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PostPosted: 10/24/16 8:44 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

CamrnCrz1974 wrote:
awhom, thank you and Luuuc (and everyone else) for the updates.

Is Kathleen Scheer playing in the WNBL this year, or was she just on the Bendigo team that played in the local leagues in the offseason?

Also, what is Jessica Foley up to? I know she retired. Is she coaching?


Sorry if my updates on the Duke forum are not specific enough.

Leener did not play in the WNBL last season either. I don't know how much of the offseason she spends in Australia, but she might be close to qualifying for permanent residency, which would make her a better candidate for the WNBL even though she has been spectacular in the SEABL for a while.

Jess is player-coaching in the Adelaide winter league for the Norwood Flames. Her players include now-BC freshman Taylor Ortlepp. It is hard to know how long she will be able to play as she got injured in both of the seasons she has coached so far although she was still the MVP in 2015. Jo Hill (allegedly) played her last season this year in her mid-forties in the leagueand was still easily scoring in double figures. Jess should also be close to her degree.


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PostPosted: 10/31/16 6:08 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 4

Tomorrow is the Melbourne Cup - a public holiday in Melbourne, so we had a Monday night game there to finish this round. The traditional Boomers-Rangers rivalry produced a thriller in front of a packed house (2200 is a massive crowd by WNBL standards)
Earlier in the round we saw some unexpected results as the top 2 teams both lost, and so did Townsville. Bendigo the big movers this weekend after conquering a seriously tough road double, led by Canadian Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who would have to be in the league MVP conversation atm. Here in Perth the Lynx feasted on the inexperienced Lightning. Stat of the round would have to be Mikaela Ruef pulling down 22 boards on Friday night. That is yuge.

Canberra 64 (Mansfield 13p 7a, Ruef 12p 22r, Tolo 12p 8r 3b, Gwathmey 11p 6r, Gaze 9p)
Melbourne 55 (Thompson 9p 9r, Kunek 9p 6r, Garrick 8p 5r, Smart 8p, Cole 8p, Black 4p 5r)
Boxscore

Dandenong 85 (Cumming 24p 5a, Scherf 17p 5r, Blicavs 17p 5a, Malott 16p 6r)
Bendigo 94 (Raincock-Ekunwe 19p 11r, Griffin 16p, Harrington 15p, Payne 14p 9r, Karaitiana 14p, Richards 10p) (Dietrick 2p 4a)
Boxscore
YouTube

Townsville 62 (Batkovic 20p 5r, Cocks 10p, Murray 9p 7r, Standish 6p 6r, Cloud 4p 3a)
Bendigo 74 (Raincock-Ekunwe 14p 10r, Harrington 13p, Griffin 12p 9r, Karaitiana 10p 7r, Payne 9p 5r, Richards 8p 8r) (Dietrick 2p 3r)
Boxscore

Perth 95 (Whitcomb 29p 6r 9a, Mijovic 19p 6r, Lavey 14p 4s, Edmondson 13p 5r 6a, Hamblin 12p 10r)
Adelaide 63 (Hodges 21p 7r, Planeta 9p, Logic 8p 6r 10a, Roberts 8p 6r)
Boxscore
YouTube

Melbourne 67 (Garrick 18p 5r, Black 16p 13r, Smart 16p 5r)
Dandenong 69 (Blicavs 28p 6r, Clydesdale 15p, Cumming 8p, Todhunter 6p 12r 5s, Malott 4p 8r)
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Ladder:
Dandenong Rangers 4-2
Bendigo Spirit 4-2
Perth Lynx 4-2
UC Capitals 3-2
Melbourne Boomers 3-3
Sydney Uni Flames 2-2
Townsville Fire 2-3
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PostPosted: 11/03/16 10:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Former WNBA player Chante Black finds her place at the Melbourne Boomers on return to basketball

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/sport/former-wnba-player-chante-black-finds-her-place-at-the-melbourne-boomers-on-return-to-basketball/news-story/60a5ccce430810e94338961171654da7?nk=77a100dca1cd42bfda8bf13f9ae7be41-1478185984

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The 196cm former WNBA centre has settled into the Melbourne Boomers’ line-up and produced a breakout game in Monday night’s WNBL derby with 16 points and 13 rebounds, nine offensive, against Dandenong.


