- Game Night
With Tessa Lavey and Nat Burton representing the Perth Lynx at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Sami Whitcomb and Toni Edmondson each pursuing an SBL Championship and Tenaya Phillips helping push her SEABL team into the playoffs, there was plenty at stake for Lynx players this week.
Lavey, who was integral in sparking Australia’s comeback victory over Belarus, has recorded 14 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds and three steals throughout her Olympic campaign, while Nat Burton has tallied four points, five assists, eight rebounds and two steals in her five starts with the national team.
The Australians went a perfect 5-0 in the group stage, and now advance to a quarter-final meeting with Serbia on Tuesday 16 August at 10pm AWST.
Back home, and Toni Edmondson’s Perry Lakes Hawks are through to the semi-finals, after a 2-1 series victory over the Mandurah Magic.
Throughout the three game series, Edmondson poured in 43 points, 10 assists, 15 rebounds and two blocks to help the Hawks advance to a semi-final matchup with the Joondalup Wolves.
She is joined in the semi-finals by Rockingham Flames star, and 2015/16 Perth Lynx MVP, Sami Whitcomb, who dominated her quarter-final matchup with the Perth Redbacks.
Whitcomb scored a massive 48 points in the Flames 2-0 series victory, along with 20 rebounds, eight assists and two steals, to put Rockingham into a semi-final matchup with the Willetton Tigers.
In South Australia’s SEABL, new Lynx guard Tenaya Phillips has played a crucial role in helping her Frankston Blues to a playoff berth, averaging 13.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists throughout the season.
Despite sitting out Frankston’s final game of the season, Phillips has been integral to the Blues’ efforts, playing 30 or more minutes in 19 of her 20 appearances this season.
In the WNBA, Lynx imports Ruth Hamblin and Monica Wright are enjoying a mid-season break throughout the Olympic Games.