Helen Naylor is first player to score 1,000 points in Women’s British Basketball League as Sheffield Hatters bounce back

Helen Naylor: 19 -points for Hatters
Helen Naylor: 19 -points for Hatters

Sheffield Hatters star Helen Naylor made history yesterday by becoming the first player to score 1,000 points in the Women’s British Basketball League.

Doncaster-based GB international Naylor, pictured, scored 19 points as the Westfield Health Hatters bounced back to winning ways.

Their 86-71 road win at Caledonia Pride moved them up to second in the table, behind unbeaten Sevenoaks Suns.

Hatters made a strong start and a blistering second period saw them establish a commanding 23-point cushion at the break and they were able to hold off a spirited fightback from Pride.

The visitors dominated on the boards, out-rebounding their opponents 35-52 as they restricted Pride to 35% shooting from the floor.

Steph Gandy powered to a 25-point haul with 10 in the fourth. Gianna Woods had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists with Jennifer Ashton also producing an all-round display with 15 points, 13 boards, seven assists and five steals.