Team Northumbria triumphed in a low-scoring contest after producing a strong finish to defeat Sevenoaks Suns 53-37 on the road.
Chris Bunten’s side outscored their opponents 21-4 in the final 13 minutes to secure their 11th league victory. The home side were held to 20% shooting from the field with Northumbria winning the rebounding battle 56-37.
Fiona O’Dwyer led the way with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Chloe Bully finished with 12 points after netting some timely shots in the second half.
The title contenders made a strong start with Ta’Yani Clark’s 3-pointer sparking an 11-0 run to open up an early 14-5 advantage. Sevenoaks scored the final seven points of the first quarter before levelling at the start of the second as they kept Northumbria scoreless for an 8-minute stretch across quarters.
Northumbria moved ahead by five, but the Suns finished the half with a 6-0 close to take a slender lead into the interval with Cat Carr closing on a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
The visitors restored their advantage through second chance points, while Carr continued to be a key threat for Sevenoaks as the lead proceeded to change hands throughout the period. However, five points in quick succession from Bully helped Northumbria into a six-point lead heading into the fourth.
Sevenoaks were still within six at 37-43, but Bully scored again from downtown and Northumbria raced away to victory with a 10-0 finish in the last six minutes.
Carr had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns as they drop to a 7-7 record, while Northumbria improve to 11-2.
Sevenoaks Suns 37 (12,23,33) (Carr 14, Royo Torres 8, Nikitinaite 7)
Team Northumbria 53 (14,22,39) (O’Dwyer 13, Bully 12, Fong Lyew Quee/Clark 9)