On Sunday night, the Nottingham Wildcats were pitted against Scotland’s Caledonia Pride in front of record crowds. After five attempts to win the final over three seasons, Nottingham took the win in their sixth final game to date, in a spectacular show for women’s basketball in Britain.

From the outset the game was closely fought by both sides, with the very first quarter finishing with a measly one point lead to the Wildcats.

Caledonia Pride came back from a 10 point deficit with a 7 point run to make the score 20-19 by the end of the quarter, but it was not quite the push they needed.

Ashley Harris, who was awarded MVP (most valuable player), exploded in the second quarter with a game-high 13 points for the Wildcats, leading Nottingham into the end of the first half in the lead.

Going into the third quarter with a score of 39-33 to Nottingham, Caledonia prevented the Wildcats from getting a field goal during the initial 3 minutes and 45 seconds, as the Scots went on a 7-1 run to equalise at 40-40.

Despite aggressive defence from the Scottish side, Harris pushed harder and the Wildcats finished the third quarter with another lead, the score 50-48.

Lana Doran rose for a huge block against Caledonia Pride and Siobhan Prior put the Wildcats back in the lead with just six minutes to play.

“It was reported that a total of 6000 were there for our game, and a lot of those were people who had never seen a basketball game before, which is fantastic for the sport.

Harris finished with a game-high of 19 points for Nottingham, paving the way to victory as the final score stood at 70-66 to the Wildcats.

The Wildcats took flight and took the win on Sunday night

With a record audience of almost 6000 buzzing fans, Nottingham Wildcat’s Guard, Siobhan Prior, expressed how she is hopeful for the future of basketball in Britain.

She said: “The game was a competitive one and a good advert for the women’s game in this country.

“It was reported that a total of 6000 were there for our game, and a lot of those were people who had never seen a basketball game before, which is fantastic for the sport.

“Hopefully they were hooked and continue to support the game.”

Prior has also been selected for the provisional team in the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia.

This year’s Commonwealth games are hugely important for British basketball, as it is the first year since 2006 that England and Scotland’s basketball teams have been awarded the chance to play.

Prior said: “It’s exciting to be in the squad for the Commonwealth Games.

“If I make the final team, it will be the highest level of competition I will have played in so it will mean the world to me.

“Playing for my country is hugely important to me and brings an immense sense of pride. So being able to do that on the world stage would be incredible.”