Kalina Axentieva leads Newcastle Eagles through overtime in north east derby.
WBBL Trophy, Group Stage
Newcastle Eagles 72-68 Durham Palatinates (19-16, 37-34, 50-44, 59-59)
Newcastle Eagles emerged 72-68 victors over Durham Palatinates in an overtime north east derby thriller.
The win keeps Eagles in contention for the WBBL Trophy Semi-Finals whilst Durham host Caledonia tomorrow.
Leading scorers – Kalina Axentieva 19, Steph Gandy 18, Kara Bonenberger 14 (Eagles) – Hannah Ottewill-Soulsby 17, Rhianna Mae Laing 17, Theairra Taylor 14 (Palatinates)
Turning point – With six minutes remaining of the fourth period, Durham were trailing by double-digits until a 12-0 run saw them bring it back level, and with seconds remaining on the clock Hannah Ottewill-Soulsby converted a pair of free throws to take the game into overtime. The teams traded leads through overtime but it was a Kalina Axentieva three pointer, followed by a Durham turnover, which sealed the deal for Newcastle.
Key stat – Newcastle’s bench came out all cylinders firing, with 26 points coming from their bench, led by Steph Gandy’s 18.
Game hero(es) – Kalina Axentieva racked up 19 points and she was assisted by a key double-double performance from Kara Bonenberger, with 14 points and 13 rebounds.