Cassie Breen came off the bench to drop 30 points as Lions continued their unbeaten start to the WBBL campaign with a 94-47 hammering of Newcastle Eagles, on Sunday.
Breen hit seven triples in 21 minutes of action, adding three rebounds and two assists as Mark Clark’s side improved their league record to 14-0. In a game where Lions’ bench contributed 61 of their points, Shanice Beckford-Norton added 17 points, five rebounds four assists and three steals while Jo Leedham added seven rebounds and as many assists to her 12 points. Azania Stewart also continued her good run of form with ten points, seven assists and five boards as London never looked back after a 23-7 first period.
Maddy McVicar led an Eagles side who must be sick of the sight of Lions after also losing to them in the WBBL Cup final ,finishing with 15 points, but Marina Fernandez Pardo was the only other visiting player in double digits with ten points and eight rebounds, with both players logging 40 minute games.
Kennedy Leonard and Holly Winterburn both drained triples as Lions rushed into a 12-2 lead inside five minutes, and with Beckford-Norton scoring a spectacular alley-oop, the home took a 16 point lead into the first break.
The visitors started the second period with a Gaynor and-one but Breen’s first triple of the afternoon quickly followed and a score inside the arc from Breen – where she was perfect with four-from-four - saw the hosts’ lead up to 20 and a pair of Shequilla Joseph baskets helped the home team into a 48-22 half-time lead.
Stewart’s hook shot opened the second half, and with Leedham and Holly Winterburn hitting triples the home side effectively ended the game as a contest with a 12-0 run to take a 60-22 lead with five third period minutes gone.
Breen hit another pair of baskets to give Lions a 71-31 lead at the final break before the visitors hit the first eight points of the fourth period as the hosts went four minutes without troubling the scorers.
But Breen got hot, scoring 12 straight points including a rare four-point play. Stewart completed her scoring for the game before Breen drained her seventh treble and it was left to Steph Umeh to wrap up the scoring.