Worcester Wolves suffered a 35-47 defeat to East London Phoenix in their first home game of the BWB Women’s Premier League season.

The visitors won the tip-off, which helped them to an early lead of six.

This was quickly changed by Niamh Horan who scored the first two points for Wolves.

Worcester were able to pick up the pace towards the end of the quarter with four points scored by Sarah Hope.

The quarter ended 8-10 with Worcester trailing by two.

The beginning of the second quarter saw the score level out 10-10 with a great jump shot from Jade Loughlin.

The Wolves began to show a strong defensive side and kept the pressure on East London Phoenix.

Good shots by Phoenix’s Bethany Wheeler and Curran Brown got them back to a six-point lead.

Worcester were able to gather some momentum during this quarter but couldn't maintain it, allowing Phoenix to expand on their lead.

At halftime, the score was 16-23.

Worcester looked to capitalize on their play in the third quarter and increase their score.

However, Phoenix created space and pushed out their opponents, giving them more opportunities to score which Wolves could not always stop.

Worcester were unable to contain the consistent shots made by Amy Conroy, Beth Wheeler, and Sophie Carrigill in the first part of the quarter.

But an impressive five-point haul from Sarah Hope in the last minute of the third quarter took the score to 30-37.

Worcester went into the final quarter looking to shorten their trail and get a big score but ended up only managing another five points.

Phoenix contained the Wolves, who weren’t able to gain the momentum they needed in the last period.

The match ended 35-47.

Even though Worcester were not the victorious team Sarah Hope was the highest scorer in the match earning 20 points for the Wolves and had the highest number of rebounds with 13.

For Phoenix their highest scorer was Bethany Wheeler with 18 points and 4 assists.

Worcester Wolves' next game will be another home game, they will be taking on Loughborough Lightning on Sunday March 19 at 1pm.