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PostPosted: 10/10/19 8:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Epoupa going to Australia is bizarre. Going to Australia to play as an import when you (obviously) count as a European in Europe is strange, especially when you're the starting point guard for one of the top national teams in Europe. I would guess the Capitals have one of the highest spending levels in the league.



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PostPosted: 10/11/19 4:09 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Richyyy wrote:
Epoupa going to Australia is bizarre. Going to Australia to play as an import when you (obviously) count as a European in Europe is strange, especially when you're the starting point guard for one of the top national teams in Europe. I would guess the Capitals have one of the highest spending levels in the league.

Yep, highly unusual to see a quality European here.


I've VPN'd myself out of Australia and the WNBL live stream is still working for me, which is a promising sign for the rest of the season.
Tonight's game: http://wnbl.basketball/adelaide/livestream/



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PostPosted: 10/13/19 6:36 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 1 is in the books, but sadly other than today's Lynx game I barely saw a minute of action despite most of it being live streamed.

No major surprises yet. Canberra beating Adelaide was the closest thing to an upset, considering they were without Tolo & Ruef (and Wallace, but have no idea what her timeline is for a return), although with Griffin & Nurse they're always in with a shot. Keely Froling ended last season in great form and continued it today with 22 & 11.
Some familiar names putting up big numbers, including Lindsay Allen, Kelsey Griffin, Leilani Mitchell, Kia Nurse, Lauren Nicholson & Colleen Planeta.
Crystal Langhorne made a nice start to her WNBL career, but missed game 2 due to soreness. Bridget Carleton also started well with 20 & 7.


Adelaide 89 (Langhorne 20p 13r, Brook 19p, Talbot 12p 5a, Seekamp 11p 8a, Turner 6p 4r)
Sydney 79 (Planeta 30p 11r, Kunek 16p 6a, Wilson 11p, Scherf 10p 17r)
Boxscore

Bendigo 92 (Grays 14p 9r, Skinner 14p, Heal 14p, Wilson 9p 5r 8a, Lavey 9p)
Melbourne 87 (Allen 19p 6r 7a, Garrick 15p 5r, Magbegor 13p 7r, George 12p 9r, Cunningham 11p 4a, Beck 8p 5r)
Boxscore

Southside 81 (Mitchell 21p 6r 4a, O'Hea 19p 8r, Blicavs 13p, Russell 12p 4r, Cole 11p 5r 6a)
Townsville 72 (Carleton 20p 7r, Madgen 17p 7r 4a, Garbin 16p 7r, Young 7p 4r, Vanloo 6p 4a)
Boxscore

Canberra 90 (Nurse 28p 7r, Griffin 22p 20r 3b, Froling 22p 11r, Epoupa 6p 7r 8a)
Adelaide 83 (Nicholson 32p 4a, Seekamp 17p 7r 8a, Talbot 13p 7r, Turner 10p 6r)
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Perth 79 (Schwagmeyer 21p 10r, Payne 13p, McGee-Stafford 12p 8r, Ebzery 10p 7a, Williams 10, Mansfield 7p 5r)
Sydney 62 (Kunek 15p, Planeta 11p 9r, Scherf 11p 8r, Kuster 10p 8r)
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PostPosted: 10/13/19 10:40 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

All the new American bigs could shake things up in the WNBL. Along with Langhorne, you have Mercedes Russell, Imani McGee-Stafford, and Brianna Turner. Also interesting to see that Canberra replaced FLB with Epoupa. You go from an outside bomber who gets to the basket through guile to an outright speed demon who isn't a consistent shooter. That's a major change in skillset and style.



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PostPosted: 10/13/19 11:00 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Is Heal good enough to be drafted to the WNBA and to lock down those rights?



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PostPosted: 10/13/19 3:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Shades wrote:
Is Heal good enough to be drafted to the WNBA and to lock down those rights?


Heal should be considered a likely draftee in 2021 at this point assuming no rules changes in the new CBA.

