WNBL1 preview: 3/4 February - live streams, stats and more

The calendar has crept into February, leaving just eight weekends of D1W action before the end of the regular season.

With four teams currently sat on either three or four losses, that means the title race is still wide open.

With two of those sides, CoLA and Thames Valley, set to face off this weekend, there's plenty to look forward to in the coming days.

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.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (9-4) vs CoLA Southwark Pride (9-3)

Two teams tied on 18 points go head-to-head on Sunday as CoLA take a trip to Uxbridge to face Thames Valley Cavaliers.

Both sides have won four of their last five games and enter the weekend with plenty of form. TVC bounced back well from their National Cup final defeat to knock off Reading last weekend, whilst CoLA are still riding the wave of a chunk of their roster claiming the U18 Cup.

Thames Valley's Chinwe Iwunze (14.2PPG) and Kat Goldsby (13.2PPG) both rank inside the league's top ten scorers going into the weekend, though how they're fare against CoLA's #1 ranked defence (56.8PPG allowed) remains to be seen.

At 72.5PPG, TVC's offence is one of the most prolific in the league behind only leaders Ipswich, creating a nice strength vs strength battle at the top of the standings.

With the title race now looking like a wide-open four-team race, neither of these sides will want to come out on the losing end of Sunday's contest.

There is also the matter of the head-to-head tiebreaker to settle, with the Cavs currently holding the upper hand in that regard after November's 51-45 road win.

That means this weekend's result as well as the score line could prove important should these two teams finish tied on points at the end of the regular season.


Elsewhere this weekend

The remainder of the six-game weekend slate starts on the South Coast as Team Solent Kestrels (1-11) continue their quest for D1W survival against the charging Brent Bulls (9-3).

The Londoners have won four in a row since the turn of the year and take on the Kestrels in a home-and-away double-header this weekend, with the second leg taking place in Brent on Sunday afternoon.

Leaders Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (11-3) looked to have built a comfortable lead at the top but back-to-back losses to Thames Valley and Anglia Ruskin have seen that advantage all but disappear.

The Suffolk side will look to get back on track tomorrow as they host Reading Rockets (5-5).

Saturday's only other fixture sees Bristol Academy Flyers (5-9) continuing their push for a playoff spot, going up against the team directly below them in the standings, Barking Abbey (4-8).

Both teams have lost four of their last five games but someone's form will get an uptick before the weekend is out.

Outside of Thames Valley CoLA and the second leg of Solent vs Brent, Sunday's only other game involves Loughborough Riders (8-7) at home to City of Birmingham Rockets (3-12).

The Rockets moved on from head coach Ryan Emery recently, putting Clive Allen at the helm going forward. A road game against the top-four-chasing Riders is a tough game first up, though all at City of Birmingham will be hoping Allen can help the team avoid an immediate return to D2.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 3 February

2pm - Team Solent Kestrels vs Brent Bulls - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

3:30pm - Endeavour Ipswich Basketball vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

5pm - Bristol Academy Flyers vs Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

Sunday 4 February

3pm - Loughborough Riders vs City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

5:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers vs CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS

4pm - Brent Bulls vs Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS