Nottingham Wildcats beat Manchester Met Mystics today to go into Sunday’s match against Leicester Riders with fourth spot very much in sight.
The Wildcats go fifth and are now 7 & 6 for the WBBL Championship season after thirteen games played and the 72-61 win over Manchester takes them above their rivals in the Playoff picture with the Mystics currently 7 & 7 but Nottingham next face top of the table Leicester Riders who are a mightily impressive 12 & 1. A difficult task ahead.
Tonight’s performance at the Wildcats Arena was impressive, to win by eleven points in a game that the hosts were at one stage 5 down after the first quarter.
A second period rally of 20 points scored and just three conceded gave the Wildcats a 35-21 lead that they almost blew in a third Q that belonged to Manchester (resulting in a three point ball game at 50-47), a convincing fourth however took the game away from the visitors and Nottingham now go into the weekends clash against the leagues best team with a ‘W’ under their belt, which will surely be a good thing for confidence.
Stand outs included Chelsey Shumpert who scored 29 of the Wildcats points with 7 assists whilst Moa Lundqvist topped the rebounds with eight, also scoring 11 as Simone Costa weighed in with 15 on a good day at the office for Nottingham, next up Leicester and the derby in what will be a cracking tie but toughest of tests for Kenrick Liburd’s girls.
*Main image @NottmWildcats Chelsey Shumpert was again in tremendous form.