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WEABL Week 1 & 2 Round Up

The opening fortnight of the WEABL is in the books for the 2018/19 season, so let’s take a look back at the two game days so far and round up the action.

Read on to find out more about the early play of the top women’s academies:

 

Northern Conference

A quiet start to the smaller Northern Conference sees only one game having taken place so far, following a Week 2 postponement between Myerscough College and Nottingham Academy Wildcats.

The Week 1 match-up that served as the Northern Conference season opener was last season’s national runners-up Charnwood College making the short trip to face Nottingham. The visiting Riders ran out 33-80 winners over the Wildcats, behind 19 points from Holly Winterburn. Megan Jones added 12 points for Charnwood, while Nottingham were led by 17 points from Shaniya Rose-McDonal.

 

Southern Conference

Week 1 in the South saw WEABL debutants Itchen College take to the floor for the first time, as they travelled to John Madejski Academy. JMA won the contest 64-44, behind 14 points from Carmen Segura Moreno. Heather Johnstone had 10 for Itchen, supported by nine points from Caitlin Collier. Paula Romero Tarrega also got her season off to a good start, dropping 10 points, including a tough and-one to top the WEABL Top 10 Plays for Week 1.

Meanwhile, over in East London, Copleston High School made the trip to face reigning national champions Barking Abbey. Copleston were able to knock off the champs with 53-61 victory. An impressive team performance from the Ipswich Basketball Academy included a 21 point and 13 rebound effort from Cameron Taylor-Willis as she earned Player of the Week honours.

 

Getting into Week 2 action, Barking Abbey improved to 1-1 as they hosted newcomers Itchen College. A 10-0 start for the home side built a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, as Itchen went down 103-38 to drop to 0-2. Loren Christie led all scorers with 24 points, as Precious Adediran added 17, supported by Jolicia Cadogan and Macy Spinks who had 16 and 13, respectively. Luisa San Juan led the Itchen attack as she made four three-pointers en route to 16 points.

Finally, Copleston were able to improve to 2-0 in Southern Conference play as they defeated Oaklands College 92-52 in Week 2. Esther Little and Cameron Taylor-Willis led Copleston with 25 and 24, respectively, while Charlotte Redhead added 13 points. Sami Brown led the way for the visitors with 13 points.

 

That wraps up the WEABL so far this season, after two weeks of exciting action. Another three-game slate is scheduled for Week 3 of conference play, so check back later for another Weekly Round Up!