The Deakin Melbourne Boomers will be looking to bounce back this Saturday night against Bendigo (7:30pm @ State Basketball Centre) following a tough road trip to Queensland.
The opponents didn’t come tougher than top of the table, SEQ Stars, followed by the Townsville Fire, the league’s defending champions, and a club who was celebrating their club history – a monumental and energetic contest for their franchise.
The road trip didn’t faze head coach Guy Molloy and his girls, eager to move on from the disappointing performance against the Stars just one week prior. However, not all went to plan.
Melbourne could not answer the consistency of SEQ the second time around, in addition to finding out for a second time – that Ify Ibekwe (20 points, 13 rebounds) can have an influence off the bench in the 62-78 defeat.
Guards Tess Madgen (18 points) and Maddie Garrick (17 points) fired, with 35 points between them; while Elyse Penaluna (12 points, 5 rebounds) made the Boomers’ restricted area her own, defending the hoop with four blocks.
Tayla Roberts saw her first minutes as a Deakin Melbourne Boomer, registering two rebounds off the bench.
In what was always going to be a tough ask to back up on the road two days later, the Boomers not being able to run out the full forty minutes; going down to Townsville 57-85.
An even contest in the opening quarter meant the Boomers were down just one at the first break. This margin quickly escaped the Boomers through the second and third stanzas; the Fire making sure they would turn the result since the last time these two teams met.
Captain Tess Madgen once again led the side with 21 points, while adding five rebounds and six assists. Elyse Penaluna is also quickly making her mark at both ends of the floor with 18 points and a whopping seven blocks.
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers will now return home to tackle fellow Victorian side Bendigo Spirit, in what will be an action packed contest at the State Basketball Centre.
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