A lot will happen between now and then that could change things, but at this point, 2021 looks like one of the deepest international classes ever.
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PostPosted: 10/18/19 8:37 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Bendigo Spirit have signed Nevada alum, Teige Morrell (nee Zeller) as a short term replacement for Becca Tobin, who was concussed at training during the week.
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PostPosted: 10/20/19 5:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 2
Teams are nearly at full strength now, with Abby Bishop and Marianna Tolo rejoining the action this round. Canberra and the 2 Melbourne teams all remain undefeated, and Bendigo notched up their first win by upsetting Perth in today's TV game.
Great weekends for Jenna O'Hea, Mercedes Russell & Leilani Mitchell, while Carley Ernst (Mijovic), Cayla George and Alison Schwagmeyer-Belger all had big games. Interesting to note that Imani McGee-Stafford went 2/4 from 3 point land this weekend.

Southside 97 (OT) (O'Hea 19p 8r 8a 6s, Russell 18p 15r, Cole 16p, Clydesdale 13p, Mitchell 11p 10a, Blicavs 11p 9r)
Perth 93 (Schwagmeyer 34p 12r, McGee-Stafford 17p 9r 4b, Payne 14p, Ebzery 12p, Mansfield 8p 9a)
Boxscore

Townsville 68 (Bishop 24p 8r, Garbin 13p 10r, Vanloo 8p)
Adelaide 86 (Turner 19p 9r 3b, Talbot 18p 8r 4a, Nicholson 15p, Hurst 13p, Seekamp 11p 7a, Brook 10p)
Boxscore

Sydney 72 (Kunek 17p 8r 4a, Kuster 16p 10r 3b, Tupaea 15p 4a, Planeta 14p 5r, Wilson 8p)
Southside 85 (O'Hea 22p 6r 6a, Russell 15p 11r, Mitchell 14p 6r 10a 3s, Cole 12p 4a 3s, Blicavs 8p 6r)
Boxscore

Melbourne 74 (George 24p 12r 5a 3b, Cunningham 18p 5r 4a, Allen 12p 7r 6a, Magbegor 8p)
Bendigo 70 (Wilson 19p 7a, Lavey 13p 4a, Grays 12p 7r, Ernst 6p 9r)
Boxscore

Canberra 67 (Griffin 16 13r 4a, Nurse 16p, Epoupa 13p 8r 4a 7s, Froling 13p)
Townsville 65 (Carleton 14p 7r, Cocks 13p 5r, Bishop 12p 13r 4s, Madgen 10p 5r, Vanloo 7p 5a)
Boxscore

Bendigo 91 (Ernst 29p 16r 4a 3s, Grasy 15p 5r, Wehrung 14p, Lavey 12p 5r 5a, Skinner 9p, Wilson 6p 9a)
Perth 79 (McGee-Stafford 15p 9r, Payne 15p, Whittle 15p, Schwagmeyer 10p 9r 5a, Ebzery 10p 5a, Mansfield 8p 4a)
Boxscore

Ladder:
Southside Flyers 3-0
Melbourne Boomers 2-0
UC Capitals 2-0
Adelaide Lightning 2-1
Perth Lynx 1-2
Bendigo Spirit 1-2
Townsville Fire 0-3
Sydney Uni Flames 0-3



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PostPosted: 10/27/19 3:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 3

One sizeable upset this round, with Sydney Uni knocking off Uni of Canberra. The rest went to script although Adelaide needed OT to get past an undermanned Perth. Brianna Turner was a killer in that one. Lindsay Allen is also looking great right now.