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“My start has been a combination of a lot of things - from me not playing for two years to getting used to a new team, a new league and I’ve had a knee injury,’’ she said.

“I’m feeling good now and am excited for the season.”



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PostPosted: 11/05/16 8:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Both of today's games are being live streamed for any night owls / insomniacs here.

Dandenong Rangers vs Canberra Capitals
2pm Melbourne time = 11pm USA Eastern
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Perth Lynx vs Melbourne Boomers [url=]YouTube[/url]
2pm Perth time = 2am USA Eastern
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PostPosted: 11/05/16 9:15 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Both of today's games are being live streamed for any night owls / insomniacs here.

Dandenong Rangers vs Canberra Capitals
2pm Melbourne time = 11pm USA Eastern
YouTube

Perth Lynx vs Melbourne Boomers [url=]YouTube[/url]
2pm Perth time = 2am USA Eastern
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Daylight or standard time? We're changing to standard tonight at midnight. Don't know if you Aussies do this dance with us or not.



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PostPosted: 11/05/16 9:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Daylight Savings for USA starting at 2:00 AM.

2:00 AM turns to 1:00 AM



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PostPosted: 11/05/16 10:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Oops, sorry about that. In that case, yeah, that Perth game will be 1am Eastern. Thanks for the correction.
Rangers game about to tip off.



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PostPosted: 11/06/16 1:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I can see the WNBL opening up their league to foreign stars as it could boost interest, but I don't agree with importing foreign non-stars. Give the job to the locals.


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PostPosted: 11/06/16 4:12 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 5

Canberra fell to Bendigo, but led by Lauren Mansfield they bounced back to upset Dandenong the next day. Townsville made it to overtime on a remarkable shot (Clip 1) (Clip 2) by Suzy Batkovic and then scraped past Sydney in the extra period. Melbourne were shell shocked in the 1st quarter in Perth and never recovered. 3 minutes into the game it was already 15-0 so coach subbed out their entire starting 5 and left them on the bench for the rest of the quarter.

Bendigo 70 (Raincock-Ekunwe 22p 8r, Griffin 14p 12r, Richards 13p 9r, Karaitiana 10p) (Dietrick 2p)
Canberra 58 (Tolo 19p 7r 4b, Mansfield 16p 7r 6a, Ruef 10p 7r, Froling 5p 7r, Gwathmey 5p)
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Townsville 85 (OT) (Standish 22p 5r, Murray 20p 5a, Batkovic 16p 12r, Wilson 10p 7a)
Sydney Uni 83 (Mitchell 16p 5r 5a, Wilson 13p 5r, Taylor 12p 13r 6a, Snell 12p 8r 5a, Boag 12p, Hamson 8p)
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Dandenong 70 (Cumming 22p 6a, Blicavs 14p 11r, Malott 14p)
Canberra 83 (Mansfield 29p 6r 5a, Tolo 18p 11r 7a 5b, Wilson 12p, Gaze 7p, Ruef 6p 7r, Gwathmey 6p)
Boxscore
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Perth 90 (Whitcomb 21p 4s, Mijovic 20p 6r, Edmondson 16p, Lee 11p Lavey 8p 5r 8a 4s, Hamblin 6p 11r 3b, Burton 6p 7r)
Melbourne 59 (Smart 16p, Garrick 14p, Bowen 10p, Black 4p 7r)
Boxscore
YouTube


Ladder:
Bendigo Spirit 5-2
Perth Lynx 5-2
UC Capitals 4-3
Dandenong Rangers 4-3
Townsville Fire 3-3
Melbourne Boomers 3-4
Sydney Uni Flames 2-3
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Round 6

Townsville got their mojo back this weekend with 2 tough road wins. The one against Bendigo leaves Perth in sole possession of top spot. Dandenong bounced back from last week's loss to Canberra by crushing them on Saturday. Melbourne continued their slide and are now in danger of losing touch with the top 6 teams.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe continued her great form and would have to be the frontrunner for POTM so far. Asia Taylor has been impressive in recent weeks as well.

