Wolves vs Archers: Game Preview

Wolves go in search of their third straight WBBL victory when they host Cardiff Met Archers on Wednesday evening.


It's a key game for both teams' play-off hopes as they sit joint seventh in the table with four wins from 12 games, with the head-to-head decider at stake if the teams finish level at the end of the season.


Amari Carter's 13 points helped Wolves win 62-54 when the sides met in the Welsh capital at the beginning of March, and Lee Ryan's team also won on the road when the sides met in the WBBL Trophy as a strong second half saw them record a 61-52 victory.


Ryan expects another difficult game against Archers as his side aim for a season sweep: "Cardiff will be another tricky game, we have had two hard fought wins against them so far, they are tenacious and relentless so we cannot take anything for granted" he said.


The Wolves' coach also knows that the run-in during the final weeks of the regular season will bring man challenges: "Every game to the end of the season is going to be crucial" he said. "Looking at the standings it’s impossible to predict so we just have to focus on ourselves each game; something the team have been doing a great job of recently."


Coached by former Great Britain Olympian Steph Collins, the Archers are led by Mylee Ball's 15.1 points and seven rebounds per game, Cristina Bigica adds 14.3 points and 2.6 boards while Mara Marchizotti brings 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.


Amari Carter played limited minutes on her return from injury as Wolves beat Essex Rebels 57-52 on Saturday, and coach Lee Ryan will be hoping that she's able to continue her form that has seen her average 13.7 points and 4.2 rebounds this season. Greeta Uprus led Wolves on Saturday and is now averaging 12.8 points and 5.5 boards while Lauren Milligan's 7.8 boards leads the team and she now sits on the edge of the league's top ten for rebounding.

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