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The London Lions eased past Nottingham Wildcats 113-56 to hand them their second consecutive defeat of the season.

Despite six Lions players in double-figure scoring, guard Holly Winterburn proved the most prolific, finishing with 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and a block to complete a superb MVP performance.

Lions got off to a roaring start with a burst from Winterburn, who knocked down a three-point shot from the top of the arc before denying the Wildcats at the rim with a defying block.

Nottingham’s Brae Ashton and Mari Stewart responded with three-point efforts of their own.

After that, it was London that dominated the quarter. As well as lockdown defence from Chantel Charles and Taylor Murray, a collection of midrange conversions by Azania Stewart helped the Lions on their way to 21 consecutive points marking an emphatic scoring quarter.

Relentless scoring from the league leaders persisted in the second quarter, with the Lions going head by 40 at the midway point.

The visiting Wildcats responded in the third quarter, Kennedy Nicholas draining a pair of baskets to get back at a domineering Lions side.

Starting to edge from the basket, the Lions accumulated five three-pointers to pull away further from the Wildcats, including a buzzer-beater courtesy of Kennedy Leonard.

The final period saw Nicholas begin to convert on the attacking end, responsible for the visitors’ first eight points of the quarter.

Nevertheless, the Lions continued to take full advantage of the three-point line, converting an admirable 46% of three-point efforts. 

Katsiaryna Snytsina’s consecutive three-pointers propelled the Lions past the 100-point mark as the champions added the eighth win to their undefeated league record. 

London Lions 113-56 Nottingham Wildcats (34-10, 57-17, 86-40)

(Lions: Winterburn, 25; Joseph, 14; Snytsina, 13 – Wildcats: Nicholas, 22; Stewart, 12; Ashton/Shaw, 8)

Report Source: WBBL

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