Jesper Sundberg praised a good team-wide contribution as the Leicester Riders came through the Nottingham Wildcats by a convincing 22-points in Sunday afternoon’s local derby game at Loughborough University.
Sundberg commented “I’m very happy with the win. The players did a great job keeping the league’s leading scorer to only three made shots. Nottingham did a good job on the offensive boards and our rebounding is something we will have to work on ahead of this coming weekend. It was a good team win where all our players contributed.”
The Riders would take the lead the start the game with three-points from Kate Oliver but the rest of the period would belong to the Wildcats as they would see themselves lead by as many as five points by the middle of the period.
The Wildcats would try to focus their offence around the league’s leading scorer in Chelsey Shumpert and she was able to get her teammates involved as they’d hold the lead until the final eight seconds of the quarter.
As the quarter came to a close it was Brea Elmore, who would score at the basket to ensure that despite trailing for the majority of the quarter, they’d head into the break on a positive note, leading by one.
And from that point onwards it was all Riders.
The home side would outscore Nottingham by 15-points in the second quarter, and all of those extra 15 points coming on a 15-0 scoring run. Dee Hayward, Jen Ashton and Rebeca Navarro would score all of the points in the run to put the Riders in a commanding position at the half.
Leicester would continue where they left off after the half and would hold the Wildcats to just 9-points in the third. All whilst scoring 20. The Riders would start the period with Claire Paxton providing for Hayward on the outside for three before Hayward would then turn provider as Paxton got to the basket.
But the continuing story was the Riders huge defensive efforts as the Wildcats would score just two field goals in the quarter. With the league’s leading scorer seemingly out of ideas and struggling with turnover issues it was evident that the gameplan was focus on Shumpert and it was working beautifully. Shumpert would finish the game 3-17 from the field.
In the final quarter, the Wildcats were able to outscore the Riders but by this point the game was far out of reach of the travelling side. Leicester coming out victors, 87-65.
Holly Winterburn would finish the game leading in scoring once again, this time with 24 as she would raise her average points per game over the 20-point mark for the season so far.