WORCESTER Wolves women go to Derbyshire Gems tomorrow to face an experienced side on the back of their first win of the season.

They battled to a 68-58 home victory over Northamptonshire Titans in National League Division Two North with 16 points from Grace Brownell.

She scored the first six points as Wolves got off to a strong start.

But Titans did not panic against high-pressure defence and the hosts were only one up as the first quarter ended.

No team could pull away in the second and the game was level with two minutes to go.

But defensive pressure from Wura Ijelu and Brownell, pictured above, forced mistakes, allowing Wolves an 8-0 run for a 10-point lead into half-time.

Titans claimed the third quarter as sloppy play allowed them to lead.

But then Wolves shone brightest as a deeper bench allowed head coach Ryan Emery to rotate players as the team went up a gear.

Triples from Adrainna Sustova, Katrina Gregariva and Toma Pulokatie were too much as Wolves kept Titans scoreless for long periods.

Captain Dalia Jakubaityte said: "We dictated the tempo. We kept a good intensity on defence and made them rush their shots.

"We ran the floor well and read the situations very well. We passed the ball around and drove to the basket pretty well.

"We are starting to trust each other more, recognising each other’s strengths and this shows in the game."

Emery said: "Overall I liked the tempo we played at. This win showed great character as we weren’t at our best.

"We are not the finished product yet. It is a goal we are striving to achieve and wins like this will only help us as a group going forward."