Shumpert and Joyner put Mystics to the Sword
Three of the four WBBL Cup semi-finalists are now known, with just one place from the North Group still up for grabs on Sunday, as Cardiff Met Archers and Nottingham Wildcats booked their places.
The Northern Group saw Jasmine Joyner (37) and Chelsey Shumpert (29) combine for an amazing 66 points as Nottingham Wildcats beat Manchester Mystics 101-75 on the road.
Wildcats put on an offensive clinic in the middle two quarters, as Joyner had 24 of her points in just 18 first half minutes. Trailing heading into the last three minutes of the second, Joyner scored eight points in a flash during a 10-2 finish to the period that put Wildcats up for good at 51-45, having scored 30 points in the quarter.
Shumpert added nine points in the third frame – during which Nottingham hit another 25 – and the lead was through double-digits at 67-54 on her three-pointer, with no way back for Mystics as it only grew late on when Joyner and Shumpert combined for 17 fourth quarter points.