Suns champions, Pride & Archers into Play-Offs

Sevenoaks Suns clinched a historic first WBBL Championship title on the final weekend with Leicester Riders coming up just short.

Len Busch's side got their all-important victory away at Manchester Mystics as they prevailed 44-57 on the road behind 16 points from Ta'Yani Clark, while Cat Carr added 11 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists.  

The Riders also finished on a 19-1 record as they earned an impressive 69-77 road win at Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters, but missed out on the title on their head-to-head record with the Suns.

Caledonia Pride also made history as they reached the Play-Offs for the first time - in their second season - after edging out Durham Palatinates 73-70 to confirm a top-8 finish. Rosanna Reynolds had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists with Tricia Oakes posting 17 points and 12 rebounds.  

Cardiff Met Archers kept their hopes alive with a convincing 55-76 win away at BA London Lions as Merissa Quick fired in 25 points with Sarah Wagstaff close behind with 20 points.

"A lot came together nicely for us [on Saturday] - we really played together and just tried to take care of what we could control," said Quick.

"We didn't know if it would be our last game together or not, so we just wanted to enjoy it and have some fun playing together."

Archers' fate was out of their hands, but had their spot in the Play-Offs confirmed after Durham recorded an 88-77 win to deny Oaklands Wolves as Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee fired in 36 points to finish with 60 on the final weekend.

Quick added: "We are really excited for the chance to extend our season.

"We've had a lot of really close losses so to still have the opportunity means a lot to our team."

Meanwhile, Nottingham Wildcats capped a strong finish to the season with a double-winning weekend to grab fourth spot. The Cup champions defeated Team Northumbria 78-73 on Saturday before closing out the league campaign with a 57-53 victory against the Lions.  

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