A huge haul of 34 points from Ashely Harris led Nottingham Wildcats to a crucial win over Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Nottingham Wildcats 87 (17,42,62) (Harris 34, Prior 16, Mendes 13)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 85 (27,44,65) (Gayle 28, Gandy 23, Winborne 12)
Nottingham Wildcats have scored an important early season victory over fellow title contenders Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters, winning 87-85 on their home floor on Saturday. They were inspired by 34 points from Ashley Harris – the highest points tally for any player in the WBBL Championship so far this season – in an exciting finish that saw five lead changes inside the last two minutes.
This was the second meeting this campaign between the league champions from the last two seasons, and Hatters got off to a fast start having lost the last game. Steph Gandy hit eight first quarter points, including the last five in a 10-0 burst that gave the visitors an early double-digit lead at 27-14.
But Harris came to the fore soon after, making a three-pointer and getting Wildcats back to within one shot at 42-39 when she scored consecutively inside the last two minutes of the second quarter, in which she scored 11 points.
Nottingham completed their comeback soon after the half, as Siobhan Prior hit a triple and, fittingly, Harris edged them in front in what became a 14-5 surge and a 56-49 lead when Melisa Mendes landed a three-pointer.
Match Report courtesy WBBL