Sevenoaks Suns 57 (20,28,38) (Clarke 18, Nikitinaite 13, Carr 10)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters 62 (15,32,43) (Gandy 26, Naylor 11, Winborne 10)
Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters prevailed in the second half to beat Sevenoaks Suns 62-57 on the road, and avenge last week’s WBBL Cup defeat to this opposition. The sides started the game in joint-third in the WBBL Championship table, with Hatters now moving into joint-second as they notched a third straight league win.
Stephanie Gandy was the outstanding performer as she recorded 26 points, on 80% shooting, to break into the top three individual scorers in the WBBL so far this campaign.
In a hard fought game throughout, Suns were in control early on as they sought a fourth consecutive win themselves. They led 10-2 on Ta’Yani Clarke’s second basket of the early exchanges, and were still up at 20-15 after ten minutes.
But Gandy took over from the outset of the second stanza, hitting six points in a run of 11 unanswered as the visitors snatched the lead, 26-20. Suns came back to level the game, but Hatters maintained their margin through to the half as Gandy and Helen Naylor scored just before the break.
An 8-1 start to the third saw the hosts take the lead back at 36-33 on Catherine Carr’s score, as Hatters registered just one point in nearly six minutes. But the pendulum swung back once more, and decisively, as an 8-2 run to close the period, again sparked by Gandy, saw them regain the lead at 43-38 on Ana Santana-Gonzalez’s lay-up.
The game was tight all the way down the stretch as a run of eight unanswered points inside the last four minutes, started by Clarke, was capped by Gabriele Nikitinaite to get the Suns back to within one at 57-56. But Brittany Winborne and Naylor popped up with the crucial baskets for Hatters, putting them in front 62-56 inside the final minute.
Match report courtesy of WBBL