Perth Lynx @ Townsville Fire – Sunday Preview

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The Perth Lynx look to improve to 2-0 when they face the Townsville Fire on Sunday, in a rematch of the 2015/16 WNBL Grand Final.

After claiming victory over the Sydney Flames on opening night, the Lynx will be keen to keep their momentum going against a Townsville outfit playing their first game since winning last season’s championship.

The opportunity to start the season with two road wins would provide an enormous springboard for the Lynx, who are no strangers to victory in Townsville, having defeated the Fire on the road during their post-season campaign.

The Lynx shot 53 per cent from beyond the arc as a team against Sydney, a trend which they will look to continue against the reigning champion Fire.

“If we’re open we’ll, shoot the ball,” said Lynx head coach Andy Stewart.

Carley Mijovic was outstanding on Friday night, scoring 30 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocked shots, and will look to build off her excellent performance.

Sami Whitcomb, who played the full 40 minutes during Friday’s contest, averaged 20.2 points per game against Townsville last season, and will look to continue her scoring form against a stacked Fire roster.

“It’s not ideal, but it is what it is,” said Stewart of the high workload on some of his players.

“We just have to keep putting the best group out there to win the game.”

On the interior, Natalie Burton and Ruth Hamblin will have their hands full as they match up with reigning WNBL MVP and scoring champion Suzy Batkovic.

The Perth Lynx face the Townsville Fire on Sunday 9 October with tip-off set for 11am WST.

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