- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the league leading Dandenong Rangers, in a top of the table clash that was decided in clinical fashion.
The Lynx shot just 27 per cent from deep, while the Rangers caught fire from beyond the arc, as the battle between first and second was won emphatically by the visitors.
“We’re very disappointed,” said Lynx head coach Andy Stewart after the loss.
“We didn’t follow our instructions, pretty much from the start of the game, so it was frustrating to watch.”
“Giving up 92 points, you’re going to struggle to win games.”
Ruth Hamblin led the way for the Lynx with a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double, while Toni Edmondson fought all day on her way to 14 points.
Dandenong’s stifling defence set the tone immediately, and was a major factor behind their big victory, as the visitors keyed in on the hosts’ perimeter threats.
At one stage the WNBL’s top three-point shooting pairing, Sami Whitcomb and Carley Mijovic, had combined to shoot 0-11 from deep, which epitomised the offensive struggles of the Lynx.
“Sami’s been outstanding every game all year.”
“She didn’t shoot well tonight, but her effort level was high, her intensity level was high – it just wasn’t her night, and you’re going to have some of them.”
A 34-44 rebounding count marked another tough evening on the glass for the Lynx.
“They were hungrier than us, and we’ve got to alter that.”
“We’ve got to use this game now to learn from.”
The Lynx will now look to regroup throughout an intense week of training, before looking to bounce back next Sunday against the Adelaide Lightning.
Perth Lynx 71 – (Ruth Hamblin 14, Toni Edmondson 14, Carley Mijovic 13)
Dandenong Rangers 92 – (Stephanie Cumming 22, Ally Malott 19, Aimie Clydesdale 15)