Sydney Uni 87 (Taylor 20p 7r 7a, Boag 16p 10r, Snell 15p 5r 8a, Mitchell 14p 8a, Wilson 14p 6r)
Melbourne 75 (Bowen 19p, Smart 12p 6r 5a, Cunningham 12p, Kunek 10p 5r, Black 8p 6r)
Boxscore
YouTube

Dandenong 82 (Cumming 18p 5r 5a, Clydesdale 12p, Kennedy 12p, Scherf 9p 5r) (Malott 7p)
Canberra 63 (Tolo 11p 9r, Ruef 11p 7r, Gaze 11p, Mansfield 10p 6r) (Gwathmey 7p 3a)
Boxscore
YouTube Part 1; Part 2

Bendigo 69 (Raincock-Ekunwe 20p 10r, Griffin 15p 7r, Payne 12p 5r) (Dietrick 2p)
Townsville 71 (Batkovic 18p 8r, Kame 16p 6r, Cloud 12p, Murray 10p)
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Adelaide 63 (Planeta 24p 9r, Good 8p 8r, Roberts 7p 5r, Logic 6p 6r 7a)
Perth 75 (Whitcomb 23p, Lavey 14p 5r, Lee 12p, Hamblin 4p 10r)
Boxscore
YouTube

Melbourne 72 (Kunek 21p 5r 6a, Smart 19p 7r, Cole 15p 5a, Black 9p 4r)
Townsville 74 (Batkovic 16p 8r, Standish 16p, Garbin 15p 7r, Cloud 9p 7a, Kame 9p 6r)
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Ladder
Perth Lynx 6-2
Bendigo Spirit 5-3
Dandenong Rangers 5-3
Townsville Fire 5-3
Sydney Uni Flames 3-3
UC Capitals 4-4
Melbourne Boomers 3-6
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PostPosted: 11/13/16 6:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Round 6

Townsville got their mojo back this weekend with 2 tough road wins. The one against Bendigo leaves Perth in sole possession of top spot. Dandenong bounced back from last week's loss to Canberra by crushing them on Saturday. Melbourne continued their slide and are now in danger of losing touch with the top 6 teams.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe continued her great form and would have to be the frontrunner for POTM so far. Asia Taylor has been impressive in recent weeks as well.

Sydney Uni 87 (Taylor 20p 7r 7a, Boag 16p 10r, Snell 15p 5r 8a, Mitchell 14p 8a, Wilson 14p 6r)
Melbourne 75 (Bowen 19p, Smart 12p 6r 5a, Cunningham 12p, Kunek 10p 5r, Black 8p 6r)
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Dandenong 82 (Cumming 18p 5r 5a, Clydesdale 12p, Kennedy 12p, Scherf 9p 5r) (Malott 7p)
Canberra 63 (Tolo 11p 9r, Ruef 11p 7r, Gaze 11p, Mansfield 10p 6r) (Gwathmey 7p 3a)
Boxscore
YouTube Part 1; Part 2

Bendigo 69 (Raincock-Ekunwe 20p 10r, Griffin 15p 7r, Payne 12p 5r) (Dietrick 2p)
Townsville 71 (Batkovic 18p 8r, Kame 16p 6r, Cloud 12p, Murray 10p)
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Adelaide 63 (Planeta 24p 9r, Good 8p 8r, Roberts 7p 5r, Logic 6p 6r 7a)
Perth 75 (Whitcomb 23p, Lavey 14p 5r, Lee 12p, Hamblin 4p 10r)
Boxscore
YouTube

Melbourne 72 (Kunek 21p 5r 6a, Smart 19p 7r, Cole 15p 5a, Black 9p 4r)
Townsville 74 (Batkovic 16p 8r, Standish 16p, Garbin 15p 7r, Cloud 9p 7a, Kame 9p 6r)
Boxscore
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Ladder
Perth Lynx 6-2
Bendigo Spirit 5-3
Dandenong Rangers 5-3
Townsville Fire 5-3
Sydney Uni Flames 3-3
UC Capitals 4-4
Melbourne Boomers 3-6
Adelaide Lightning 0-7


Still can;t get used to the concept of Perth being a good team Smile
BTW, Who owns Sami Whitcombs rights?



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PostPosted: 11/13/16 7:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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Still can;t get used to the concept of Perth being a good team Smile
BTW, Who owns Sami Whitcombs rights?

Yeah it's quite a shock to the system after 15 years of sucking! Still hoping we replace Monica Wright ASAP though because our early schedule has been soft. It gets tougher now.

