The Nottingham Wildcats look to bounce back from defeat to the Sevenoaks Suns and snap their six-game losing streak when they visit Cardiff Met Archers this Saturday.
The Wildcats lost 80-70 to the Suns last Sunday, extending a winless sequence in the Women’s British Basketball League that stretches back to October.
Cardiff Met are coming off a loss themselves, losing 91-82 to the Sheffield Hatters, and also find themselves on an even worse slide, as they have lost all five of their last fixtures with their last win coming in October.
“We’ve just been going over some defensive stuff,” said guard, Kayla Shaw.
“They’ve got a lot of good players and play well together.
“The main focus is still on ourselves. We’re focused on our offence and how we’re going to be in transition.
“We know it’s a winnable game if we play well, so it’s exciting”
Next up for our WBBL side, another home game as they take on @NottmWildcats!
🆚 Nottingham Wildcats
🗓️ Sat, 21st Jan
⏰ 3.15pm tip
📍 Archers Arena
🏆 @WBBLofficial Championship
— Cardiff Met Archers (@ArchersBasket) January 17, 2023
The two teams split their regular season series last year one game apiece, with the Archers being victorious in their most recent clash in April as they won a close game 81-73.
However, it was the Wildcats who comfortably beat the Archers in the quarter-finals of the trophy competition last year, coasting to a 117-82 victory.
Lauren Saiki is the danger woman for the Archers as she leads the team in points, assists and steals, so the Wildcats will be looking to limit her output this weekend.
For the Archers, they will be looking to slow down leading scorers Kennedy Nichols (16.7ppg) and Kayla Shaw (16ppg).
With the Wildcats looking to push away from their current position of ninth in the WBBL, the trip is crucial against a side only one win away in the table.
When important momentum is on the line at this stage of the season, the importance of the match cannot be understated and there should be plenty of eyes on events at the Archers Arena.