Melbourne 107 (Allen 23p 5r 6a, George 18p 12r 6a, Garrick 16p 5r 4a, Conti 16p, Cunningham 7p, Purcell 5p 7r 4a)
Canberra 72 (Froling 14p 7r, Nurse 13p, Griffin 12p 10r 4s, Rocci 9p, Epoupa 6p 4a 4s)
Boxscore

Southside 85 (Blicavs 23p, Russell 18p 11r, Cole 16p 6r, Mitchell 13p 5r 7a, O'Hea 6p 6a 4s)
Bendigo 77 (Grays 22p 9r, Lavey 17p 7a, Richards 14p 5r, Wilson 7p 6a)
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Perth 86 (Ebzery 22p, 7r, 15a, Payne 22p 6r, Mansfield 14p 7a 4s, Schwagmeyer 9p, Whittle 9p, Allen 8p 8r 4s 4b)
Adelaide 90 (OT) (Turner 26p 17r, Nicholson 21p 4a, Seekamp 15p 12a, Talbot 12p 10r 3s, Hurst 11p)
Boxscore

Sydney 81 (Kunek 24p 5r, Tupaea 23p 5r 4a, Wilson 18p, Planeta 6p 8r 3b, Kuster 6p 5r, Scherf 4p 10r)
Canberra 75 (Nurse 21p, Froling 19p 8r, Griffin 17p 6r 4a 3s, Tolo 6p 9r, Epoupa 5p 8r 4a 5s)
Boxscore

Townsville 71 (Bishop 20p 6r, Madgen 18p 6r 4a, Carleton 12p 5r, Garbin 10p 6r 5s)
Melbourne 83 (Allen 28p 5a, Magbegor 13p 6r, Garrick 11p 3s, George 10p 7r, Cunningham 8p 7r)
Boxscore


Ladder

Melbourne Boomers 4-0
Southside Flyers 4-0
Adelaide Lightning 3-1
Uni of Canberra Capitals 2-2
Perth Lynx 1-3
Bendigo Spirit 1-3
Sydney Uni Flames 1-3
Townsville Fire 0-4



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PostPosted: 11/05/19 7:35 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

awhom111 already covered it, but anyway....

Round 4

Ariel Atkins made her debut for Perth, who went to OT for the 3rd time this season ... all of them losses. Mad
Bendigo beating Adelaide was a slight upset, as was Southside winning the battle of the 2 undefeated teams, seeing as they had played a tough game the night before while Melbourne were fresh.
Canberra avenged last week's loss to Sydney very emphatically.


Bendigo 67 (Wehrung 16p, Tobin 12p 12r, Skinner 11p, Ernst 8p 6r, Heal 8p, Wilson 7p 7a)
Adelaide 54 (Turner 21p 12r, Talbot 13p 10r, Nicholson 11p, Seekamp 9p 7a)
Boxscore

Canberra 91 (Nurse 21p 4a, Griffin 19p 8r 4a 3s, Froling 19p 7r, Epoupa 12p 8r 10a 4s, Rocci 10p 4a, Tolo 8p 9r)
Sydney 66 (Kunek 17p 5r, Kuster 16p, Planeta 9p, Wilson 7p 4a, Scherf 6p 9r 4a)
Boxscore

Perth 88 [OT] (Schwagmeyer 23p, Atkins 19p 7r 4a, Ebzery 14p 9a 3s, Whittle 13p, Mansfield 9p 3s, Allen 7p 5r)
Townsville 93 (Bishop 31p 11r 4a, Cocks 22p 5r 5a, Madgen 14p 9r 5a, Vanloo 9p, Garbin 8p 5r 3a, Carleton 8p 5r 3a)
Boxscore

Southside 93 (Cole 23p 4a, Blicavs 21p 3s, Mitchell 16p 6a, Russell 12p 15r 4a 3b, O'Hea 12p, Maley 6r)
Bendigo 80 (Tobin 16p 6r, Wilson 15p 7a, Wehrung 13p, Ernst 9p 6r, Heal 8p 5r, Lavey 6p 7a)
Boxscore

Melbourne 74 (George 22p 13r 3s, Allen 13p 6a, Cunningham 10p 6r 4a, Beck 8p, Purcell 6p 5r)
Southside 81 (Russell 19p 11r, Blicavs 16p, Cole 14p 6a, Mitchell 13p 4a, O'Hea 13p)
Boxscore


Ladder:
Southside Flyers 6-0
Melbourne Boomers 4-1
Adelaide Lightning 3-2
Canberra Capitals 3-2
Bendigo Spirit 2-4
Perth Lynx 1-4
Townsville Fire 1-4
Sydney Flames 1-4



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PostPosted: 11/09/19 8:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 5

An early round this weekend with the Opals leaving tomorrow morning for the Olympic pre-qualifiers. As a result there is no WNBL action next weekend.
The surprise of the round was Sydney Uni getting the W in Townsville. The rest went pretty much to script, although Canberra's margin over the previously-unbeaten Southside was pretty big.

