Georgia Gayle leads Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters to a big win as they seek to defend the WBBL Trophy.
WBBL Trophy, North Group
Nottingham Wildcats 72 (12,31,50) (Harris 22, Herbert 19, Prior 13)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 82 (20,44,61) (Gandy 22, Gayle 22, Naylor 18)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters got their defence of the WBBL Trophy off to the best possible start with a crucial 82-72 road win over the league-leading Nottingham Wildcats. Georgia Gayle (22), Steph Gandy (22) and Helen Naylor (18) combined for three quarter of Sheffield’s points, with Gayle posting the most impressive numbers by adding eight rebounds and six assists.
Hatters are in pursuit of a third consecutive Trophy crown, and had won both of the previous meetings between these formidable rivals in this competition, including the 2015 final.
And they got off to a fast start in this game, leading from the early stages and throughout as Gayle scored nine first quarter points, including two free-throws to make it 17-8 after six straight points. She added another five in an 11-3 surge to open the second stanza, and Hatters led 31-15.
Match Report Courtesy WBBLShare