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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.

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