The JCU Townsville Fire has registered the biggest win in the club’s history after posting a 63-point victory over Adelaide tonight.
For the past 10 years, the Fire’s 109-59 victory over the AIS had stood the test of time, but fresh off last week’s 44-point win over the University of Canberra Capitals – the fifth highest in club history – the Fire re-wrote the record books with a 104-41 triumph.
Holding a clear size advantage, the Fire’s imposing front court to control of proceedings as they monstered the Lightning in the paint.
Cayla George, fresh from her stint in the WNBL, was named the First Things First MVP after recording a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds.
She was well supported by Tamara Tatham, who enjoyed her best performance in a Fire singlet with 19 points and five boards, while Darcee Garbin (nine points, four assists and three rebounds) and Suzy Batkovic (eight point and eight rebounds) provided handy cameos.
With Micaela Cocks in early foul trouble, Nat Novosel (17 points, four rebounds and three assists) led the team well and Mia Murray (17 points, three rebounds and three assists) reaffirmed her reputation as one of the league’s best shooting guards.
“I was rapt with the girls, we were really pleased with the result and we set ourselves a defensive target hat we tried to focus on,” Fire coach Chris Lucas said.
“I suppose was pretty demanding on the group because I only want us to get better and it can be real difficult to maintain concentration with a lead like that but the girls really did that.
“That scoring spread needs to be the strength of our team and we had 21 assists which means we’re sharing the basketball.”
Having set a target of holding the Lightning to less than 50, the Fire turned the screws in the third term as they took the quarter 31-6.
The final term allowed Lucas to run his back-up guards, with Chevannah Paalvast again impressing with seven points, while Ainsley Walsh scored her first points in the Wattle Valley WNBL with a deep two before draining a three-point bomb to ice the contest.
Click here to see box scores from tonight’s win.
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