The WBBL side travel four hours to Durham to face the Palatinates on Saturday afternoon.
Wolves had a rough last few weeks, losing a number of games and picking up more injuries. But with play offs still firmly on the teams mind, Oaklands will make the long journey motivated to win.
Durham sit bottom of the table, having lost all of their seven games this season. The game is important for Lee Ryan’s side if they want to make a run for the playoffs.
Despite their recent results, Wolves have continued to improve on both ends of the floor. In their last game against Manchester Met Mystics, the side did a notably good job of taking their time and moving the ball on offence.
Palatinates are led by the pairing of forwards Kara Elderkin and Claire Paxton. Elderkin averages a near double-double with 16.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, while Paxton puts up 12.9 points and 8.7 rebounds.
Durham are second in the league in least amount of rebounds per game, meaning Oaklands should look to crash the boards.
Speaking to Ryan, he said: “We will have Lizzy Harrison back on restricted minutes which is a big boost to the team and program as a whole.
“However, we are without Merissa Quick and Amari Carter for the trip to Durham.
“We are suffering from not having our court to practice regularly, it’s obviously just a consequence of the pandemic but that and the injuries are really challenging the teams character.
“We are still fighting and working hard, but we need to improve our execution and composure to give ourselves the chance of the win this weekend.
“Every game is important for the playoff race, so we just take it game by game and try to win every-time we step on court.”
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