.7PPG and 7.3RPG for BA this season.

If Barking can make it two in a row or if Solent will pick up their first W of the year remains to be seen, but this one should still be a solid contest between two well-matched teams.


Elsewhere this weekend

Bristol Academy Flyers (0-4) are the only other winless team left in D1W alongside Solent. The Flyers are on the road tomorrow and looking to put that right against a Loughborough Riders (3-2) side currently sat inside the top four.

Manchester Mystics' (3-1) perfect start to the season came to an end last weekend as they lost to Anglia Ruskin, though the same can't be said of their next opponents. Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (4-0) remain unbeaten leaders this season and will fancy their chances of extending that streak at home tomorrow.

Two teams with top-four aspirations also clash tomorrow, with Brent Bulls (2-0) taking a trip to Cambridge to play Anglia Ruskin University (3-2).

Kasia Neininger also made the FocusHoops Team of the Week last time out, and the Bulls will have to pay plenty of attention to the veteran guard after taking last weekend off.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (2-2) are gradually overcoming their slow start to the season after back-to-back wins. The Uxbridge outfit will try to keep that run going for three in a row at home to City of Birmingham Rockets (1-2).

WNBL National Cup

The round of 16 is here, with eight ties scheduled for this Sunday.

Holders Thames Valley Cavaliers head to D2 Cobham Cobras, who are 3-0 in league play this season and will no doubt have their sights set on what would be a huge upset.

Last season's finalists Reading Rockets have a home tie with fellow D1 hopefuls Bristol Academy Flyers, while Brent Bulls have a trip across the Capital to play London All Stars, with Barking Abbey and CoLA Southwark Pride also renewing their local rivalry.

At least one D2 side is guaranteed to make it to the quarter-finals as Worcester Wolves and Bromsgrove Bears go head-to-head, with Sheffield Hatters II vs Loughborough Riders and Manchester Mystics against City of Birmingham Rockets rounding out the weekend.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 4 November - WNBL Division One

1pm - Loughborough Riders vs Bristol Flyers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

1pm - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball vs Manchester Mystics - LIVE STATS

3:30pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

4:15pm - Anglia Ruskin University vs Brent Bulls - LIVE STATS

5pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

Sunday 5 November - WNBL National Cup

1pm - Barking Abbey vs CoLA Southwark Pride

1pm - Cobham Cobras vs Thames Valley Cavaliers

1pm - Loughborough Riders vs Sheffield Hatters II - LIVE STREAM

1.30pm - Reading Rockets vs Bristol Academy Flyers - LIVE STREAM

4pm - London All Stars vs Brent Bulls

4:30pm - City of Birmingham Rockets vs Manchester Mystics - LIVE STREAM

5pm - Worcester Wolves vs Bromsgrove Bears



Main image credit - Luke Simcock