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VCARS.co.uk D1 Women round-up: Barking Abbey move into second

Monday, 04-Feb-2013

Barking Abbey have moved into second place after winning back-to-back games this weekend and with Loughborough losing to Team Northumbria in the VCARS.co.uk D1 Women's league.
 
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Shanice Norton scored 13 points as her Barking Abbey side beat Manchester Mystics 52-49 in their first of two home games this weekend.
 
Mystics led by five at the half but were held to only two points in the third quarter while Abbey rallied for 10 and took the lead.
 
They held on for the win despite Jamie Curtis leading all scorers with 15 Mystic points.
 
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Cup champions Sheffield Hatters were given one of their toughest tests of the season last weekend as a big fourth quarter enabled them to eventually pull away from Nottingham Wildcats with a 77-65 win.
 
Hatters have been averaging league wins well into double figures this season but on Saturday they actually trailed at the half and were tied heading into the final 10 minutes. Sheffield, however, put the pressure on in the fourth, outscoring Wildcats 30-18 for the win.
 
Lauren Thomas-Johnson and Steph Gandy had 21 points each for Sheffield while Nottingham were led by Iva Peklova (20), Taylor Alton (19) and EJ Ofomata (19).
 
It was Nottingham's first loss in four games.
 
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Ta';Yani Clark and Katrin Hulme combined for 47 points as Team Northumbria held off Loughborough Students Riders for a 73-70 win in the north east on Saturday.
 
Northumbria started well and took a 50-32 lead into the halftime break, but Riders stormed back in the third, outscoring the hosts 23-6, and it was 56-55 going into the last ten.
 
Team Northumbria did hang on for their fifth win.
 
MacKenzie Westcott and Jennie Rodgers had 17 each for coach Matt Harber and the Riders.
 
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After a slow start Cardiff Archers are slowly creeping back into the level people expect from them as their 56-50 win over Sevenoaks on Saturday was their fifth straight.
 
It was a big win for Archers, considering they lost 80-36 against the same club in November, and now they find themselves on a 5-2 record and less games played than anyone in the league.
 
Kate Butters had 17 to lead all scorers for Cardiff while Suns were led by Kaitlyn Lewis' 16 points. Suns are now on the wrong end of a 4-7 record.
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A 65-57 win for Barking Abbey over Team Northumbria on Sunday sees them move up to 7-1 in the table and two points behind leaders Hatters.
 
British Olympian Azania Stewart made her debut official on Sunday, scoring 19 points for coach Mark Clark, as Abbey have now won five straight.
 
Northumbria couldn't get their third straight win, but at 5-6 they still have a decent shot at the post-season. Ta'Yani Clark had 21 points for her team.
 
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Greta Luksyte went off for 32 points in Leeds Carnegie's 96-55 thumping of Newham Stars on Sunday as the West Yorkshire club move into a tie for third with Loughborough.
 
The winless Stars were punished from the tip as they were down 31-9 at the end of 10 minutes and by halftime it was all Leeds (leading 52-22).
 
Janice Monakana was bright spark for NASSA with 20 points, but with their 0-9 record all Stars can realistically hope for now is to pick up a win or two.

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