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Wolves Take the Win over Mystics

Wolves coach Lee Ryan had praise for his team after they kept their play-off hopes alive with an 81-71 home victory against high-flying Manchester Mystics, on Sunday.

"It was an excellent win for the team today" he said. "We needed a reset as a team and we got it. The players were focused throughout and applied the game plan to perfection.

"We saw today glimpses of what having Quick and Carter on the floor together can do for our team. If we play with this energy, belief and quality we control our destiny."

Greeta Uprus led Wolves with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Lauren Milligan had a big 13 point, 14 rebound double-double, adding five assists. Merissa Quick finished with 14 points in just 15 minutes, with Amari Carter adding 13 points and Lizzy Harrison 11 points. Georgia Jones led Mystics with a 27 rebound, ten rebound double-double.

Carter opened the first period scoring but Wolves trailed for most of the first five minutes before Harrison's triple put them 12-10 ahead before Mystics closed out the quarter strongly as GB international Jones hit a trey to send her side into the opening break leading 20-16.

Jones stretched the lead to nine points with a trey early in the second period, but threes from Quick and Beth Sarson kept Wolves in touch, and six straight Jocie Leavold points gave the hosts the lead at the midway stage, and Harrison sent Wolves into the locker room leading 44-39.

A trey from Uprus followed by Carter's jump shot saw Wolves take the lead out to ten early in the second half. The Wolves never trailed in the rest of the game as Quick's jumper followed by Uprus' free-throw saw the home side go into the final break leading 64-56.

Quick made it a ten point game with the opening score of the fourth period and Dorka Boros completed a three-point play to keep the hosts ahead by eight heading into the final three points.

Jones brought her side within six points with 2:40 on the clock, but Harrison hit three from four at the foul line before Milligan and Uprus iced the win from the charity stripe.

The Wolves are back in action at the end of the week with three games in a row. They host Cardiff Met Archers, Durham Palatinates and Caledonia Pride in a stretch that will decide their playoff fortunes.

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