17 October 2015 – It was the Louella Tomlinson show at the State Basketball Centre on Saturday night, as what was labelled a suspected broken nose pre-game couldn’t slow the Lynx forward down.
The Perth Lynx saluted in their opening road game of the season, defeating the Deakin Melbourne Boomers 78-68, handing the Boomers their first loss of the 2015/16 WNBL season.
Tomlinson was locked in from tip-off, rattling in 29 points (16 in the first quarter) on 11-19FG shooting, showing off a vast array of inside moves to shake defenders. When she wasn’t making moves inside the paint, it was her blistering shooting display from distance – three treys in the game kept the scoreboard ticking.
Alice Kunek (17 points, 11 rebounds) was the highlight for the Boomers, trying to ignite her team’s slow start with 14 points and eight rebounds in the opening half.
The Boomers welcomed Kristen Veal to the family, and she didn’t disappoint. Despite not troubling the score table in her first game in purple, Veal was a menace on defence, recording two steals and found herself involved in a number of Melbourne possessions.
However, it was the combination of Tomlinson and Sami Whitcomb who continued to push the Lynx margin beyond touching distance.
A seven point margin seemed to be the theme throughout the night, something which head coach Guy Molloy stated to the media post-game.
“It kind of felt we were seven down, or about that margin…it was always back to seven the whole game, but they just played far better than what we did.”
A fatigued Boomers captain Tess Madgen fought valiantly against Opals teammate Tessa Lavey, scoring 14 points and dropping four assists; while Maddie Garrick continues to provide fans with plenty of cheer and reasoning for her signature with 20 points.
Even when the Boomers were creeping back in the game early in the fourth, the game shifted back in the visitors favour thanks to none other than Louella Tomlinson.
She was the difference maker at both ends, cleaning up the glass, as well chalking up three steals and a pair of blocks.
Both she and head coach Andy Stewart joked about her pre-game warm up post-game.
“I was playing with my nieces and nephews earlier today, but I only got about ten minutes through before I ran into a monkey bar and I possibly had a broken nose. I had to go to hospital (for it) so it definitely motivated me knowing that if I didn’t play well, Andy wasn’t going to let me play with my family anymore!” Tomlinson chuckled.
Melbourne make their first road trip of the season next week, travelling north to face the Sydney Uni Flames, Saturday the 24th of October.