Caledonia Pride picked up their first win of the 19/20 campaign with a big 82-63 road win over Cardiff Met Archers. The result sees Pride sit fifth in the WBBL after two games.
Pride started strongly with a 12-point scoring streak. Ella Doherty (16 points) opened up the run with a layup 23 seconds into the game. Hannah Robb (12 points) and Hansine Marshall (6 assists) soon followed up with a couple of three-pointers.
Halfway through the first Doherty decided to go on a tear, racking up 10 points in quick succession, extending Pride’s lead to eight. Sian Phillips (12 points, 12 rebounds) ended the quarter on a high for Pride as she made two free throws after being fouled on a three-point shot. 16-24.
Jannike Marshall was fired up at the start of the second as she added another five points to Pride’s total. She nailed a three-pointer to extend the lead to 15 and also got fouled on a three-point shot, making 2/3 from the charity stripe.
Archers and Pride went back and forth in the period with Pride just edging ahead. Pride took advantage of Cardiff’s persistent fouling throughout the latter stages of the half as Phillips added four more points from the free throw line. Pride extended their advantage by a point, ending the half up by nine. 33-42.
Pride’s top scorer, Stella Fouraki (21 points, 17 rebounds), provided some clutch shots when Pride needed them to fall as Archers slashed the deficit to three early in the third following a three-pointer from Levi Warren.
Lightning offences from Fouraki, Robb and Pollyanna Storie (10 points), with an additional three-pointer made by Brooke Bailey, meant that Pride maintained a 10-point lead going into the fourth. 51-61.
Pride extended their lead by a further 10 points at the beginning of the final quarter. Both Phillips and Storie put in an offensive shift with Hansine Marshall providing the majority of assists.
Fouraki and Robb sealed the deal as they collected a total of 11 points between them in the final five minutes. An emphatic three-pointer from Robb rounded off the game and confirmed that Pride would return to Scotland with a dominant 19-point victory over Archers. 63-82.
Post-match, Head Coach Bart Sengers discussed a number of the positives for his squad’s performance:
“We were very happy with the win. It gave us a lot of energy and provided a big confidence boost for the team. A lot of the girls were in double digits, so it was a complete team effort.
It was a tough game, we had a great start with Ella Doherty having 14 points in the first quarter but we struggled a little bit in the second and third quarters. I didn’t feel like we were the better team, I thought they got the best of us. We finished the game strong as we wanted to make sure we got a decent win.
We had two players achieve double-doubles in points and rebounds, overall it was a good team performance and that’s what I’m most happy with.”