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Wolves Fall to Riders

Wolves couldn't build on a strong first half as they went down 71-48 at WBBL high-flyers Leicester Riders on Saturday.

Lee Ryan's team matched the WBBL Cup finalists during the first 20 minutes before a strong start to the third period paved the way for the home team to collect the win.

Greeta Uprus led Wolves for the second successive week, adding five rebounds to her 11 points, with Louise Rouse missing a double-double by a rebound, finishing with ten points. Amari Carter also had ten points while Dorka Boros added five boards to her nine points.

Holly Winterburn and Sara Hinriksdottir each finished with 15 points for Riders, adding five and four rebounds respectively.

Rouse opened the scoring for Wolves and the visitors led throughout the opening stages as Uprus put them 10-5 ahead with a jump shot after five and half minutes. The hosts replied with a 6-0 run capped by Chritina Gaskin's lay-up.

Carter stopped the run with a pair of free-throws only for Ella Clark - who has played for England at both basketball and netball - to hit a trey, and the home side went into the first break 17-14 ahead.

A drive to the basket from Carter saw Wolves open the second period scoring and Lauren Milligan tied the game at the foul line, hitting three-from-four to level things at both 17 and 22. Boros gave Wolves their first lead of the quarter at the two minute mark and Milligan put them ahead with a minute on the clock before Robb gave Riders a 29-28 lead.

Robb hit a triple to open the second half and although Uprus hit a pair at the foul line that was as close as Wolves came in the rest of the game, and despite Beth Sarson and Carter scoring treys to keep the visitors in touch, Riders went into the final break 49-41 ahead.

Carter's and-one kept the deficit at seven with three minutes of the fourth period gone and Uprus also made it a seven points game with five minutes remaining before Riders finished strongly.

Ryan's team return to action on Wednesday February 10th when Barking Abbey are the visitors.

Wolves men saw their home game against Loughborough postponed due to Covid-19 protocols. Their next scheduled game is on Sunday February 14th.

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