A monster game from Alice Kunek wasn’t enough for the Deakin Melbourne Boomers to continue its winning streak when they faced Perth Lynx in round 9.
The Boomers couldn’t ride Kunek’s offensive clinic to record their third consecutive victory, going down to the Lynx 73-84 in Melbourne Saturday night.
Kunek was locked in from tip-off, scoring 17 of her game high 27 points in the opening half which, in-turn gave the hosts a slender lead at the main break. However, it was once again the second half which extinguished Guy Molloy’s team, turning the ball over on numerous occasions that led to points for Perth.
When speaking about the turnovers, Molloy explained “(The team) have played (like) this the entire season and it’s hard for us to advance too much with anything to play at the level of the league.”
Despite an even turnover count (18-18), it was the Boomers’ that stood out more throughout the contest.
In addition to limited offensive sets, the Lynx made the most of theirs; shooting at a 49% clip from the field – led by Tessa Lavey (21 points) and Sami Whitcomb (19 points).
“We can work on (our offence) until the cows come home, but it’s up to the girls under that stress situation to be able to do it, and they did it,” head coach Andy Stewart told media post game.
Melbourne’s never say die attitude was on show in the fourth quarter, with the margin tempted to close within a reachable distance.
Crunch time shots from Maddie Garrick (14 points) and Elyse Penaluna (16 points, 6 rebounds) gave the home crowd a chance to voice their determination one more time.
Perth weren’t to be denied on successive nights however, as Louella Tomlinson made an easy inside move to chalk up her 14th point of the match and drown any life that Melbourne had left.
An upset Molloy turned to his girls to improve on what has been an up and down start to the season. Sitting seventh at 5-7, “It’s now up to the playing group to make the decision as to what they’re going to stand up for,” Molloy expressed.
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers hit the road in Round 10 when they meet the Bendigo Spirit, before travelling back to the State Basketball Centre for a clash against the University of Canberra Capitals. To book your tickets for the Sunday December 13 clash with the Caps, head to www.trybooking.com/HLXE