Leicester Riders claimed the WBBL Betty Codona Trophy for the second year running today at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.
Riders overcame a tough fight from the Durham Patatantines following some key additions to the roster for the Northern side in recent weeks.
The Riders exploded to an early lead, holding Durham scoreless for the start of the opening period in their first WBBL final. The Riders offensive push continued to extend the lead to ten points after ten.
Durham rallied behind an impressive 18 points from former Charnwood College player Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby whilst Riders struggled to get back into flow offensively.
A scoring run from home town Claire Paxton and import forward Kate Oliver lifted the Riders ahead in the third quarter, giving the defending champions a league too much for Durham to overcome.
Despite a number of big scores late, Rebecca Navarro and Brea Elmore converted at the line late in the fourth and the Riders came out on top.
Head Coach Jesper Sundberg was pleased with the victory in his first season as Head Coach of the Leicester Riders.
“Huge congratulations to our players and the organisation. And a big congratulations to Durham for making it here today. I knew it was going to be a tough game – we knew it would take the full 40 minutes.”
Kate Oliver retained MVP honours for a second season finishing the game with a 16 points as well as 8 rebounds and a high 5 blocks to help the Riders to their second piece of WBBL silverware.
“It’s amazing – it feels good [to win MVP].
“We knew that they were gonna come out fighting so we had to come out even harder and I think we did a great job.
“They were not getting roll over and let us take the Championship so we had to fight all the way through.”
Riders return to league play as they travel to Nottingham next weekend to try and keep pressure on the top spot in the league.
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