No one owns Sami's rights. She was undrafted in 2010, made a brief camp appearance with the Sky, and that is the extent of her WNBA involvement.
Someone should definitely take a look at her next year. She is just non-stop energy at both ends of the court, and she's smart. I love her game.



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I noticed Hamson was out for Sydney's game. Is she injured?



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toad455 wrote:
I noticed Hamson was out for Sydney's game. Is she injured?

Yes, knee injury, but only minor. She is a chance to be back in action next game.



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PostPosted: 11/18/16 6:45 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just watched Sami Whitcomb score 33 points in a half (11/14) vs Bendigo.

<iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VQHyU_1jYGw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



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A WNBA team should really give Whitcomb a look, if not just for her 3 pt shooting prowess alone



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PostPosted: 11/19/16 6:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Luuuc wrote:
Just watched Sami Whitcomb score 33 points in a half (11/14) vs Bendigo.

<iframe width="854" height="480" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VQHyU_1jYGw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


I'm going to assume Sandy knows about her..... Very Happy



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PostPosted: 11/20/16 12:52 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Round 7

The most visible round yet, with the first 4 games all being live streamed, and Sydney usually post their games on YouTube a couple of days later so it could be 5/5 available to see.
Bendigo Spirit moved to first place with a quality road win over Perth, followed by brushing the Lightning aside the next day. Dandenong won the Melbourne Derby this afternoon after a late scare. Townsville's luck on the road ended, losing 2 close ones this weekend to Canberra and then Sydney.
There is really not a lot separating the top 6 teams atm, which is keeping things very interesting.

Perth 71 (Whitcomb 39p 6r, Mijovic 11p 11r 3b, Edmondson 10p 5r, Hamblin 7p 3r)
Bendigo 84 (Griffin 31p 8r, Raincock-Ekunwe 18p 6r, Oliver 8p, Richards 4p 9r, Dietrick 4p 3r)
Boxscore
YouTube

Canberra 81 (Gaze 18p, Tolo 17p 5b, Mansfield 15p 6a, Ruef 14p 17r, Gwathmey 6p)
Townsville 77 (Batkovic 27p 11r, Murray 13p 6r 5a, Standish 13p, Cloud 12p 5r 4a 4s)
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YouTube

Adelaide 51 (Good 13p, Roberts 12p 6r, Nagy 11p, Logic 4p 5r 6a)
Bendigo 74 (Payne 13p 8r, Spencer 12p, Griffin 10p 8r, Raincock-Ekunwe 10p, Harrington 10p, Dietrick 6p 4r)
Boxscore
YouTube

Dandenong 78 (Cumming 22p, Blicavs 14p, Clydesdale 12p, Malott 11p 8r, Kennedy 9p 6r 3b)
Melbourne 69 (Smart 16p, Black 12p 12r, Cole 12p 9a, Thompson 11p)
Boxscore
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Sydney 78 (Taylor 25p 11r, Wilson 15p, Boag 9p 5r, Mitchell 8p 5r 8a)
Townsville 72 (Batkovic 28p 8r 5a, Cloud 15p 5r 7a, Standish 14p 7r)
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Ladder

Bendigo Spirit 7-3
Dandenong Rangers 6-3
Perth Lynx 6-3
Sydney Uni Flames 4-3
UC Capitals 5-4
Townsville Fire 5-5
Melbourne Boomers 3-7
Adelaide Lightning 0-8



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PostPosted: 11/20/16 5:05 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Wonder if Raincock-Ekunwe gets a look in a WNBA camp somewhere next year. I quite liked her during the Olympics, and she's not doing herself any harm with her numbers in Australia. That said, Asia Taylor's lighting up the WNBL, and she's struggled to make much impact in her glimpses of WNBA action. Either one probably needs to luck into the right situation to stick on a WNBA roster.



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Jet Jaguar wrote:
A WNBA team should really give Whitcomb a look, if not just for her 3 pt shooting prowess alone


She has a real quick release and can shoot off the dribble. 2 things that are important if she wants to stick on a wnba roster.



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Wonder if Raincock-Ekunwe gets a look in a WNBA camp somewhere next year. I quite liked her during the Olympics, and she's not doing herself any harm with her numbers in Australia. That said, Asia Taylor's lighting up the WNBL, and she's struggled to make much impact in her glimpses of WNBA action. Either one probably needs to luck into the right situation to stick on a WNBA roster.

