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Cardiff v Hatters – WBBL

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Cardiff Met Archers 30 – 84 Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (9-12, 16-38, 18-60)

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters have made it six wins in the last seven games after comprehensively beating Cardiff Met Archers 84-30 on the road at Archers Arena.

Hatters are already confirmed in third place in the WBBL Championship table, after Manchester Mystics lost on Friday night, and this win avenges a first ever WBBL defeat to Archers earlier in the campaign.

Leading scorers – Quick 14, Wagstaff 5, Schnorr 4 (Archers); Naylor 22, Gregory 19, Velkey 12 (Hatters)

Turning point – The game was decided in the second quarter, as Krizstina Velkey scored seven points in a 24-4 surge to open it, with six consecutive Lauren Gregory points helping Hatters to a 36-13 lead. Sheffield’s stifling defence contained Archers to just 18 points in the opening three quarters, shooting 16% from the field, as Hatters went on to score 31 points from 22 forced turnovers, and there was no way back from there.

Key stat – Despite going on to dominate the game, Hatters had a faltering start. Amazingly, Helen Naylor scored all 12 of her team’s first quarter points, shooting 4-4 from the field and 3-3 at the line, while the rest of her team shot 0-13.

Game hero(es) – Helen Naylor led the scoring with 22 points, including keeping her team ticking over early on. She was supported by a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds from Lauren Gregory.

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