Leicester Riders Women got their season underway with an away trip to defending WBBL champions the Sevenoaks Suns, but a dominant performance for the home side saw the Riders drop their first game of the year.
Both sides struggled in the first two minutes of the game before Dee Hayward was able to put the first points on the board for the evening with a neat layup around the Sevenoaks defender. This though seemed to spark the home side into life and that 2-0 advantage early-on would be the only lead the Riders would have through the game.
The away side found themselves on the wrong end of an eight-point deficit after one, and after scoring 12 points in the first the offense struggled further in the second. The Riders would drop just nine points in the period, taking seven minutes to register their first field goal.
The Suns offence weren’t able to be stopped by the Riders as they would go on to score 21 points in the second period alone, the same amount the Riders scored in the first two combined.
In the second half the Riders offense were able to get going but at the other end of the court, they couldn’t find a way to halt that of Sevenoaks who would further extend their lead to 27 with one period left to play.
Any comeback for the Riders would have been momentous against the WBBL Champion Suns with just that one period left in the game. It though was not to be with the Suns running out convincing winners as they held the ball to run out the clock, the score line set at Riders 49, Suns 85.
After the game, Riders Head Coach, Jesper Sundberg was quick to offer his congratulations to the home side saying, “Congratulations to Sevenoaks for a good performance. They played well defensively and created baskets in transition. Now we prepare for the next one and work hard for a better result.”
The Riders Women now have a two-week gap after which they will travel to the Oaklands Wolves on October 20th, looking to put that first win on the board.