My concern with Nayo is the tweener factor. In the context of the WNBL she is quick and athletic, but step up to the WNBA and I'd be worried that she becomes too small of a player to not have a good mid-range game. Though I say that having not seen as many Spirit games as I'd have liked.
And yes Asia is the other interesting one. I think that a confidence-building season down here could be a good boost for her, but there is still that issue of the WNBL kinda being "half a size" smaller than the elite level.



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Just saw on the Perth Lynx twitter that Brianna Butler (Syracuse) just signed with them. With Whitcomb and her they are going to lead the world in 3 pointers. Lol



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Just saw on the Perth Lynx twitter that Brianna Butler (Syracuse) just signed with them. With Whitcomb and her they are going to lead the world in 3 pointers. Lol

Carley Mijovic puts up almost as many attempts as Sami does so yeah it's an interesting signing. I thought we'd go for someone a bit bigger to help on the boards, to fill the role that Betnijah Laney played so well for us last season. To me that's a bigger area of need in the longer term. Oh well, perimeter barrage it is then. That could be fun too. Smile

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Luuuc wrote:
Jet Jaguar wrote:
Just saw on the Perth Lynx twitter that Brianna Butler (Syracuse) just signed with them. With Whitcomb and her they are going to lead the world in 3 pointers. Lol

Carley Mijovic puts up almost as many attempts as Sami does so yeah it's an interesting signing. I thought we'd go for someone a bit bigger to help on the boards, to fill the role that Betnijah Laney played so well for us last season. To me that's a bigger area of need in the longer term. Oh well, perimeter barrage it is then. That could be fun too. Smile

Lynx sign American sharp-shooter Brianna Butler

Maybe they meant to sign Briana Butler (nee Gilbreath). Wouldn't be the first time in sports that a team made that kind of screw-up Smile.



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Melbourne Boomers have released Chante Black

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The Deakin Melbourne Boomers has parted ways with import Chante Black, and today waived her from the playing roster.

Boomers General Manager, Justin Nelson, said the decision was not taken lightly.

“We want to thank Chante for her time here. While it didn’t work out as we had hoped, we wish her well for the future,” he said.

“It’s been a busy five months for our club, and our key focus over the next phase is to ensure we are building a successful team.”


http://wnbl.com.au/deakin-melbourne-boomers-announcement/

Boomers in scapegoating mode IMO after a disappointing start to the season.



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PostPosted: 11/26/16 8:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

There's an early game today in case anyone is in the mood for some WNBL

Perth Lynx @ Uni of Canberra Capitals
Tip-off in ~ 90 minutes [10pm Eastern]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO6OQxtEeAQ

Plenty of players with WNBA and/or Opals ties involved in this one, including Sami Whitcomb, Carley Mijovic, Brianna Butler, Ruth Hamblin & Tessa Lavey for Perth, and Marianna Tolo, Mikaela Ruef, Lauren Mansfield & Jazmon Gwathmey for Canberra.



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cool. Thanks for the info. I'll give it a look.



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well the guys announcing are hilarious anyway.



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well the guys announcing are hilarious anyway.

I did enjoy the dinner comment. (Not sure what relevance it has to anything)
Video feed is just a little stutter unfortunately.



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too blokey Laughing Laughing



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Round 8

More interesting results this round, with Hamson returning to the Sydney lineup to help them defeat Bendigo in OT, Perth inflicting a home loss on Townsville, and then Canberra taking Perth down. Adelaide predictably lost both of their games, although they did manage to keep both good opponents within arm's reach for large parts of both games.

