WNBL1 preview: 6/7 April - live streams, stats and more

Just a pair of games take place this weekend as the D1W regular season draws to a close.

With the news that Anglia Ruskin's tie with Reading doesn't have an available date to be rearranged and will therefor be void, that just leaves a pair of games this weekend to bring the curtain down on the regular season.

Anglia Ruskin host Manchester tomorrow before Loughborough entertain Reading on Sunday, with both contests still able to have an effect on the playoff places.

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.

Loughborough Riders (12-9) vs Reading Rockets (11-9)

Loughborough and Reading will play out the final regular season game of 2023/24 when they meet on Sunday afternoon.

The clash will go a long way towards deciding the #5 and #6 seeds for the post-season, with Loughborough (fifth) and Reading (sixth) both needing to decide their head-to-head tiebreaker.

To climb above the Riders, any kind of win will do for the visitors after they claimed the first meeting between the two sides 81-53 all the way back in early October.

The difference in seedings will likely mean either a trip to third place CoLA Southwark Pride or Brent Bulls, though neither will be an easy destination to open the playoffs.

Loughborough come into this one in middling form, going 3-2 in their last five, though they were on the receiving end of a 95-62 loss to Ipswich last time out.

Reading are in the same boat, going 3-2 in their last five, but with wins against Brent, Manchester and Solent in that stretch, plus a narrow three point loss to CoLA, the Rockets appear to have more momentum on their side than tomorrow's hosts.

Lindsey Cleary will remain a key play for Reading, as ever. Her 15.4PPG, 11.2RPG and 4.0APG are all D1W top tens at this late stage of the season.

Expect Erin Powell (11.1PPG), Erin Caldwell (10.3PPG) and Daisy Porter (9.8PPG) to lead the way for Loughborough.


Elsewhere this weekend

The weekend's only other game also carries playoff implications as Manchester Mystics (8-13) head to Anglia Ruskin University (9-11).

A home win for Anglia Ruskin will see them jump over Bristol into seventh spot, relegating the Flyers into eighth and leaving Manchester without a ticket to the post-season.

A win for the Mystics would tie all three teams on 18 points however, bringing into play a three-way tiebreaker.

In that scenario, Bristol would drop out of the playoffs having lost both meetings this season against Manchester and ARU, leaving them 0-4 in the mini league table.

Seventh and eighth would then be a straight shootout between tomorrow's two sides, with the following scenarios:

  • If Manchester win by 23 or more, Mystics #7, ARU #8, Bristol #9
  • If Manchester win by 22 or less, ARU #7, Mystics #8, Bristol #9.
  • And if ARU win, ARU #7, Bristol #8, Manchester #9.

Simple? It never is at this point of the season!

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 6 April

4:15pm - Anglia Ruskin University vs Manchester Mystics - LIVE STATS

Sunday 7 April

3pm - Loughborough Riders vs Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


Main image credit - Tara St Clair