Durham Palatinates 52-93 Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters (21-27, 25-51, 37-72)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters continued their unbeaten start to the season in fine form with a convincing 93-52 road victory over Durham Palatinates.
After a back and forth opening quarter, the road team flexed their muscle with a game-defining 24-4 run. Helen Naylor led the way for the visitors with an efficient 24 points, as the Championship leaders move to 5-0. Durham, meanwhile, will have to wait at least another week before recording their first win of the season.
Leading Scorers: Fong Lyew Quee 27, Ottewill 14 (Palatinates); Naylor 24, Woods 14, Velkey 14, Lewis 12 (Hatters)
Turning Point: The visitors blew the game wide-open in the second quarter, holding Durham to just 4 points to establish an unassailable 26 point cushion by halftime. Helen Naylor opened the second stanza with 8 unanswered points and Sheffield never looked back.
Key Stat: Hatters dominated the boards, racking up 36 points in the paint and converting 35 second chance points – 33 more than Durham. A result of pulling down a monstrous 21 offensive rebounds.
Game Hero(es): Helen Naylor set the tone early on the way to a team-high 24 points. Efficient inside and out, Naylor connected on 3 of 4 three-pointers.