WNBL1 recap: 9/10 March - live streams, stats and more

Ipswich are now just one win away from claiming the D1W regular season title.

Their win against Barking on Saturday put the Suffolk side on the brink of success, highlighting a great weekend of basketball across the league.

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.

Brent Bulls (14-6) 61-68 Reading Rockets (9-7)

Reading's showed D1W that they mean business heading into the playoffs, beating Brent 68-61.

The Rockets were outside of the playoff places entirely just a few weeks ago but have quickly vaulted back into contention and will be a team every side is looking to avoid in the post-season.

Fourteen points from Krissy Karpova and 10 more from Jade Blackburn got the job done for the visitors, as a game-high 23 points from Judit Fritz wouldn't be enough to stop the Bulls from falling to their third loss in the last four games.

A 22-11 third period broke the game open for Reading, and despite winning the final frame 28-16, the hosts had left themselves too much work to do for a successful comeback.

Brent now have two regular-season games left to find some form before the playoffs begin, whilst the Rockets are still rolling after their fourth win in a row. 


Elsewhere this weekend

Leaders Endeavour Ipswich Basketball (17-3) easily beat Barking Abbey (6-13) 107-67 thanks to 35 points from Harriet Welham and a 21-point, 15-rebound effort from Christabel Osarobo.

Bristol Academy Flyers (8-12) moved back into playoff contention with a 66-52 victory against City of Birmingham Rockets (3-17).

Kim Kheing (13pts), Leila Jepson and Hannah Wallace (13pts) all played well in the win as the Flyers remain locked on 16 points with Manchester and Anglia Ruskin for the final two playoff spots in seventh and eighth.

Sunday began with Team Solent Kestrels (1-18) putting up another tough fight, this time against CoLA Southwark Pride (14-5), though TSK would eventually lose out 69-61.

It was Solent's second single-digit loss in a row, with Tilly Goddard and Florrie Cotterill both scoring 13 points. Violet Stutz and Chandera Jones-Aryeh (15pts each) would protect CoLA from the upset though, keeping the Londoners in the top four race.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (15-4) are the only side who can stop leaders Ipswich at this point, and they beat Manchester Mystics (8-11) 81-57.

A game-high 22 points from Chinwe Iwunze did the job for TVC as Irene Oboavwoduo (16pts) was the only player in double digits for the Mystics.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 9 March

1pm - Barking Abbey 67-107 Endeavour Ipswich Basketball

3pm - Bristol Academy Flyers 66-52 City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

Sunday 10 March

2pm - Team Solent Kestrels 61-69 CoLA Southwark Pride - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

3pm - Brent Bulls 61-68 Reading Rockets

3:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 81-57 Manchester Mystics - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock