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Week 12 Preview – WEABL

Luke Simcock

It’s a busy week in the WEABL as no less than five games are slated to take place tomorrow. With both division leaders in action, there’s plenty to look forward to.

Myerscough College (0-6) v Charnwood College (7-0)

Winless Myerscough will attempt to bounce back from last week’s 89-45 loss to Sheffield as they take on unbeaten Conference leaders Charnwood tomorrow.

It’s a tall order for the basement side who may struggle to keep up with the Riders’ strength in depth. These two teams are also yet to meet this season, with the previous match up this year going down as a 20-0 forfeit to Charnwood.

One bright spot for Myerscough is Celina Eisenhardt, who currently averages 22.3ppg. That’s good for the 3rd best rate in the WEABL this year.

Nottingham Academy Wildcats  (3-2) v Manchester Mystics Academy (2-1)

Both these sides were unfortunate not to play more games before the mid-season break, but both are now raring to go in 2020 to make a push towards the post season.

Nottingham currently sit in 3rd place, with Manchester just a single win behind in 4th, so there’s plenty riding on tomorrow’s game.

Maisie Evison has impressed for Nottingham this season, averaging 17.0ppg so far. Look for Manchester to counter with the scoring ability of Jade Mbam (13.3ppg), amongst others.

Barking Abbey (3-3) v Copleston High School (5-1)

Barking are experiencing an unusual down season, with their record resting at .500 as they host Copleston tomorrow.

Ella Pearson has been enjoying a great WEABL season so far, with a 27.0 efficiency rating and 23.5 points per game, both those stats good for 2nd best in the league. Between Pearson, Cameron Taylor-Willis and a returning Esther Little, Copleston are going to be a tough match up for anyone in 2020.

Tamara Fornillier-Onadeko will provide a test for the visitors’ defences in reply, she’s been a bright spot for Barking in 2019. She’d no doubt like to keep her good form going now the mid-season break is behind us, but that might be difficult against a team that has already beaten BA once this year.

Itchen College (0-4) v John Madejski Academy (5-0)

Southern Conference leaders take on joint bottom side Itchen tomorrow in what is likely to be a somewhat uneven affair.

The Rockets have already beaten the South coast side 74-37 back in mid-October, with JMA going on to secure a pair of wins since that game.

Both Sitota Gines Espinosa (15.2ppg) and Carmen Segura Moreno (14.4ppg) have shown themselves to be solid producers in the WEABL this season, and the duo may be tough to slow down for Itchen tomorrow.

Oaklands College (0-5) v City of London Academy (3-3)

Oaklands College will go searching for their first win of the season as the take on a City of London side struggling with injuries.

GB players Isi Ozzy-Momodu and Ameilia Sandie both missed last week’s 55-50 loss against Copleston, and it remains unknown how long the duo will be out for at this stage.

That said, CoLA should still have enough about them to see off the Wolves tomorrow, though Louise Rouse (7th best 16.4ppg in WEABL play) will need to be watched closely.