Preview: Pride v Wildcats

October 12, 2019

DETAILS

Caledonia Pride v Nottingham Wildcats

WBBL Championship

Sunday 13th October, 16:30 tip

Pleasance Sports Complex, University of Edinburgh

INTRO

Caledonia Pride welcome Nottingham Wildcats to Pleasance Sports Complex on Sunday for the first game of the 2019/20 WBBL Championship.

This will be the second consecutive week the teams have met, with Wildcats coming out on top 76-53 in the WBBL Cup last weekend.

THE OPPOSITION: NOTTINGHAM WILDCATS

Nottingham have had a successful start to the season so far, starting the season with a record of 3-0. Wins over Manchester Mystics (69-53) and BA London Lions (70-53) in the WBBL Trophy two weeks ago were followed up by last weekend’s WBBL Cup win v Pride.

Wildcats have boasted a lot of success over their five years in the WBBL, including back-to-back WBBL Championships in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The club also picked up the WBBL Cup in 2017/18.

Jasmine Joyner is arguably Wildcats’ biggest threat, having averaged 21.6 points and 14.3 rebounds per game so far this season. Their roster also contains Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Siobhan Prior.

TEAM NEWS

Maela Faleu is recovering well however is still expected to be sidelined for the next few weeks. Jenni Torrance also misses out due to injury whilst both Brooke Bailey and Pollyanna Storie face late fitness tests ahead of Sunday’s game.

COACH’S THOUGHTS

Bart Sengers is hoping to see some improvements on some areas the coaching staff identified after last weekend’s defeat:

“We are looking forward to playing Nottingham again. In our last game we had some good spells and we want to build on that. We are focussed on improving ourselves every day and game and we have worked on some improvements. I am curious to see if we can apply them on Sunday which would allow us to then take the next step forward on Monday. It is a process with this young team but we already see a lot of development in many ways. It is exciting to be part of this and I believe the girls are capable of a lot.”

HOW TO WATCH

Tickets for the game can still be purchased here for supporters wishing to head along to Pleasance and support the team.

Those unable to make it can watch the game live via Pride’s social channels or follow along via the live stats here.