Lynx push the pace, defeat Lightning


The Perth Lynx have recorded back-to-back home victories thanks to a huge 93-65 victory over the Adelaide Lightning.

The Lynx started the game with a bang, going on a 15-0 run in the opening minutes of the game, before turning the screws defensively and building an early lead.

Perth continued to build on their advantage throughout the second quarter, before a 16-0 scoring burst in the third quarter ended any chance of a comeback.

“The tempo is important to us – I think we have the pieces to be able to run really well,” said Lynx head coach Andy Stewart after the win.

“The pressure defence, the pushing the ball up the floor is important to our game.”

Sami Whitcomb, the reigning WNBL Player of the Week, was exceptional yet again, tallying 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds, with an extended fourth quarter rest the only thing stopping her from recording her first career triple-double.

“She will hate me forever for sitting her for those last 8 minutes so she couldn’t get her triple-double,” joked Stewart after the game.

Ruth Hamblin earned her first start of the season, and rewarded Stewart’s faith with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a block, while opening up the offensive with her excellent screening and distribution.

Tessa Lavey (14 points, four steals), Toni Edmondson (13 points, six assists) and Carley Mijovic (19 points, six rebounds) rounded out a starting unit that all scored in double figures.

The strong result was marred by a nasty injury scare, as Kisha Lee spent several minutes on the floor after an inadvertent elbow leaving her with concussion concerns.

“That sours it a little bit, but a good solid game.”

The Perth Lynx next turn their attention to the Melbourne Boomers, where they will look to turn consecutive victories into a three game streak.

Perth Lynx 95 – (Sami Whitcomb 29, Carley Mijovic 19, Tessa Lavey 14)

Adelaide Lightning 63 – (Laura Hodges 21, Colleen Planeta 9, Tayla Roberts 8)

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