Brixton Topcats 53 (Wade-Fray 18, Da Silva 12, Okwuosa 5)
Barking Abbey Crusaders 61 (Goryanova/Wilkinson/Willis 11)
Barking Abbey Crusaders held off a spirited challenge from Brixton Topcats to claim a 61-53 victory away from home, on Sunday. The Crusaders pulled away in the second half and twice withheld late rallies from the home side to move joint third alongside Sevenoaks Suns on a 2-1 record.
Three players top scored with 11 points as Savannah Wilkinson also collected eight rebounds, Diana Naydenova-Goryanova dished out six assists and added four boards, while Zoe Willis shot 3-of-4 from 3-point range in an impactful 13-minute display from the bench.
There was nothing to split the two sides in the early stages with just five field goals between them in a defensively-minded opening quarter. The game was still tied at 13 in the second before the visitors scored seven points in a row to give them the edge at half-time
Barking Abbey came out firing in the second half and opened up a double-digit advantage thanks to eight straight points from Willis to cap a 14-2 run. The Topcats continued to battle away and closed the third period with the final eight points to cut the gap to six points.
Another strong start for the Crusaders saw them move ahead by 16 points on another triple from Willis midway through the final quarter. Brixton again managed to close within six, but had too much to do as their late rally fell short.
Jenaya Wade-Fray led the Topcats with a game-high of 18 points, while Vanessa Da Silva posted a big double-double after grabbing 16 rebounds along with her 12 points as the Topcats suffer their second league loss.
The WBBL outfit take on Leicester Riders on Sunday 15th November, 2pm tip at the #RuffHouse.