Both teams will be targeting victory as they try to cement their place in the semifinals. The encounter at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre at 6pm is the final game of the league phase.
The top five teams are closely bunched on the log, which is headed by Free State University on 26. Maties (Stellenbosch) have 24 and Madibaz are in third place on 22. North-West University and UP-Tuks, both on 21 points, are also in the running.
Lana Krige, coach of the Nelson Mandela University outfit, said she had felt from the start that their semifinal chances could depend on the final game against Maties.
“What we didn’t realise is that all the final-round games would be decisive, so it’s not just about us and Maties.
“We will obviously be going for a win and it will be great to have the home crowd behind us because they are fantastic.”
Nonetheless, she acknowledged that the Madibaz outfit would have a big hurdle to overcome.
“I think it’s going to be really interesting. Like us, they don’t have a tall shooter, but, as we do, they do have a strong shooter and it should make for a fascinating contest.”
A Madibaz win will put them into the semifinals, while defeat means that their hopes will depend on other results.
In the other key matches, Free State take on North-West in Bloemfontein and UP-Tuks face University of Western Cape in Pretoria.