Lions women face Queens test

Clark's team look to maintain perfect start

London Lions will be looking to maintain their perfect record in WBBL competition when they host Gloucester City Queens at Barking Abbey on Sunday, 1pm.

Mark Clark’s side went 2&0 in the WBBL Cup and have also won their first three Championship games, but suffered a home Europe Cup loss on Wednesday and Clark is looking for a bounce-back performance:

“It’s always difficult to play after a European game, especially a defeat, but it’s a game we’ll prepare for properly. They’ve made a reasonable start to the season and it’s good to Melita [Emmanuel-Carr] back at Barking Abbey. It’s a game where we need to use our full roster and depth as we work through a tough schedule of games.”

Queens are newcomers to the WBBL, and are coached by former Plymouth Raiders’ player and head coach Jay Marriott.  Their WBBL Cup campaign was over in a flash as they lost contrasting games against Cardiff and Leicester before picking up a win at Oaklands in a dead-rubber.  They gained revenge with a victory against Cardiff in their WBBL Championship debut before winning in Durham and losing at Manchester.

Former Lion and Barking Abbey Academy graduate Emmanuel-Carr is staring for the Gloucester side, averaging 17.7 points, eight rebounds, 2.3 steals and 4.7 assists per WBBL championship game.