With the country entering another hiatus as January 2021 began, WNBL1 also pushed the stop button on league play but most teams are now ready to safely begin their season once again.
To provide as much flexibility as possible during these difficult times, all teams have been given the opportunity to withdraw from the 2020/21 season should they wish to. One side, Bristol Academy Flyers, have made the decision to pull out and we look forward to seeing them again in 2021/22.
In order to fit the remaining fixtures into the coming months, a number of changes have been agreed to the schedule for all WNBL teams:
To get the ball rolling once again, there is one WNBL game this weekend and all eyes will be on East London as the Lions host the Riders on Saturday afternoon.
Bottom side Barking host second-place Loughborough on Saturday as the Riders look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
The Midlands side finished 2020 on a roll with wins over Thames Valley, Cardiff, Nottingham and leaders Ipswich and will try to keep that momentum going at a venue they found success in last season, winning 94-65.
American Makana Stone is currently enjoying a WNBL seventh-best 17.2ppg to go with 15.8rpg, making her one of the premium forwards in the league this season. Katie Januszewska and Robyn Ainge have also played well in support, helping Loughborough's climb up the standings.
It has been a difficult start to the season for the Lions, who have only been able to play four games so far and haven't been on court since mid-November. Losing by an average of 36 points per contest, Coach Balogun and his staff remain hard at work with this young roster to continue their development.
Forward Leia Edwards has enjoyed some positive performances despite her young age (11ppg, 7rpg), as has Kian Omer-Jones (9.5ppg, 7.5rpg).
2pm - BA London Lions II v Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS
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