Perth Lynx @ Melbourne Boomers – Saturday Preview

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The Perth Lynx embark on their second road trip of the season, when they take on the Melbourne Boomers on Saturday 15 October at the State Basketball Centre.

After starting the season with visits to Sydney and Townsville, the Lynx will chase their second victory of the season in this weekend’s back-to-back, which begins in Melbourne before seeing the team head to Dandenong to face the Rangers.

“It’s been pretty full on this week,” said Lynx guard Tenaya Phillips, who scored a career high 24 points in her team debut.

“The travel was pretty hectic, but that’s expected being in Perth.”

Though the Lynx will have played four road games before hosting their first game at home, Phillips suggested the early travel could be a blessing in disguise for the team.

“It’s always lovely to get (travel) out of the way.”

“We’re a team that will be used to this, and it’s great that we’ve got it early.”

With Lynx captain Tessa Lavey sidelined due to ankle surgery, Phillips said the team’s guards must pick up the slack.

“We definitely we need to step up; we’re all experienced enough to step up for that role.”

The Melbourne Boomers defeated the Adelaide Lightning in their opening game of the season, and enjoyed excellent scoring from the wing positions with Alice Kunek (21 points) and Madeleine Garrick (16 points) helping the team to a perfect 1-0 start.

Meanwhile, in a week bookended by travel, the Perth Lynx have stepped up the training intensity as they look to push through their early road schedule.

“I think we’re building slowly.”

“Going forward, we’re just training hard and trying to pull it all together.”

The Perth Lynx face the Melbourne Boomers on Saturday 15 October at the State Basketball Centre, with tip-off set for 4:30pm AWST.

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