The Sevenoaks Suns continued their impressive form to win all five games in a week, keeping their 100% win record in tact. Sevenoaks’ captain, Cat Carr, was the driving force for the team as they head into the business end of the season.
With just six more games to play in the WBBL Championship, it’s all to play for as Leicester Riders and London Lions are hot on the Suns’ heels. In fact, Sevenoaks will have a tricky few days as they face Leicester twice in four days, starting with a home fixture on Wednesday 21st April before heading north to Leicester on Sunday 25th April.
Win those two games and surely the title will be coming home once again. You can read all the match reports from the last week below.
WBBL Championship (as of 11/04/21)
|4||Manchester Met Mystics||15||8||7||16|
|9||Cardiff Met Archers||15||4||11||8|
WBBL Championship (April 11): Cardiff Met Archers 49 Sevenoaks Suns 77
The Sevenoaks Suns picked up a victory in the final game of the day on Sunday, as they comfortably beat the Cardiff Met Archers to remain the only team in the WBBL to have a flawless record in the Championship, and extend their stay at the summit of the standings.
Cat Carr put in an incredible triple-double for the Suns, scoring 25 points, going 76% from the field, and grabbing ten rebounds as well as setting up her teammates for a bucket on ten occasions as she continues to show everyone why she is a serious candidate for the season MVP, while Janice Monakana scored 15 off the bench in another impressive performance.
WBBL Championship (April 10): Sevenoaks Suns 73 Caledonia Pride 48
Sevenoaks Suns went top of the WBBL Championship on Saturday. The Suns won their third game in four days with a convincing victory over Caledonia Pride, whilst Durham and Manchester edged thrillers against Newcastle Eagles and Essex Rebels respectively.
The Suns tipped off knowing a win would tie them on points at the top with London Lions and Leicester Riders, and made a strong start as they held Pride to only eight first quarter points as they looked to find their rhythm on the offensive end.
Sevenoaks really found their form in the third quarter as they looked to put the game to bed and afford their star players some rest after a hectic week, and led by Catherine Carr’s monster double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds fired themselves to the Championship summit.
The result sees the Suns go a perfect 13-0 as the games continue to come thick and fast, however crucially they do have games in hand over their Championship rivals as we reach the final weeks of the season.
WBBL Championship (April 8): Oaklands Wolves 60 Sevenoaks Suns 70
Sevenoaks Suns kept up their perfect run for the season and moved within two points of the top of the WBBL Championship with a convincing win over Oaklands Wolves on Thursday.
The result sees the Suns close the gap to London Lions and Leicester Riders at the top, with two games in hand over the league leaders as they maintained the Championship’s only unbeaten record.
Fresh from Wednesday’s commanding win over Cardiff Met Archers, there were no signs of fatigue for the Suns who flew out the gates in the first quarter, and went on a 13-0 run before the Wolves could get a score on the board.
Catherine Carr continued her fine form after nearly scoring a double-double in Wednesday’s game, as she scored 11 of the Suns’ 19 first quarter points.
Oaklands improved in the second period, however the Suns’ relentless work on offensive rebounds helped them take a sizeable lead into halftime.
The Suns looked to put the game to bed early in the third and again held their opponents to only six points for the quarter as they fired their way into a 25 point lead.
Oaklands were looking to keep up their push for the Playoffs after winning their last two on the bounce and erupted for 32 points in the fourth quarter, however could not bridge the gap to the significant Suns lead.
Carr led all scorers with 24 points for the ball game to go with seven rebounds whilst Melita Emmanuel-Carr continued her comeback from injury with a team high 11 points for Oaklands.
WBBL Championship (April 7): Sevenoaks Suns 74 Cardiff Met Archers 47
Sevenoaks Suns guard Ta’yani Clark reached her 1000th WBBL Championship points on April 7th as the Suns secured a victory to continue their form in the top half of the table.
The Suns were the first team to tip off on the day as they hosted the Cardiff Met Archers, and the Sevenoaks based team remained undefeated as they blitzed the visitors in the first half, racing into a 25-point lead at half-time as captain Cat Carr had already achieved a double-double not more than 12 minutes into the game.
Lavinia Da Silva, Renee Busch and Millie Stevens all contributed more than ten points each for the Suns, who remained in control throughout the game as they shot over 50% as a team from the field.
WBBL Championship (April 4): London Lions 84 Sevenoaks Suns 91
Sevenoaks Suns overcame a spirited London Lions as they maintained their perfect WBBL Championship record. It was tight throughout with Lions leading after the first quarter and at half-time. Suns responded well in the second half and a 23-point third quarter followed by a 25-point final quarter saw them win by seven in a close fought game.
Sevenoaks TaYani Clark was the standout performer with a game-high 22 points whilst Cassie Breen led the scoring charts for Lions with 21 points.
The loss was only the Lions second this season with both being at the hands of Suns. For the hosts, they have now won 10 out of 10 this season as they stay in third place, having played less games than the teams around them.
Remaining WBBL Championship fixtures
Manchester Mystics v Sevenoaks Suns
Sevenoaks Suns v Nottingham Wildcats
Essex Rebels v Sevenoaks Suns
Sevenoaks Suns v Leicester Riders
Leicester Riders v Sevenoaks Suns
Caledonia Pride v Sevenoaks Suns