The Basketball National League is back!The 2020/2021 BNL season got underway at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 5 December 2020 amidst restrictions imposed by COVID-19. The season opener saw the first match of the much anticipated Women’s League. What a glorious moment it was to see the ladies donning their BNL jerseys and playing their first semi-professional women’s basketball match in South Africa. The Soweto Panthers ladies hosted Tshwane Suns ladies in a game that started off slow; but by halftime, the jitters were out of the way as the ladies shook off the rust and settled in to play a more efficient style of basketball. Led by veteran forward Pumla Sathula’s prowess, the Tshwane Suns came out strong in the 2nd half and put the raging young Soweto Panthers at bay with a final score of 29-48. Pumla filled up the stats sheet with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 6 steals, with solid contribution from teammate Josefina Gomez who led all scorers with 12 points.The Panthers ladies were led by Thando Mbuthuma who recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Her running mate, Nyeleti Nyathi grabbed a whopping 14 rebounds and 2 steals to help the Sowetans stay competitive.