Brixton Topcats 74 (Nelson 20, Da Silva 19, Wade-Fray 12)
Cardiff Met Archers 56 (Fritz 19, Butters 13, Wagstaff 9)
Brixton Topcats start 2016 in perfect fashion by claiming their first league win of the season after defeating Cardiff Met Archers 74-56 in front of a well supported crowd at the Ruff House. England junior international Kyla Nelson netted five triples on her way to a game-high 20 points to lead the Topcats to victory – along with Vanessa Da Silva who racked up another super double-double with 19 points and 11 boards – as well as swatting four shots and adding 3 assists.
The home side set the tone early on, racing out of the blocks for a 10-2 start as Nelson and Amber Charles both scored from beyond the arc. Seven points from Kate Butters helped Cardiff close the gap, but they still trailed by five after the opening period.
The Topcats continued to build on their advantage in the second, and established a double digit lead going into half-time in front 37-25. It was Nelson who sparked the hosts by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers to take the lead to 17 points early in the third where the Topcats went into the final quarter with a comfortable cushion.
A 9-0 start to the fourth all but secured the victory for the Topcats with the visitors unable to cut the gap into single figures to give themselves a chance late on.
Head Coach Steve Vear was thrilled to see the teams hard work pay off with a victory.
“We have been asking a lot from the players to really want to improve and put in the extra work which today showed has been paying off. Everyone contributed in the win when it’s always nice to see the minutes spread out.”
Vear did also want to highlight some stand out players.
“Kyla Nelson and Vanessa Da Silva were both simply outstanding for us today on both ends of the floor as were also tasked with guarding (Judit) Fritz who had a hard time against us which was key. Something that won’t show up on the stat sheet is the defensive pressure applied by both Megan Haines and Brenda Kipewu – they both lead on the tempo we wanted to play in this game so this was so key in our performance today.”
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