ADELAIDE LIGHTNING V SYDNEY UNI FLAMES (89 – 79)
The season opener saw the Lightning down the Flames by 10 points in a cracking contest.
The guests had been valiant in defeat, effectively closing the cap at many points all through the game.
While Sydney demonstrated the calibre of play they are capable of creating, they had been outclassed by Adelaide, who had been capable to preserve constant scoreboard stress.
WNBA two-time all-star Crystal Langhorne proved to be a important choose-up for the Lightning, with an impressive 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Flames recruit Colleen Planeta also showed her worth, banking a mammoth 30 points and 11 rebounds.
BENDIGO SPIRIT V MELBOURNE BOOMERS (72 – 87)
The Boomers had a convincing win more than the Spirit, taking manage of the game early.
A commanding second half from the Boomers saw the guests run out the game as 15 point winners.
While the Spirit made a single final push back in the final quarter, it was as well tiny as well late for the dwelling side.
The absence of Rebecca Tobin just after a coaching head knock proved expensive for Bendigo, even so American Martè Grays added invaluable flare banking 12 points and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, Boomers point guard Lindsay Allen had an inspired return from a knee injury with 19 points and seven assists.
SOUTHSIDE FLYERS V TOWNSVILLE FIRE (81 – 72)
The WNBL’s newest side entered the competitors in spectacular style, with a nine-point win more than Townsville.
In front of a formidable crowd at Dandenong Stadium, the Flyer’s line-up gelled with relative ease – an impressive feat thinking of the complete squad has had restricted coaching time with each other.
Leilani Mitchell starred in her WNBL return for Southside with 21 points, six rebound and 4 assists. She also got the crowd on their feet with a 3-pointer buzzer beater at quarter time.
Alike Mitchell, Flyers captain Jenna O’Hea appeared not to have missed a beat just after returning from Opals duties, scoring 19 points and collecting eight rebounds.
While Townsville had been bold in each offense and defence, they struggled to push previous their opponents.
But coach Shannon Seebohm can take positives from the performances of many players, especially WNBA import Bridget Carelton who scored a notable 20 points.
UC CAPITALS V ADELAIDE LIGHTNING (90 – 83)
The grand final rematch saw the UC Capitals claim bragging rights more than Adelaide as soon as once more.
An inspired third quarter from the Capitals, saw them produce a 20-point turnaround just after getting ten points down at half time.
In spite of a exceptional 32-point efficiency from Lauren Nicholson, Adelaide failed to stifle the third quarter momentum of their opponents.
But, the Capitals shared the scoring load with each Kesley Griffin and Keely Froling scoring 22 points, when Kia Nurse banked an impressive 28.
Adelaide had been missing star recruit Crystal Langhorne to soreness, a considerable loss just after her formidable efficiency against Sydney on Friday evening.
The exhilarating match was a staunch reminder as to why each sides identified themselves in a grand final final year, and a tantalising taste of what might be to come in season 2019/20.
PERTH LYNX V SYDNEY UNI FLAMES (79 – 62)
The final game of round 1 saw Perth Lynx bank an imposing win against the Flames.
A disappointing 2018/19 season and a Friday evening loss to the Lightning, meant Sydney had been just after redemption in their second match for the weekend.
Even so, the Lynx played with unpredictability and flare, largely thanks to WNBA import Imani McGee-Stafford.
While McGee-Stafford had a quiet second half, the 201cm American was a commanding force for the dwelling side, controlling the early play with her physicality and athleticism.
But the Lynx had a plethora of contributors all more than the court, like Alison Schwagmeyer-Belger who starred with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She was supported by Katie Ebzery who had an impressive seven assists.
The absence of Ally Wilson and Britt Wise had been expensive for Sydney, who will have to have to regroup and critique heading into their round two clash against the Flyers.
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