Loughborough Riders Women took on Nottingham Wildcats in the WNBL. Just two weeks after Loughborough handing Nottingham in the their first loss of the season in the National Cup, the Riders were able to take a 70-64 win over the Wildcats
In a high scoring first quarter Loughborough took a 24-20 lead into the break which they were able to maintain through through the second period behind good play from Maaja Bratka and guards Rheanne Bailey and Georgia Jones.
The Riders lead entered the fourth quarter Riders led 53-46. Loughborough continued to control the paint with Bratka and Baird however big shots from Georgia Jones opened up the Riders lead to nine early in the quarter. Coach Harber’s side hit foul trouble early allowing Nottingham to tie the game by the midpoint of the final quarter, 60-60.
A lull in scoring meant that a big drive from Gilliam Baird allowed the Riders to take a 64-62 lead with just 1.31 remaining in the game. Another drive from Jones to beat the shot-clock put the home side up by four going into the final minute. Nottingham were forced to foul and the Riders were able to hold on to take a 70-64 win.
“I am really proud of the team for holding their nerve down the stretch.”
Maaja Bratka poured 16 points whilst grabbing 7 rebounds whilst Rheanne Bailey added 12 points and Maia Bratka recorded 13 rebounds in 22 minutes of play in the win. Nottingham were led by 24 points from Adrian Richie.
Loughborough Riders guard Rheanne Bailey commented after the game.
“It was a great game to play in and it was good to see the team come together and execute down the stretch to get us the win.”
Head Coach Matthew Harber was pleased to pick up a tight win.
“This league game against Nottingham was always going to be highly competitive and went down to the wire as expected. I am really proud of the team for holding their nerve down the stretch. Particular mention to Maia Bratka for an exceptional rebounding performance which helped the team to perform as we did.”
The Riders travel to Northumbria to continue their WNBL campaign next weekend.