Manchester Mystics 67 (Thomas-Johnson 24, Matejcikova 13, Browne 10)
Brixton Topcats 78 (Wade-Fray 30, Nelson 11, Charles 10)
GB international Jenaya Wade-Fray, and Brixton Topcats were irrepressible in the third quarter as they came from behind to beat Manchester Mystics 78-67, on the road.
Mystics got off to a good start with their own GB international, Lauren Thomas-Johnson, hitting 11 first quarter points, including two three-pointers in a 13-4 start. Mystics’ lead reached double-figures at 24-14, but they couldn’t shake off their visitors.
Kyla Nelson initially sparked the Topcats, with scores just before half time to narrow the gap to 38-30. But it was after the break that the visitors came to life. Wade-Fray hit a triple as Topcats scored the first nine points of the third period, holding their hosts scoreless for three minutes; and that surge extended to 16-2, with Wade-Fray scoring ten of those. She was causing Mystics all sorts of problems, and when she hit three free-throws after being fouled while shooting from long range, the score was out to 55-46 heading into the final ten minutes.
Topcats then added eight of the first nine points of the fourth quarter to lead 63-47, and the game was quickly out of reach for the hosts, with Paige Robinson and Chyna Sawyers taking over for Brixton.
Wade-Fray finished with 30 points, equalling the highest individual tally of any player in a game this season, and she added eight rebounds, seven assists and 5 steals. It was Brixton’s second big double-digit win on the bounce as they look to climb the WBBL Championship table after opening with six defeats.
Head Coach Steve Vear was happy to get two consecutive wins for his side as they look to continue to climb the table in the latter part of the season.
“I wasn’t happy with our defence or shot selection in the first half. We made some adjustments at the half where the players responded which is all you can ask for. I don’t usually like to single out just one player but Jenaya (Wade-Fray) was simple incredible. She got going in the 3rd quarter and it lifted us . She is our leader and showed again why she is one of the best players in the WBBL.”
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The Topcats will be back in action at Brixton Recreation Centre on Sunday 31st January against Sevenoaks Suns with a 2pm tip off.