Brittany Winborne’s double-double gives Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters the head-to-head over Manchester Mystics.
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 78 (19,39,61) (Winborne 25, Gayle 14, Gandy 13)
Manchester Mystics 72 (14,30,55) (Allen 21, Jones 20, Thomas-Johnson 12)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters have leapfrogged Manchester Mystics into second place in the WBBL Championship title race, after overcoming their rivals 78-72 on Sunday afternoon, thereby taking the crucial season head-to-head between the teams.
Brittany Winborne was the inspiration behind the win, with a massive double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. And it was she who broke open a tight start to the game when she gave Hatters a first quarter edge by scoring the last six points of the period, 19-14.
They wouldn’t relinquish that lead for the remainder of the game, and stretched it in similar fashion just before the half with a late run of seven unanswered points making the score 37-28, on Steph Gandy’s ‘and-one’ after Ellis Clayton scored four. And the hosts led by double-digits when Helen Naylor scored for 45-34 after the break.
Mystics enjoyed their best spell of the game in the third quarter, when a 12-4 push trimmed the deficit to within one shot at 49-46 as Dominique Allen scored eight points.
But Sheffield would let them get no closer, as Gandy scored consecutively to open the final period and restore the double-figure advantage. Still, a Naylor three-pointer was required to hold off Mystics as Georgia Jones hit a pair of triples when she scored ten straight points for her team.
And Georgia Gayle saw the game out from the line for Hatters, making 4/4 down the stretch, to end a run of four straight wins for Manchester and get Sheffield back into the race after three defeats in their previous five games.