WBBL Play-Offs Quarter-Final
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 106 (33,58,86) (Campbell 18, Gayle 17, Lowenthal 14)
Leicester Riders 61 (20,31,50) (Jones 21, Swindells 12, Smith/Chaloner 6)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters eased their way into the last four of the WBBL Play-Offs after beating Leicester Riders 106-61.
The home side had six players in double figures with Naomi Campbell leading the way with an 18-point haul as minutes were spread throughout the roster.
Georgia Gayle had another big impact from the bench and finished with 17 points in 21 minutes of action.
Riders made a competitive start and were only two behind at 13-11 after the opening six minutes. However, the Hatters pulled away with a 13-3 close to the first quarter as Gayle and Ellis Clayton netting 3-pointers in the run.
The lead was extended beyond 20 points early in the second with Sheffield racking up 58 first-half points to go into the interval with a commanding 27-point advantage. There was no letting up in the third as Sheffield remained in the ascendancy – taking an 86-50 lead into the final period.
Harriet Swindells netted back-to-back three’s at the start of the fourth as the Riders continued to battle, but Sheffield were able to wrap up a convincing victory to book their spot in the Semi-Finals.
Georgia Jones netted five triples on her way to a game-high 21 points as the Riders saw their post-season venture stop at the first hurdle.
Match Report Courtesy WBBL