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Mystics beat Archers by 50 for biggest ever WBBL win

  Sunday, October 23, 2016

Manchester Mystics defeated Cardiff Met Archers 87-37 for their third consecutive win in all competitions.

The 50-point win is also Manchester's largest margin of victory in the WBBL, beating their previous best of 46 points against Leeds back in 2014.

Despite playing without Rheanne Bailey and Nicola Welling, Mystics had too much firepower for their Welsh opponents, who were without influential forward Judit Fritz.

Recent acquisition Sierra Schwellenbach put in an outstanding performance for the home side, scoring a game-high 19 points, making 5/7 from three-point range and adding five rebounds, five steals and four assists.

The dependable Georgia Jones also filled the stat sheet, notching 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals, while Jo Clayden and youngster Keani Potter claimed 11 points each. Isabel Bueriberi also made an impact on the boards, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds.

For the Archers, Sarah Wagstaff was the main threat, recording 17 points, including five threes, to go with six rebounds and five steals, but she got little help from her team-mates as the Archers made just 24% of their field goal attempts to the home side’s 51%.

The game was only a contest for the opening quarter, which Mystics won 18-11, as Archers used long-range scores to keep within touching distance, but a 21-3 run by the home side in the second quarter effectively settled the affair.

Archers mustered just two points in the entire fourth quarter, with the Mystics bench racking up 48 points to help comfortably win the game.

Mystics captain Jones was full of praise for Schwellenbach, saying: “It’s awesome to have her on board now. She’s a good shooter and somebody that people are going to have to take notice of. She’s a really good pick-up for us and just gives us another option, another outside threat.

On her team’s prospects for the season, Jones added: “If we keep building as we are doing, we’ve got the potential to do really well. It’s hard to put a number on it or a position on it, but we’ve definitely got the players and the potential to do really well and win some things this year.”  

The action returns to the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue on 29th October, when Mystics welcome Caledonia Pride in WBBL play, a side they recently defeated 69-48 in the Cup.

Report by Graeme Roberts

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