WNBL1 preview: 23/24 March - live streams, stats and more

The regular-season title may have been decided, but there are still battles going on elsewhere in D1W.

The fight for post-season seedings is ramping up, with just a few games to go in the current campaign.

Just two points separate three teams in the scrap across the top four, and three teams, Manchester, Anglia Ruskin and Bristol, are still trying to squeeze into the two remaining playoff spots.

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.

Anglia Ruskin University (8-11) vs City of Birmingham Rockets (4-17)

Anglia Ruskin welcome City of Birmingham to Cambridge this weekend as their fight for the playoffs continues.

ARU, Manchester and Bristol are all locked up on 16 points as three teams try to fit into two top-eight spaces, making the end of the regular season an exciting one.

At 2-3 in their last five, Ruskin have been a mixed bag. Losses to top-four chasing CoLA, Brent and Thames Valley were to be expected, but an OT win against newly-crowned champions Ipswich certainly wasn't and displays that on their day this weekend's hosts can be a tough team to face.

Rian Rawlings (12.8PPG) and Nadege Talva (12.6PPG) lead the team's scoring charts, with Courtney Gray (11.1PPG, 7.5RPG) controlling the glass.

All three will be hoping to get the opportunity to cash in against a Rockets side who have struggled in their maiden D1W campaign.

A swift return to the second tier won't be what CoB envisioned when they were promoted a year ago, but the West Midlands team will have learned plenty about what they need to do to compete at this level going forward.

Michelle Turner (9.8PPG, 2.7APG), Nuri Seyedagha (8.4PPG, 4.8RPG) and Catarina Seixas (7.9PPG) have all enjoyed reasonable years, but the Rockets' offence ranks second-lowest in D1W.

That should be music to the ears of ARU, who allow just 60.1PPG, the fourth-best in the league.


Elsewhere this weekend

There's plenty of action across the country in a busy weekend for D1W.

Champions Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (18-3) head to Loughborough Riders (12-8), who would need to pick up points to secure fifth spot as Reading continue their charge up the standings using their games in hand.

Bristol Academy Flyers (8-13) are 1-4 across their last five games, form that has hindered their playoff push. They close the regular season with a trip to basement side Team Solent Kestrels (1-19).

Thames Valley Cavaliers (15-5) are still locked into a tight top-four battle that could go either way. They won't want to drop points against tenth place Barking Abbey (6-14), with the likes of Brent and CoLA looking to prosper from any slip-ups.

Reading Rockets (10-8) have streaked into the playoff picture in the last month as they've been making up their games in hand. Currently in sixth, the Rockets welcome Brent Bulls (15-6) for what could be a dress rehearsal for a potential playoff contest in a few weeks.

Sunday sees both Solent and Reading complete double-headers as they meet on the South coast, with Barking and Thames Valley completing the second leg of their home-and-away weekend in East London.

That just leaves CoLA Southwark Pride (16-5) hosting Manchester Mystics (8-12) to finish the weekend's schedule, with CoLA looking to make it seven in a row with another victory here.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 23 March

1pm - Loughborough Riders vs Endeavour Ipswich Basketball - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

3pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Bristol Academy Flyers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4:15pm - Anglia Ruskin University vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

4:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Reading Rockets vs Brent Bulls - LIVE STATS

Sunday 24 March

12pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

12pm - Barking Abbey vs Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

2:15pm - CoLA Southwark Pride vs Manchester Mystics - LIVE STATS


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