|Riders - Smith & Hayward||6|
|Northumbria - O'Dwyer||19|
|Riders - Bratka||10|
|Northumbria - Clarke||10|
|Riders - Jones||4|
|Northumbria - Clarke||5|
|Riders - Challoner||2|
|Northumbria - Clarke||3|
|Northumbria - O'Dwyer||1|
Leicester Riders could not end Team Northumbria’s unbeaten streak and will not progress to the next stage of the WBBL Trophy.
Leicester Riders started the game confidently with Mollie Campbell scoring the first two points in the game. Good team work at the both defensive and offensive ends helped Riders to not allow Northumbria to take control of the game.
In the second and third period the pace of the game changed and Riders struggled to take control in offence. Team Northumbria successfully pressured the ball in defence and did not allow Leicester Riders to make easy baskets.
Alex Smith and Deanne Hayward finished with 6 points each, while Charnwood students Eleanor Jones and Harriet Swindells added 4 and 3 points respectively.
Head Coach Harber commented following the game.
“It goes without saying that we’re all extremely disappointed with that showing. I have to be honest and say that was one of the most difficult games I’ve had to coach, simply because we didn’t play our game. I didn’t see our usual characteristics at both ends of the floor and Northumbria outplayed us in every area of the court.
Voynova, O’Dwyer and Asoro scored at will in a variety of ways and we simply couldn’t match that physicality in the front court.
We can’t overlook the fact that we haven’t practiced together as a team for the last 10 days due to the National Teams break, but that doesn’t excuse what happened today.
As always, we’ll head back to practice on Monday and look at our mistakes and improve. There’s not going to be any quick fixes.”
Next Saturday Leicester Riders are welcoming Cardiff Archers at Sir David Wallace at 2:30pm.