- Game Night
The Perth Lynx have suffered their first home defeat of the season in their top of the table clash with the Bendigo Spirit, 71-84.
In a matchup between the WNBL’s best offense and defence, the Lynx and Spirit traded blows throughout the game before a decisive fourth quarter run broke the game open for the visitors.
“Extremely disappointed,” said Lynx head coach Andy Stewart after the loss.
“We still weren’t executing what we needed to do offensively or especially defensively.”
“Our effort level was high but our commitment to doing what we discussed doing and what we worked on doing wasn’t very high at all.”
Sami Whitcomb was astounding in the first half, going for 33 points before the main break, in what is likely to be the best individual performance of the season.
Whitcomb ended with a career high 39 points, along with six rebounds and three steals, but it wasn’t enough to get the Lynx over the line in a physical contest.
“That first half was just world class.”
“It’s first versus second and a player goes for 33 in one half of basketball; it’s quite phenomenal.”
Carley Mijovic recorded her first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points along with 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Ruth Hamblin added seven points and three rejections of her own.
The Lynx were outrebounded 34-47, and managed just four bench points to Bendigo’s 20, with Stewart outlining his team’s need for a more even spread.
“Sam’s gone for 39, but we’ve also got a bunch of players shooting extremely low percentages.”
“We didn’t get into any flow, and we paid the price.”
The Perth Lynx now hit the road ahead of a Grand Final rematch with the Townsville Fire on Friday 25 November, before backing it up two days later in Canberra against the Capitals.
Perth Lynx 71 – (Sami Whitcomb 39, Carley Mijovic 11, Toni Edmondson 10)
Bendigo Spirit 84 – (Kelsey Griffin 31, Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe 18, Oliver Heather 8)