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

The D1W regular season is now over, with the top eight teams progressing to the playoffs.

Endeavour Ipswich Basketball claimed the title some time ago, with the two games from this past weekend finalising who would make the post-season, and the seedings of those who did.

Anglia Ruskin saw off Manchester to ensure the Mystics would miss the playoffs in their maiden D1W campaign, whilst Loughborough beat Reading to retain fifth spot.

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 (13-9) 91-68 Reading Rockets (11-10)

In a straight shootout for fifth and sixth, Loughborough came out on top to win 91-68.

Owing to the result when the teams last met, it was a straight-forward win and you're in scenario for fifth, with the hosts coming through comfortably thanks to 23 points from Daisy Porter.

Reading had started well, leading 23-18 after a competitive opening frame, but the visitors would lose their way in the second to trail 50-39 heading into the break.

Things didn't get better from there as the Riders claimed both quarters of the second half to win at a canter, setting up a trip to Brent to open their playoffs next week.

Porter was well supported by Lauren Dabbs (18pts, 6ast, 5reb) and Erin Powell (14pts, 10reb, 8ast), who flirted with a triple-double.

As has been the case for much of the season, Lindsey Cleary was the lone bright spot for the Rockets. The American closed with a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds and five assists, but it wouldn't be enough to lift her side to a twelfth win of the season.

The Rockets must now travel former champs CoLA Southwark Pride next week, a team they've lost to by single digits in both regular season contests.


Elsewhere this weekend

The only other game this past weekend saw Anglia Ruskin University (10-11) take care of business against Manchester Mystics (8-14), winning 75-58.

Manchester needed any kind of win to make the playoffs, and a victory by 23 points or more would have seen the Mystics jump into seventh, but it wasn't to be against a solid ARU team that shot 45% from the field.

Jazmin Gyulai came off the Ruskin bench to torment the visitors, dropping a game-high 26 points that included 4/8 from beyond the arc. Her eight boards helped the hosts control the glass, winning that battle 44-37 as they also nabbed a valuable nine second chance points.

Rian Rawlings (16ps, 7reb, 4ast) and Courtney Gray (13ps, 10reb) both played well as Kasia Neininger (6pts, 6reb, 10ast) played provider for her side, who now travel to Thames Valley to open the playoffs.

Manchester's loss was Bristol's gain as the Flyers secured the eighth and final post-season spot, but a trip to top dogs Ipswich will be a tough ask next weekend.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 6 April

4:15pm - Anglia Ruskin University 75-58 Manchester Mystics - LIVE STATS

Sunday 7 April

3pm - Loughborough Riders 91-68 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


Main image credit - Tara St Clair