Caledonia Pride continue their road trip today as they travel further south to take on Nottingham Wildcats after yesterday’s battling performance against Manchester Mystics.
THE OPPOSITION: Nottingham
Wildcats are currently sat at sixth place in the Championship table with a 9-5 win/loss record.
They picked up a 58-75 victory against Pride in their first game of the season. They have also secured arguably the most shocking win of the season, 77-68 as they ended Sevenoaks Suns’ 34-0 WBBL Championship winning streak at the end of November.
Jasmine Joyner has proven to be a dominant force in the league since joining Wildcats in 2018. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate was ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division I in her blocks for three out of her four years at university. She was also named the All-SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. She’s currently averaging 20.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game this season.
Chelsey Shumpert is another University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate picked up by Wildcats. The 5’5” point guard led her college side to three Southern Conference Championships and was also named in the first team All-Conference twice. Her current averages consist of 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Simone Costa, who played internationally for Portugal’s age-group teams, signed for Wildcats this season. The University of Georgia graduate proved to be an effective free throw shooter for her college team, finishing up her college career with an 84% shooting percentage from the line. Her averages currently stand at 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game with her free throw percentage at 82.1%.
There are no fresh injury concerns after yesterday’s game, meaning Eabha Kerr, Jenni Torrance and Eva Morrison miss out.
Head Coach Bart Sengers is hoping to see the improvements his team has made over the season displayed in the third meeting between the sides:
“Nottingham are another one of those teams that have a physical advantage over us but the last time we played them in Nottingham we stayed in it for most of the game. We will look to see if we have improved our play against them. Our focus will be on recognising what they are trying to do and then apply the agreed defensive coverage. It will also be a great test of our mental and physical strength, it being a second physical game in the weekend. We are ready for the challenge”
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