|Stat Comparison||Riders||Manchester Mystics|
|Riders - M.Bratka||16|
|Manchester Mystics - Moss||24|
|Riders - M.Bratka||10|
|Manchester Mystics - Bueri Beri||13|
|Riders - G.Jones||5|
|Manchester Mystics - J.Curtis||7|
|Riders - M.Bratka||2|
|Manchester Mystics - J.Curtis||2|
|Riders - M.Bratka||4|
|Manchester Mystics - Blakeway-Welling||1|
Leicester Riders grabbed a good win at home against the Manchester Mystics today in the WBBL to improve to 4-3 in the Championship table
Leicester Riders women had a great beginning and started the game with 9-0 run in the first two minutes which forced Coach Rob Fairley to take a timeout. Riders showed good teamwork in defence and compelled Mystics to make 8 turnovers for ten minutes. Until the end of the first period Riders were dominating the court and took 19-7 lead in the second period.
In the next ten minutes Mystics tried to push more and catch up with Riders, but the duo Georgia Jones and Rheanne Bailey had other plans and did not allow them.
Riders started the second half with hesitation which gave a chance to Mystics to come back in the game. Manchester’s S.Moss played great in offence and decreased Riders’ lead to only one point 2 minutes before the end of the third period.
Georgia Elliot-King came off the bench to add valuable minutes, playing great defence and crashing the boards on top her signature shooting.
Until the end of the game the Estonian sisters Maaja and Maia Bratka showed again that they dominate the area under the basket – their blocks and rebounds stopped the Mystics’ comeback and Riders took a 69-62 win.
Head coach Matthew Harber was pleased with the win:
“Pleased to have broken our losing streak against Manchester, and it’s never easy having such a quick turnaround after yesterday’s loss, but the girls got it done.
We still have a lot of things to work on, but I’m confident we’re going to find some consistency soon.”
Maaja Bratka had another great game and finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Georgia Jones scored 14 points and Kastine Evans added 10.