- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have claimed their second victory over the Townsville Fire in seven days, 80-73, securing the season series with the reigning WNBL Champions.
In what was as enthralling contest as you’ll ever see, the Lynx and Fire traded blows in the Grand Final rematch, with both sides enjoying periods of dominance at either end of the floor.
Sparked by 25 points from Sami Whitcomb, including a season high seven threes, the Lynx did enough down the stretch to pull away from the visiting Fire, with Lynx coach Andy Stewart happy to get the result.
“That was a fight, that’s what all it was, a fight to get a win,” said Stewart after the win over the familiar opponent.
“It’s tough, because they know what we’re running, we know what they’re running.”
“It was nice to nice to get the win.”
Carley Mijovic tallied 20 points and eight rebounds, while Ruth Hamblin notched 14 points and seven boards to help the Lynx close out the back and forth affair.
Mijovic, Hamblin and fellow centre Natalie Burton also did their best to curtail four-time WNBL MVP Suzy Batkovic, who finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
“You’re not going to stop (Batkovic), you’re going to see if you can slow her down and contain her.”
“They sat her for a chunk in that fourth quarter just to give her enough gas to finish it off, so I think we did a pretty good job.”
Despite scoring just five points for the game, the Lynx bench did an excellent job when required, highlighted by Ashleigh Grant’s drive through the lane for a crucial two points late in the first half.
In a tight and physical encounter between two fierce rivals, the Lynx did enough to secure the season series, handing tonight’s hosts the tie-breaker should these teams finish the season with the same record.
“We need to build off this.”
“We’ve got a fair few days now, we don’t play until Sunday, and so we can get three or four good training sessions under us and I think we’ll come out an even better team.”
Perth Lynx 80 – (Sami Whitcomb 25, Carley Mijovic 20, Ruth Hamblin 14)
Townsville Fire 73 – (Suzy Batkovic 25, Kayla Standish 16, Mia Murray 12)