The WBBL side suffers an unfortunate 86-66 loss to BA London Lions on Saturday.
The game began with Lions playing high pressure defence, forcing Wolves into a number of turnovers. The BA defence led to easy scores down the other end, seeing the team jump out to an early 10 point lead.
However, Oaklands closed the gap with their persistent play as the first quarter ended 22-15.
Guard Amari Carter tried to play through an on going injury but couldn’t, seeing her miss the rest of the game.
Lions continued to play strong defence, as well as move the ball to find good shots to extend their lead. Wolves went on a 9-0 run to close out the first half, reducing the deficit once again.
Based on their last matchup, Lee Ryan’s team became more patient and disciplined against the intense BA. Oaklands continued their run after the half, cutting the lead to 3 points through improved defence and finding open teammates.
The home side regrouped and went on a run of their own, ending the third quarter 62-49. Wolves tried to get back in the game but Lions proved to be too much as they closed the game out 86-66.
Despite the loss, the efforts of the team show their improvements and their ability to compete with the best. Greeta Uprus led Oaklands with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Louise Rouse and Beth Sarson chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Shanice Beckford-Norton netted 24 points for BA, alongside Paige Robinson with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Kennedy Leonard also had a near triple-double with 11 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds.
Wolves will look to build on the result as they travel to Manchester Met Mystics on Wednesday.
The game is winnable for Ryan’s side, with the Mystics having won just one more game this season.
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