Marianna Tolo is returning to form nicely after her injury, Brianna Turner & Kia Nurse are keeping their names in the MVP conversation, Katie Ebzery's strong recent form continued, Sophie Cunningham had her best WNBL game to date, and Olivia Epoupa is always worth tuning in to see ... which sadly is difficult. Most of the WNBL social media chat lately has been around how awful the live streaming has been so far. The first season of WNBA Live Access was pretty patchy, but the WNBL's effort is somehow way worse.


Sydney 82 (Kunek 22p 4a, Kuster 17p 6r, Wilson 16p, Tupaea 12p 8r, Planeta 11p 6r)
Townsville 73 (Garbin 19p 7r 3b, Bishop 14p 5r 7a 3s, Carleton 13p, Madgen 12p 5r)
Boxscore

Southside 72 (Mitchell 23p 5r, Russell 15p 5r, Cole 12p, Blicavs 11p 6r)
Canberra 91 (Nurse 21p, Froling 20p 10r, Tolo 16p 7r, Epoupa 15p 7a 3s, Griffin 14p 13r 3s)
Boxscore

Adelaide 105 (Turner 22p 8r, Talbot 18p 8a, Brook 16p 6r, Nicholson 16p, Seekamp 10p 9a, Hurst 6p 7r)
Bendigo 77 (Ernst 17p 6r, Heal 16p, Wilson 15p, Richards 8p, Wehrung 8p)
Boxscore

Melbourne 76 (Allen 18p 6a, Cunningham 18p, Magbegor 12p 5r, George 10p 8r 4a, Garrick 10p 5r, Purcell 5p 9r)
Canberra 79 (Nurse 22p, Griffin 18p 9r 5s, Tolo 18p 5r, Rocci 9p, Epoupa 5p 5r 8a 4s)
Boxscore

Perth 93 (Ebzery 28p 5a, Mansfield 13p 7a, Schwagmeyer 10p 9r 3s, Payne 10p, Whittle 10p, Allen 8p 9r 3b, Atkins 8p)
Sydney 74 (Planeta 23p 8r, Kunek 14p 5a, Scherf 8p 7r, Wilson 7p 4a)
Boxscore


Ladder:
Southside Flyers 6-1
Canberra Capitals 5-2
Melbourne Boomers 4-2
Adelaide Lightning 4-2
Perth Lynx 2-4
Bendigo Spirit 2-5
Sydney Flames 2-5
Townsville Fire 1-5



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Round 6

Sydney 82 (Wilson 16p 9a, Planeta 16p 9r, Scherf 14p 5r 4a, Kuster 13p 9r, Kunek 10p, Greaves 8p 5r)
Perth 91 (Schwagmeyer 25p 10r, Ebzery 20p, Atkins 12p 5r 4a, Allen 12p 6r, Whittle 8p 8r, Payne 8p)
Boxscore

Adelaide 57 (Seekamp 15p, Turner 10p 14r 3b, Brook 10p 5r, Rintala 9p 6r, Talbot 7p 9r, Nicholson 6p 5a)
Melbourne 71 (Allen 20p 6r 5a, Magbegor 13p 11r 4a, George 13p 7r 4a 3s 3b, Davidson 11p 9r, Purcell 2p 6r)
Boxscore

Townsville 59 (Bishop 20p 8r, Cocks 10p, Madgen 6p 6r)
Southside 91 (O'Hea 21p 7a, Cole 20p, Russell 17p 9r, Mitchell 13p 8a, Blicavs 12p 13r 4a, Maley 2p 7r)
Boxscore

