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Summer Showcase – week 5 preview

The biggest game-week of the WEABL Summer Showcase so far takes place this week, with six games coming in the fifth round of action.

The teams will be fresh and raring to go after a short break following the end of week 4.

Results and top scorers from previous weeks can be seen on the score ticker at the top of this page.

North Pool

Nottingham Academy Wildcats v Manchester Mystics Academy

This game has now been postponed.

Charnwood College Riders v The Sheffield College

Sheffield went into the mid-season break on a high after a narrow win over James Watt got their season up and running.

Abbey Whitehouse was the hero for her side with a 30-point game the difference in a three-point affair.

Charnwood, meanwhile, come into the tie on the back of a heavy defeat to Wildcats and will be looking to put in an improved performance.

James Watt College-BMet v Derby Trailblazers Academy

James Watt opened their Summer Showcase account with a defeat to struggling Sheffield in week 4, and face a tough challenge in week 5’s opponents, Derby.

Trailblazers are making their first appearance since week 2, where they were able to see off the Sheffield side that put James Watt to the sword.

Megan Lovett and Natasha Barker topped Derby’s scoring charts on that day (15) and will have to be kept quiet if James Watt are to earn a first win.

South Pool

Itchen College v Barking Abbey

Itchen will want to build on week 4’s W over Oaklands, which leaves them with a 3-1 record as we return to the action. Erin Caldwell’s 32 points last time out makes her the one to watch for the visitors.

Barking have had to bide their time for a return to the floor with a break since week 3’s win over JMA, with Ines Goryanova no doubt looking to build on her 36 points and impress once more.

Copleston High School v John Madejski Academy

All teams have enjoyed a fair break since their last appearances, none more so than Copleston who are in action for the first time since their opening round defeat to Itchen.

JMA are also hoping to bounce back after a third-round loss at the hands of Barking, who were kept in the battle by a solid 20 points from Sitota Gines Espinosa.

Copleston High School v Oaklands College

Copleston also face the challenge of Oaklands in the return to action, who themselves are searching for a change in fortunes following their Itchen defeat.

If Louise Rouse posts anything near her 35 points haul this time around, it should be a different story for Oaklands in week 5.