London Lions
Manchester Mystics

A dominant first period performance paved the way for Lions to reach the WBBL Trophy semi-final with a 101-46 victory against Manchester Mystics, on Sunday.

Playing away from the Copper Box was no hinderance for Mark Clark's side as they recorded their second win of the season at Crystal Palace, and never looked back after rushing into a 30-7 lead after ten minutes of action.

Kennedy Leonard

Kennedy Leonard led the way for London, adding six rebounds to her 20 point, 12 assist double while captain Shanice Beckford-Norton came off the bench to finish with 19 points and four rebounds. Cassie Breen completed a good weekend with 15 points, all from three-point land off just seven attempts while Holly Winterburn had 13 points on a perfect shooting game and Azania Stewart added ten points in a balance scoring efforts.

The hosts shot an incredible 60 percent from outside the three point arc, converting 14 of their 23 shots from downtown as they extended their domestic winning run to 21 games stretching back to last season.

It's advisable to arrive on time for Lions' games, and they made another fast start with triples from Winterburn and Jo Leedham, and a pair of three-point plays from Leonard followed by a Breen trey saw London open a 17-0 lead.

Georgia Jones - who was the only Mystic in double digit with 12 points -  finally broke the run with a triple of her own but three-point plays from Beckford-Norton and Winterburn sent the home side into the first break with a 23-point lead.

Recent addition Shaquilla Joseph and Jones exchanged threes to open the second period, but Mystics never made an inroads into that first period lead and further threes from Leedham and Winterburn saw Lions effectively wrap the game up by half-time with a 51-19 advantage.

Shaquilla Joseph

London continued the onslaught in the third period, Leonard's jump shot making a 40-point game with 3:28 remaining in the third period and Beckford-Norton's drive to the basket sent them into the final break with a 74-33 lead.

After back-to-back Mystics baskets to open the fourth quarter, Beckford-Norton converted an alley-opp off Leonard's assist, and Breen added two mores triple as London's lead went above 50 with 3:45 remaining.

Breen converted her fourth triple of the final frame before Leonard took Lions to the century mark and wrapped up a place in the last four.

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