Perth Lynx hang tough, defeat Townsville Fire


The Perth Lynx have returned to the winner’s column in style, defeating the Townsville Fire on the road, 89-85.

A hot shooting start saw the Lynx jump out to a 10-point half time lead, and when the lead ballooned to 18 early in the fourth it looked like job done for the visitors.

However, a late surge by the Fire cut the Lynx lead to as little as three points, before some crucial free throws from Toni Edmondson, Tessa Lavey and Sami Whitcomb iced an impressive road victory.

Edmondson starred for the Lynx, scoring a season high 18 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and coming away with a steal in the dying seconds to help the Lynx close the game.

Carley Mijovic (20 points, nine rebounds) came agonisingly close to consecutive double-doubles, while Sami Whitcomb was again everywhere, scoring 22 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.

The Lynx struggled on the glass throughout much of the first half, but their lights out shooting held the Fire at bay, before some quality third quarter defence gave the visitors the cushion they needed.

The team finished with 44 per cent shooting from deep, with new Lynx forward Brianna Butler scoring twice from beyond the arc in her WNBL debut.

With the victory, the Perth Lynx now move to 7-3 on the season, and regain first place on the WNBL ladder.

They now face a short turnaround, travelling to Canberra to take on the Capitals on Sunday 27 November.


Perth Lynx 89 – (Sami Whitcomb 22, Carley Mijovic 20, Toni Edmondson 18)

Townsville Fire 85 – (Kayla Standish 24, Mia Murray 18, Micaela Cocks 14)

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