Perth Lynx vs Canberra Capitals – Saturday Preview

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The Perth Lynx play their first home game of the 2016/17 WNBL season when they take on the Canberra Capitals on Saturday 22 October.

After starting the season with four road games, the Lynx enjoy their first game at the Bendat Basketball Centre since March, and head coach Andy Stewart was keen to get his team established in familiar territory.

“Our pre-season was away for a couple of games, and then we had four games away for this start of the season.”

“It’s going to be great to get home and to play a game in front of a crowd that’s cheering for us.”

After starting the season with a 2-2 record, the Lynx have plenty of room for improvement according to Stewart, who highlighted his team’s pace as a focal point for the weekend.

“We need to make sure that we come out at a tempo that was our staple last year.”

Lynx captain Tessa Lavey looks set to make her season debut, having been sidelined following ankle surgery, which Stewart said will go a long way to helping the Lynx play at speed.

“I don’t think there’s anybody quite like Tessa Lavey in the league. “

“There’s some very talented point guards, but I don’t think anyone pushes the ball like she can, and that will alter our tempo immediately.”

The Capitals have enjoyed a 2-1 start to the season, and fans could be in for a treat as WNBL top scorers Marianna Tolo (23.3ppg) and Sami Whitcomb (21.5ppg) battle it out at either end of the floor.

“We have to continually improve.”

“I think this week’s preparation ahs been solid, and I think we’ll be a better team than what we were last weekend.”

The Perth Lynx host the Canberra Capitals at the Bendat Basketball Centre on Saturday 22 October, with tip-off set for 7:00pm.

Tickets are available here, or you can watch the game with a live stream via the Perth Lynx YouTube page.

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