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Hatters v Nottingham – WBBL

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Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 76 – 73 Nottingham Wildcats (20-22, 42-41, 54-58)

Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters remain top of the WBBL Championship as they moved to 6-0 with a 76-73 defeat of perennial rivals Nottingham Wildcats on Saturday.

League meetings between the sides were split at 3-3 coming into this game, with six of the seven clashes now having been settled by single figures as the teams were barely separated once more.

Leading scorers – Gandy 24, Velkey 14, Naylor 13 (Hatters); Harris 22, Lovett 19, S’Bahi 12 (Wildcats)

Turning point – The decisive moment came right at the end of this game. Hatters trailed heading into the final minute, before Krizstina Velkey tied the game at 73 with a three-pointer. With 20 seconds to play Steph Gandy emerged from a timeout to put Hatters in front, as they scored the last six of the game and Vicky Gray missed a triple on the buzzer to tie it.

Key stat – There were 13 lead changes in the game, typically close between these two teams. Key for the Hatters was that all five starters scored in double-figures.

Game hero – Steph Gandy led the scoring with 24 points, shooting 60% and including the decisive basket that put Hatters in front.

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