London Lions
Sheffield Hatters

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and Holly Winterburn combined for 50 points as London Lions remained unbeaten in the WBBL with a 92-82 victory at title rivals Sheffield Hatters, on Saturday.

Herbert Harrigan finished with 29 points, adding three rebounds, while Winterburn had six assists and as many rebounds to go with her 21 points. Katsiaryna Syntsina added 11 points for a Lions' side that had ten players get on the scoresheet, with Kennedy Leonard dishing out six assists in just 11 minutes.

Bre Hampton-Bey led Hatters with 18 points while Karly Murphy had a 17 point, ten rebound double-double.

Winterburn drained a triple to get London off the mark in a high-scoring first period and a Syntsina three-point play gave them a 17-13 lead after five minutes.

Winterburn and Herbert Harrigan continued to dominate the scoring for Lions, and it was the latter who sent them into the first break 25-23 ahead before she hit seven straight points to open a strong second period for the visitors.

Winterburn's trey put London 37-30 up with four second period minutes gone and Murray's layup made it a double-digit lead with 3:44 on the clock and Shequilla Joseph's basket off Winterburn's assist sent Lions into the locker room with a 52-38 lead.

Syntsina capped a 6-0 run 70 seconds into the second half as Lions' lead grew to 20 points, and although seven straight Niang points cut the visitors' lead to 62-55 with two third period minutes on the clock, Herbert Harrigan broke the run before Shanice Beckford-Norton drove to the basket and then hit a triple of give Lions a 69-57 lead at the final break.

Leonard opened the fourth period scoring for London and although Murphy made it a seven-point game, Chantel Charles drained from downtown to put her side up by 11 with six minutes remaining.

Winterburn hit three straight free-throws as the Hatters bench picked up a technical foul to make it a ten-point game going into the final three minutes but the hosts had one last run as Murphy cut the lead to 85-80 a minute later.

But Winterburn and Herbert Harrigan took the lead back out to eight before Battle wrapped up the win at the foul line.

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