WNBL1 recap: 27/28 January - live streams, stats and more

D1W is looking wide open once again following an interesting weekend of results.

An OT loss for leaders Ipswich and wins elsewhere for the chasing pack has opened up the title race once more, giving hope to the likes of CoLA, Brent and Thames Valley.

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

Anglia Ruskin University (7-8) 71-69 Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (11-3) (After 1 OT)

Anglia Ruskin upset league leaders Ipswich following a thrilling OT contest, outlasting the visitors to win 71-69.

ARU had led by as many as 15 points in the first quarter but Ipswich chipped away at that deficit to eventually even things up in the second half.

Both teams took turns to push ahead in the fourth quarter, though it was Ruskin's Courtney Gray (14pts, 11reb, 6stl) that would hold her nerve at the line to sink two late free throws and send the game into an extra period.

OT would also swing back and forth, with a late 6-0 run from the hosts being just enough to secure a valuable two points.

Gray was well-supported by Rian Rawlings (17pts, 6reb, 6ast) and Nadege Talva (15pts, 8reb, 5ast, 3stl) as all five ARU starters scored nine or more points with six or more rebounds.

Christabel Osarobo was the standout for Ipswich with a 24-point, 13-rebound double-double as the former leaders will now need to look for help in results elsewhere to hold onto sole possession of top spot.


Elsewhere this weekend

A loss for Ipswich was great news teams elsewhere, with title-chasing CoLA Southwark Pride grabbing a 63-48 road victory against Loughborough Riders (8-7).

Pride took the final frame 25-12 to break open an otherwise close game, with Chandera Jones-Aryeh (17pts, 6reb, 4ast) recording an impressive +/- of 28.

Reading Rockets (5-5) split their double-header weekend, beating City of Birmingham Rockets (3-12) 72-50 before falling to old foes Thames Valley Cavaliers (9-4) 67-53 on Sunday.

Five TVC players scored nine or more in the win, led by Robyn Ainge's 14-point, seven-assist outing.

Brent Bulls (9-3), like CoLA, can draw level with Ipswich if they can win their games in hand as they picked up another victory this weekend.

The 73-67 come-from-behind W relied on a 24-9 final quarter and 22 points from Judit Fritz to get the Bulls past Bristol Academy Flyers (5-9).

The weekend closed with Manchester Mystics (8-6) easing past bottom side Team Solent Kestrels (1-11) 63-40.

TSK scored just 10 points across the second and third quarters combined, allowing Rehana Khalil (19pts, 8reb) to lead the Mystics' offence at the other end.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 27 January

Anglia Ruskin University 71-69 Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (After 1OT) - LIVE STATS

Reading Rockets 72-50 City of Birmingham Rockets

Sunday 28 January

Loughborough Riders 48-63 CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Brent Bulls 73-67 Bristol Academy Flyers

Reading Rockets 53-67 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

Manchester Mystics 63-40 Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock