Leicester Riders women were beaten by Durham Palatinates 63-55 on the road, in the first meeting between the sides since this year’s Trophy Final, in which Riders prevailed.
Despite defeat, the Riders remain slight favourites to secure a second place finish in the WBBL Championship.
The scores were level on 13 points at the end of the first quarter, and Durham had the slight edge at halftime, leading 30-29.
Durham came to life in the third quarter, racing out of the gates after the break to outscore the Riders 23-9 in the period and establish a match winning position.
Riders were held to just 29 percent shooting by suffocating Durham defence.
For Riders Jen Ashton top scored with 14 points, while Brea Elmore added 12, and Dee Hayward 10.
Durham’s Theairra Taylor produced a game winning display for Durham, putting together 14 points and 14 rebounds to go along with eight assists.