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

The D1W title race continues to heat up with teams still trading blows up at the top.

Thames Valley got the best of CoLA to help their title charge, whilst a double-header weekend for Brent and another victory for Ipswich kept them in the mix as well.

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

Thames Valley Cavaliers (10-4) 69-59 CoLA Southwark Pride (9-4)

Thames Valley struck a blow to CoLA's title ambitions and boosted their own with a 69-59 home victory yesterday afternoon.

CoLA were the more accurate of the two sides shooting the ball, 45% to 36%, but attempted 23 fewer shots than their opponents thanks to an uncharacteristic 33 turnovers across the contest.

Robyn Ainge (8stl, 10pts) and Chinwe Iwunze (7stl, 14pts) were the driving force behind the bulk of those turnovers, leaving captain Kat Goldsby (18pts, 7reb, 4ast) to go to work on offence with a game-high total that included a pair of triples.

CoLA trailed for the entirety of the second half despite a positive opening quarter, never finding a way to reduce their deficit the longer the game wore on.

Four points was as close the visitors would get in the end, with Violet Stutz and Esther Kursite both scoring 14 points.

The win gives TVC a leg up on their title rivals, also sealing the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two sides should they finish level on points come the end of the regular season.


Elsewhere this weekend

Brent Bulls (11-3) completed another double-header success, this time beating Team Solent Kestrels (1-13) in back-to-back games.

Saturday's 79-44 W came courtesy of an impressive 25-point outing from reigning POTW Judit Fritz, before Ellie Bishop (16pts) did her bit in Sunday's 76-49 win. 

Leaders Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (12-3) kept their noses in front at the top but had to work hard for it as they saw off Reading Rockets (5-6) 90-83 behind a stunning 38-point effort from Harriet Welham.

Bristol Academy Flyers (6-9) kept themselves in the playoff mix by beating Barking Abbey (4-9) 72-44.

Sixteen points from Hannah Wallace and 14 more from Kim Kheing got the hosts over the line as they stay in the hunt with the teams around them.

New head coach Clive Allen couldn't give an immediate lift to City of Birmingham Rockets (3-13) as they went down 70-59 away to Loughborough Riders (9-7).

Lauren Dabbs hit three of her four shots from beyond the arc for 17 points, leading Erin Powell (14pts, 9reb) and Daisy Porter (11pts, 5ast), who both played well.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 3 February

Team Solent Kestrels 44-79 Brent Bulls - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Endeavour Ipswich Basketball 90-83 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

Bristol Academy Flyers 72-44 Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

Sunday 4 February

Loughborough Riders 70-59 City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Brent Bulls 76-49 Team Solent Kestrels

Thames Valley Cavaliers 69-59 CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock