Oaklands Wolves took a huge step forward last season.
The side from Hertfordshire narrowly missed out on a first Play-Offs berth, having shown dramatic improvement in what was only the franchise’s second season in the league.
Last year’s captain, Lizzy Harrison will return to the side on the back of an impressive season last time out in which the star guard led the team in scoring.
“We didn’t reach our goal of making the Play-Offs last season, which was really disappointing,” admitted Harrison.
“But, ultimately, going from 0 wins in our first year to 6 wins last season is a step in the right direction for the programme and that’s what we’ve focussed on.
“We earned some great wins in the latter stages of last season too and, with half of the team returning, we’re looking to build on that and move forward.”
Like many teams across the league, Oaklands has made some eye-catching additions this offseason: Hungarian International guard, Dorka Boros, NCAA graduate, Roya Rustamzada and German International Anneke Schlueter.
“The group has been together for a while now which has really helped us come together as a unit, but it will always take time for us to reach our potential on court.
“We are just focussed on getting better every day, that’s always our approach so we know our best game will be the last of the season.
“I’m definitely excited by our potential so let’s see what happens when the games begin.
“I can’t wait to get going; pre-season has been fun but it’s never the same as the season and playing in the league.
“It’s crazy to see the amount of talent that’s come in to the WBBL this summer. That, together with some of the departures, means teams have changed a lot.
“It will take a while for us all to figure each other out… the opening weekend is going to be interesting, that’s for sure!”