Bendigo 59 (Wehrung 13p, Ernst 7p, Heal 7p, Tobin 6p 15r 4a, Richards 6p 8r)
Melbourne 75 (Allen 17p 4a, Garrick 12p 6r, George 10p 6r 6a, Magbegor 10p 7r)
Boxscore

Canberra 84 (Griffin 19p 15r, Nurse 18p 7r 6a, Rocci 13p, Tolo 12p 10r 4a 3b, Potter 9p, Froling 8p, Epoupa 5p 6a)
Perth 66 (Mansfield 23p 5r 4a, Schwagmeyer 19p 7r, Payne 10p 10r, Atkins 6p 5r)
Boxscore


Ladder:
Southside Flyers 7-1
Melbourne Boomers 6-2
Canberra Capitals 6-2
Adelaide Lightning 4-3
Perth Lynx 3-5
Bendigo Spirit 2-6
Sydney Flames 2-6
Townsville Fire 1-6



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Round 7

Things pretty much went to script again. Flames with an arguable upset over the Spirit in the lower end of the standings. Southside, Melbourne & Canberra all handled their business as expected.
Laura Hodges (nee Summerton) made her return to WNBL action following her maternity leave. Also in Adelaide, Kathryn Westbeld made her debut, as the replacement for Crystal Langhorne.

Bendigo 75 (Lavey 16p 5r 11a, Heal 13p, Skinner 12p 7r, Wilson 11p, Ernst 11p, Tobin 8p 16r 5a 3b)
Sydney 80 (Kuster 23p 11r, Wilson 17p 6r 8a, Kunek 17p, Planeta 15p, Scherf 3p 13r)
Boxscore

Perth 68 (Schwagmeyer 16p 5r, Ebzery 14p 8r 4a, Whittle 14p 5r, Atkins 8p 5r, Mansfield 6p 5a, Allen 4p 8r)
Southside 82 (Cole 21p, Russell 16p 7r 4s, Mitchell 15p 7a, O'Hea 13p 6r 5a, Blicavs 12p 8r)
Boxscore

Canberra 87 (Griffin 27p 7r, Nurse 24p, Froling 11p 6r, Tolo 10p 6r, Rocci 9p, Epoupa 3p 7r 6a)
Townsville 78 (Bishop 23p 5r, Vanloo 20p, Garbin 11p, Carleton 10p 7r, Madgen 6p 6r 6a)
Boxscore

Melbourne 94 (Garrick 26p 4a 3s, Magbegor 20p 5r, Cunningham 14p, Allen 11p 4a, Beck 10p, George 5p 14r 8a 4b)
Sydney 81 (Kunek 24p 5r, Planeta 17p 6r, Kuster 16p, Wilson 8p 5r 8a, Scherf 7p 6r 4a)
Boxscore

Adelaide 85 (Talbot 25p 8r, Westbeld 16p 6r, Nicholson 13p 7r 5a, Seekamp 11p 6a, Turner 8p 8r, Hurst 2p 4a)
Southside 91 (Russell 24p 14r, Mitchell 21p, Blicavs 20p 10r, Cole 18p 8a, O'Hea 8p 10r 5a)
Boxscore


Ladder:
Southside Flyers 9-1
Melbourne Boomers 7-2
Canberra Capitals 7-2
Adelaide Lightning 4-4
Perth Lynx 3-6
Sydney Flames 3-7
Bendigo Spirit 2-7
Townsville Fire 1-7



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PostPosted: 12/01/19 10:06 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

What's the deal with Kia Nurse? She went from leading the league at 37 mpg to suddenly coming off the bench. I know Kia's shooting has been crappy, but if the coach liked her enough to keep her on the floor for 37 mpg, then it would be a drastic change of heart to suddenly reduce her PT to 21 minutes. Is Kia injured?



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PostPosted: 12/01/19 4:55 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I very much doubt it is shooting-related. Might be just a load management thing for her. Kinda makes sense matchup-wise vs Townsville too. I wouldn't read too much into it.



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