WORCESTER Wolves women went into the festive break with a 2-2 record in National League Division Two North.

Their trip to Mansfield Giants was postponed before Christmas due to the weather and Wolves have 11 games to play in the new year.

Head coach Ryan Emery said: "The Christmas break will help us a lot.

"Players get to go home and spend time with family and then come back to Worcester refocused about the challenge ahead.

"I’m really looking forward to getting back to work in January as the best is still to come from this team."

Wolves have Dalia Jakibaityte, Eryn Morton, Estella Maloney and Mante Balzaravicuite available in January following injury.

Shanice Turner has been regaining match fitness after two months out with an ankle injury. 

Emery continued: "We have a deep rotation this year so there is no rush for them to be back as other players have really stepped up.

"However, both Dalia and Eryn are interior players and like to play physical so it will be good to see them on the floor again in the new year and able to contribute.

‘Overall, we are about right. Other than the Derby game, we have come a long way this year as it is a brand new team.

"There have been plenty of positives to take from the first part of the season."

New players Grace Brownell, Wuraa Ijela and Layla Hall, all in their first year studying at the University of Worcester, have shown promise.

Brownell is the leading scorer, averaging 14.8 points per game.

Ijela is still settling into her role but Emery believes she can be the "best point guard in this league".

Hall, a 6ft 3in forward, has grown in confidence and improved with Emery looking for her to pick up more rebounds.