Riders Women Coach Jesper Sundberg complimented his team’s energy level as they grabbed their first win of the WBBL season on their travels to Oaklands Wolves.
Coach Sundberg commented that the Riders Women’s “energy level was high throughout the game. We did a solid job in half-court defence and on the offensive boards.”
The first quarter saw Oaklands take a six-point lead until Megan Jones scored six of her eight points for the game to tie the game up at 11. Oaklands’ Pritchard ensured the game didn’t stay level for long, but missed free throws for the home side allowed Leicester and Holly Winterburn to put themselves on top as Winterburn added five points before the end of the quarter to give the Riders a three-point lead after one.
The Riders were soon able to extend that lead to ten early in the second as they got to the foul line consistently. Oaklands made sure not to let the game get away from them, adding points before the end of the half to cut the deficit and coming back out after the half were able to briefly take the lead.
A Dee Hayward three pulled the lead back into the Riders’ hands and they wouldn’t give it up again. The fourth quarter saw a dominant Holly Winterburn start the scoring for the period, and finish it as she dropped 13 of her 25 points in the final period alone, just six less than Oaklands scored as a team in the final quarter.
Riders take the win in Oaklands, 83-69.