Leicester Riders took victory over the Nottingham Wildcats to improve their positive start to the WBBL Champions.
eicester Riders were dominant in winning the East Midlands derby 83-70 against Nottingham Wildcats, led by Alex Smith and Dee Hayward to a first ever WBBL win in Nottingham.
Riders built their lead from the outset, scoring the first 10 points of the game, shared equally between Smith and Hayward. Those two, and Kate Oliver, added three-pointers before the first quarter was done, making the score 26-9. That gave the visitors enough to hold off their hosts, and the game was settled when they scored the last seven of the third period for 65-47.
Alex Smith led the scoring for the Riders with 20 points alongside seven assists whilst Dee Hayward and Erin McGarrachan poured in 19 points each in the victory.
Riders return home on Saturday 25th to face the Sheffield Hatters in the opening game of the WBBL Cup at Loughborough University’s Netball Centre at 2pm.
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