- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have opened the season with a hard fought victory over the Sydney Flames, 93-90.
Playing without the services of captain Tessa Lavey, the Lynx used some extremely hot shooting to keep pace with the Flames, before breaking the game open in the final quarter.
“It was pretty messy – lots of turnovers from both teams,” said head coach Andy Stewart after the game.
“A typical first game of the season, and absolutely rapt that we fought it out and were tough enough to win it.”
Carley Mijovic led the team with 30 points (including seven threes), adding nine rebounds and three blocks, while Tenaya Phillips had a Lynx debut to remember with 24 points, four assists and two steals.
“Carley has always been able to play offense, but now she’s a very effective defensive player.”
“We’re absolutely rapt with Tenaya; she was a real spark and we loved her game.”
“A back and forth contest, the Lynx and Flames were tied at both quarter time and half time, before a 10-0 run to close the third quarter handed the Lynx a lead they would not give back.
Sami Whitcomb’s 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists came across a gruelling 40 minutes of play, with the reigning Lynx MVP sealing the game with a personal 7-0 run late in the final quarter.
“It’s not ideal, but it is what it is,” said Stewart on the high minutes played by his team.
“We just have to keep putting the best group out there to win the game.”
Ruth Hamblin made her presence known in her WNBL debut, tallying nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
The Perth Lynx face a short turnaround ahead of their trip to Townsville, where they will meet the Fire on Sunday afternoon in a Grand Final rematch.
Perth Lynx 93 – (Carley Mijovic 30, Tenaya Phillips 24, Sami Whitcomb 22)
Sydney Flames 90 – (Jennifer Hamson 19, Asia Taylor 18, Leilani Mitchell 15)