- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have enjoyed a successful home opener, defeating the Canberra Capitals 65-59 in a gritty comeback victory in front of 1400 people.
The Perth Lynx closed with a flurry to erase Canberra’s long held lead, before pulling away thanks to some excellent rebounding and the scoring nous of Sami Whitcomb.
“We’re pretty happy,” said Lynx head coach Andy Stewart.
“You could see the nerves in the first quarter, but the fact that they just kept fighting and fighting was great.”
In game number 100 for the Lynx, Toni Edmondson was pivotal to her team’s success, turning up the pressure on Lauren Mansfield and forcing the talented Canberra guard into three of 18 shooting.
“Mansfield’s their engine room and Toni just wore her down and wore her down.”
“You saw the shots (Mansfield) attempted in the fourth quarter, she was just exhausted.”
“Toni picked her up and made her work for pretty much every possession.”
Tenaya Phillips (11 points, three rebounds) introduced herself to the Red Army with a scoring burst in the third quarter, at one-point scoring nine consecutive points for the Lynx and helping bridge the gap.
Sami Whitcomb (23 points, eight rebounds, four assists) was at her free-scoring best, connecting on two threes and setting the standard in a gruelling 40-minute effort.
The Perth Lynx now move to 3-2 on the season and, with their next two games at home, have an opportunity to build a strong foundation for the 2016/17 season.
“We’ve got to learn to win away and home, but the good thing about it is we don’t have to take days out to travel and that means we can get five training sessions in.”
“To get those five sessions in before the next game, I think you’ll see a different Lynx team.”
Perth Lynx 65 – (Sami Whitcomb 23, Carley Mijovic 13, Tenaya Phillips 11)
Canberra Capitals 59 – (Marianna Tolo 22, Mikaela Ruef 15, Lauren Mansfield 14)