The Sevenoaks Suns have finished the season with a dominant second half performance defeating the Nottingham Wildcats 70-61 to clinch the WBBL play-off final, completing a season double.
Len Busch’s side were down 12 points in the first half, but dominant third and fourth periods set the platform to complete the double, after the Suns success in the WBBL Trophy in March.
Cat Carr was hugely influential for the Suns and finished with 20 points, a Play-Off Final record 14 rebounds as well as six assists in the win. Gabby Niktinaite had 15 points with Ta’Yani Clark adding 14 points with a big performance at both ends for her side. The Wildcats built their largest lead of the game at 30-18 in the first half, but the Suns responded with an 8-0 run to cut the gap.
The turning point came in the third period as the Suns stepped it up on defence; forcing multiple turnovers as they held their opponents to just two points in the quarter. Clark put the Suns ahead at 46-44 and they scored the final eight points on the period to lead 52-44.
Anne Pedersen made it a 10-point game with the first points of the fourth period before the league champions hit back with a 7-0 run. Carr had huge back-to-back baskets before finding Pedersen inside as the Dane made it 63-51 and Sevenoaks were able to hold on to seal the win and start their celebrations.
Final result and top scorers
Sevenoaks Suns 70 (Carr 20, Niktinaite 15, Clark 15
Nottingham Wildcats 61 (Harris 16, Ferreira 13, Prior 11)