- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have ended 2016 with a resounding defeat at the hands of the Sydney Flames, 69-93.
The Flames sparked a 16-0 run in the first quarter and never looked back, as the visitors shot an impressive 47 per cent from beyond the arc to hold off several challenges from the Lynx.
“I’m incredibly disappointed,” said Lynx head coach Andy Stewart after the loss.
“We fell apart in almost every area you could possibly think we could.”
“We’ve got to do a fair bit of soul searching and review.”
After a frustrating first half, and facing a 17 point deficit, the Lynx jumped out of the gates in the third quarter and repeatedly cut into the lead, but couldn’t land the final blow to reduce the margin to single figures.
“A couple of times we got back to 11 and 12 points and then it was our real basic mental errors.”
“People got lost and just didn’t realise where people were and who they were guarding, and at this level it’s just not good enough.”
Sami Whitcomb scored 22 points alongside five rebounds, five assists and four steals to pace the Lynx, while Tessa Lavey’s 11 points and nine rebounds saw Perth’s captain come agonisingly close to a double-double.
The rebound battle was again the tale of the game, with the final 38-46 count not doing justice to Sydney’s dominance on the glass.
“I don’t know what else we can do to reiterate that rebounding is very important,” said Lavey after the game.
“It’s a bit disheartening that we’ve come this far along and no one has been prepared to step up, so I think there’s going to be a lot of questions asked as to who’s going to do that.”
The Perth Lynx now sit in third position, with a 9-6 record on the season, and will need to make amends quickly as they host the Bendigo Spirit in just eight days time.
Perth Lynx 69 – (Sami Whitcomb 22, Tessa Lavey 11, Ruth Hamblin 11)
Sydney Flames 93 – (Leilana Mitchell 27, Asia Taylor 21, Jennifer Hamson 11)