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Archers Shot Down By Ruthless Northumbria

Posted by Shannon Kennedy

Archers Shot Down By Ruthless Northumbria
Ali Gorrell Hit A TN Best 16 Against Cardiff (Image By Dave Moore)

Team Northumbria made it two top flight wins on the bounce with their biggest ever victory against struggling Cardiff Met Archers.

Chris Bunten’s side had opened up their top flight account the previous weekend with a solid victory at the Oaklands Wolves.

And on the back of a 16-point Ali Gorrell masterclass the hosts comfortably eased past an Archers side missing star performer Judit Fritz.

Coach Bunten has been locked in talks to finalise the transfer of Kara Bonenberger to Sport Central.

But TN didn’t require the talented centre’s services against Cardiff with the Welsh club no longer a force in the women’s game.

And Bunten was able to run his bench and field all nine fit players ahead of a November 12 trip to Barking Abbey.

The home side edged ahead in a low-scoring opening quarter before strengthening their advantage by holding their opponents to just five points in the second - going on a 14-0 run midway through the quarter.

Cardiff put up a strong fight in the third and their deficit was only increased by a single point heading into the final 10 minutes.

But Northumbria opened the fourth with the first 10 points and would finish with a 6-0 run to secure the victory.

Gorrell led the way with 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals with all five starters reaching double figures.

Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee added 12 points on 6-8 shooting and also went past the milestone of 100 assists in the WBBL Championship.

And there was a trademark double double from super Swede Abi Asoro – the forward bagging 11 points and 12 boards in just 26 minutes.

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