Surrey Storm’s winning streak was ended by a dominant Manchester Thunder visit to Surrey Sports Park.
Storm headed into the game off the back of two wins against USW Sirens and Team Northumbria respectively. However, the currently third placed Thunder proved too strong for the hosts.
Both sides looked sharp from the offset, Thunder making the most of their possessions to take a 12-21 lead after the opening quarter.
Despite the efforts of Storm’s mid-court to feed the attackers the opposition managed to keep them at bay.
At the other end of the court Thunder’s attack proved clinical, extending their lead to 22-38 at the half-time break.
It was in the penultimate quarter where the match was truly put to bed.
Storm suffered injuries to captain Katy Holland and star shooter Sigi Burger, Thunder taking control of the game in the aftermath.
Ruthless attacking and unyielding defence left Storm chasing the game, the scoreboard reading 28-57 in favour of the away side.
In true Storm spirit the duck egg blue girls showed their tenacity and passion in the final quarter, determined to repay the crowds endless support.
Attackers Charmaine Baard and Katie Harris combined well to add to the hosts tally, whilst Jade Forbes-Wattley and Jo Trip steadied the ship at the back.
However, with the damage already done Thunder held out for a comfortable win. The match ending 46-70 to the travelling side.
Storm will now look to finish the season in their much anticipated clash against Loughborough Lightning at the Copper Box Arena.