Lions return to WBBL action
Clark: "We need to take one game at a time"
After the euphoria of reaching the Europe Cup Women's knockout stage, it's back to WBBL action for London Lions on Sunday when they host Nottingham Wildcats at the Copper, tip-off 12.30pm.While European competition has proved challenging for Lions, Mark Clark's team have been in excellent domestic form, opening the season with six straight league wins as well as reaching the WBBL Cup final. In contrast, a much-changed Wildcats team are ninth in table with a 2-5 record as well as losing both of their Cup group stage games.
Despite that indifferent start, coach Clark isn't taking the Wildcats lightly:
"They're always a tough team to play against " he said. "Their comeback win on the road at Caledonia last week showed their character is good. Coach Liburd always prepares really well and although on paper it looks like it should be a win for us but with all the emotion of the Europe Cup qualification we need to make sure we get the win and be careful not to look beyond this game. It's a cliche but we have to take one game at a time."
Kenrick Liburd's team are led by Shaunay Edmonds' 15.4 points and 5.4 assists per game, adding two steals and 3.4 rebounds. Jahnae Gyles adds 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while Kennedy Nichols pulls down a team high 14.4 rebounds per game and adds 10.9 points.
The game is a repeat of the WBBL Trophy final which saw London produce a dominant performance at at the University of Worcester to lift their first piece of silverware in club history with a 96-64 victory. Lions will be looking to repeat last season's double against the Wildcats, with Clark's side winning 94-74 on the road and 79-61 at home. the sides also met in the play-off semi-final, with Lions winning 77-68 at the University of Worcester