WNBL Semi-Final Game One Reviews

Saturday February 25, 2017

The minor premiers have made a statement in Game One against the defending champs while Perth will take some confidence heading into a must-win game on Friday night despite their loss to Dandenong.

Dandenong Rangers (73) def. Perth Lynx (66)

The Rangers looked to be cruising to a 1-0 lead over Perth as they headed into the final term, having led by as much as 25 points thanks to the hot shooting of Steph Cumming (25 points on 10-14).

However, the Lynx finished the game with a 26-12 final term, sending a scare through the home crowd and giving themselves some momentum heading into Game 2 despite the eventual loss.

Aside from Cumming, Natalie Novosel came up big for Dandenong as she scored 15 points off the bench, including a dagger three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter that halted a 7-0 run from the Lynx. Sara Blicavs also added 11 points and eight rebounds while Aimie Clydesale combined seven boards and five assists with three points.

For the Lynx, Sami Whitcomb collected 24 points and 13 rebounds while Ruth Hamblin (15 points, seven rebounds) and Tessa Lavey (11 points) were instrumental in the fight-back.

Heading into a must-win Game 2 on Friday night, they will be keen to receive more production from the likes of Carley Mijovic though, who was held to just two points on 1-11 shooting.

Sydney University Flames (111) def. Townsville Fire (69)

The Flames made a massive offensive statement in Game 1, shooting 61% from the field and 10-25 from the three-point line with 11 players hitting the scoreboard in a wire-to-wire victory.

Alex Wilson was on fire with 27 points including 5-8 long range shooting and her fellow starters, Leilani Mitchell (19 points), Asia Taylor (19 points) and Belinda Snell (ten points, six boards, five assists) were also devastating while Tahlia Tupaea (nine points) summed up the hosts’ night with an incredible buzzer-beater from half court on the three-quarter time siren.

For the Fire, Batkovic recorded another double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds while Mia Murray drilled three from distance for 17 points and Darcee Garbin impressed off the bench with ten points.

The defending champions have their work cut out for them though ahead of Friday night as they aim to keep their chances of a three-peat alive in Game Two.

News Source: Basketball Australia