Sheffield Hatters top 100-point mark in huge win over Leeds

Hatters star Estela Royo Torres. Picture: Ian Anderson
Hatters star Estela Royo Torres. Picture: Ian Anderson
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Vanessa Ellis and her her players showed a gulf in class as Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters made light work of local rivals Leeds Beckett University in a power-packed 132-41 road win.

Wasting no time in showcasing their firepower, the visitors stormed into a 34-11 lead and rarely took their foot off the accelerator throughout the remainder of the contest.

Indeed when Leeds reached the sanctuary of the locker room at the half, they might have been forgiven for thinking Hatters might ease up when the action resumed.

Instead, their opponents only cranked up a gear and outscored the home team 32-6 in a devastating display of superiority which was headlined by Estela Royo Torres.

The Spaniard continued her hot streak with a superb 25 points, nine rebounds, nine steals and six assists.

Helen Naylor was on fire too in the one-sided encounter and she also finished with 25 points, while the still winless Leeds were led by 17 points from Lucy Buxton.

Leeds 41 (11,20,26) (Buxton 17, Roka 13, Gray 3)

Hatters 132 (34,60,92) (Royo Torres 25, Naylor 25, Gandy 21).

Sheffield Hallam Hatters’ Division Two North side had a fine 76-64 win at Mansfield Giants.

The Under-16s lost 88-37 at home to Manchester Mystics but the Under-14s won 52-27 at Tameside.

* Pictures from the Mansfield-Hatters match in Grass Roots today.