Hatter v Oaklands – WBBL

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Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 86 – 73 Oaklands Wolves (25-19, 46-39, 70-53)

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters have gone top of the WBBL Championship table after an 86-73 defeat of Oaklands Wolves moved them to an 8-1 record.

Hatters remain unbeaten at home this season and have won their last five games in the league; while they also hold a perfect 5-0 record in meetings with Wolves since they joined the WBBL.

Leading scorers – Helen Naylor 26, Alison Gorrell 20, Sarah Toeaina 15 (Hatters); Roya Rustamzada 20, Tia Freeman 16, Dorka Boros 11 (Wolves)

Turning point – Hatters took over in the third quarter to break open a tight game, hitting an early 12-2 burst as Helen Naylor and Luiana Livulo scored four each. A further seven unanswered points a few minutes later, with Alison Gorrell scoring five including an ‘and-one’ play, made it an unassailable 66-48.

Key stat – Hatters dominated the interior, scoring 50 of their points in the paint and shooting 56% on the inside, while also out-rebounding their visitors 47-37.

Game hero(es) – Naylor (26) and Gorrell (20) led that Hatters charge on the inside, combining for more than half of their team’s points with Naylor shooting 62% from two-point range while Gorrell added 12 rebounds and six assists.


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