Nottingham Wildcats won only their second WBBL match of the season at the weekend as they came from behind to beat Caledonia Pride in a thrilling encounter in Scotland on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats eventually won 82-76 but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when they took full control after trailing right up until late on in the final stages.
Caledonia managed to maintain a sustainable lead throughout the first two periods of the game, and even extended to as many as 13 points by the time the third period had ended. However, it was just after the fourth period had tipped that a Nottingham comeback appeared imminent, with the Wildcats cutting the lead to just three in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter.
Pride managed to reply, propping the lead back up to eight points, but Nottingham mounted the pressure and knocked down six unanswered points, now trailing the Pride by just two. The heat was on the home team, and Caledonia started to struggle, missing out on a crucial 9-0 run that likely would’ve handed them the game.
Laken James managed to drop a two-point lay-in to give Pride a narrow three point lead with just over two minutes remaining, but that wasn’t enough to hold off a determined Wildcats side, as Kennedy Nicholas, who picked up a double-double of 10 points and 20 rebounds, nailed a turn around jump shot to put Nottingham behind by just one point abefore crucially throwing up two consecutive blocks to deny Caledonia a chance for comeback, which finally set up the Wildcats to go on a 8-0 run to seal a terrific away victory for Kenrick Liburd’s travelling side.
Special mentions to Brooklyn Pannell who netted 32 of the Wildcats points in a stunning performance with five assists and fourteen points for fellow American Shaunay Edmonds.
The win takes Nottingham to ninth in the WBBL table with a home match against Gloucester City Queens next up on Saturday.
*Main image @HoopsfixWomen Brooklyn Pannell was in outstanding form for the Wildcats.