Sydney 93 [OT] (Mitchell 18p 11a, Hamson 17p 10r 4b, Taylor 16p 10r 5a, Snell 16p, Boag 10p)
Bendigo 86 (Griffin 27p 10r 6s, Raincock-Ekunwe 22p 12r, Richards 14p, Dietrick 9p)
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Townsville 85 (Standish 24p 12r, Murray 18p 7r, Cocks 14p 9r, Batkovic 12p 9r, Garbin 11p 5r, Cloud 4p 9a)
Perth 89 (Whitcomb 22p 6r 5a, Mijovic 20p 9r, Edmondson 18p 11r, Lavey 10p 7a, Hamblin 8p 5r, Butler 6p)
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Dandenong 77 (Scherf 21p 12r, Blicavs 17p 16r, Cumming 16p, Clydesdale 9p, Kennedy 8p, Malott 5p 4r)
Adelaide 64 (Hodges 18p, Planeta 17p 5r, Logic 10p)
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Canberra 87 (Tolo 25p 8r 7a, Gwathmey 15p 7r, Mansfield 14p 5r 6a, Ruef 12p 11r, Wehrung 12p)
Perth 82 (Whitcomb 36p 5r, Mijovic 17p 9r, Edmondson 13p, Hamblin 5p 3r)
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Bendigo 69 (Raincock-Ekunwe 14p 7r, Dietrick 14p, Richards 11p 5r, Oliver 11p, Griffin 8p 5a)
Adelaide 51 (Hodges 20p 10r, Planeta 9p 6r, Logic 4p 7r)
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Ladder:
Dandenong Rangers 7-3
Bendigo Spirit 8-4
Perth Lynx 7-4
Sydney Uni Flames 5-3
UC Capitals 6-4
Townsville Fire 5-6
Melbourne Boomers 3-7
Adelaide Lightning 0-10



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Melbourne Boomers (who released Chante Black last week) have signed Kalisha Keane.

http://wnbl.com.au/boomers-secure-canadian-kalisha-keane/

This must be a record for the number of Canadians playing in the WNBL.



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Sami Whitcomb chases WNBA dream amid stellar WNBL season

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/basketball/whit-hot-perth-lynx-star-sami-whitcomb-chases-wnba-dream-amid-stellar-wnbl-season/news-story/a5594f901f354cb1c4684a88de3d8552

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At 28, Whitcomb’s success is apt reward for a career spent overcoming the odds to prove she belongs.

After a solid college career, the California native was the last player cut from tryouts for WNBA side Chicago Sky in 2010.



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A permanent Australian resident, Whitcomb hopes to become naturalised next year to open up the possibility of a national playing role with the Opals.


Is she an American?

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“We have WNBA girls who come out here, high draft picks, and Sam has it over them easily."


This guy kinda sounds like jet jaguar. Wink



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Shades wrote:
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A permanent Australian resident, Whitcomb hopes to become naturalised next year to open up the possibility of a national playing role with the Opals.


Is she an American?

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“We have WNBA girls who come out here, high draft picks, and Sam has it over them easily."


This guy kinda sounds like jet jaguar. Wink

Yes she's American. And I think it's pretty obvious by now that talent and skill are not deal makers for the WNBA. If it was about that there are a lot of players who would be playing and a lot that wouldn't be. I'm actually not completely sure what they want.



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Shades wrote:
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“We have WNBA girls who come out here, high draft picks, and Sam has it over them easily."


This guy kinda sounds like jet jaguar. Wink

In what way?



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Round 9

One of those rare round when things went pretty much to the script.
Sydney held Asia Taylor out of this round as a precaution due to a concussion, which may have cost them the game against Dandenong, but didn't stop them dispensing with Melbourne. Perth hung on against a determined Townsville, and today Dandenong consolidated top spot with a win in Bendigo.
It sets up what should be an excellent contest next round when Dandenong travel to Perth for the first WNBL game ever to be broadcast live on commercial tv.

Canberra 83 (Ruef 26p 10r, Mansfield 22p 5r, Tolo 20p 9r) (Gwathmey 2p 2r 3a)
Melbourne 59 (Smart 21p, Kunek 11p, Cole 10p 7r)
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Perth 80 (Whitcomb 25p, Mijovic 20p 8r, Hamblin 14p 8r, Lavey 10p 6r 6a) (Butler 2p)
Townsville 73 (Batkovic 25p 13r, Standish 16p 8r, Murray 12p 7a) (Cloud 2p 3r 4a 3s)
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Adelaide 54 (Hodges 15p 7r, Logic 9p 7r)
Townsville 72 (Murray 26p 5r, Batkovic 18p 19r 6a, Cocks 11p 5r, Standish 10p 5r 4s) (Cloud 3p 5r 4a)
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Dandenong 91 (Malott 22p, Blicavs 19p 8r 5a, Cumming 17p 6a, Todhunter 13p 11r) (Novosel 3p)
Sydney 83 (Snell 27p 7r 6a, Wilson 20p 6r, Mitchell 14p 7a, Hamson 11p 7r)
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Melbourne 71 (Kunek 21p 5r, Cole 14p, Smart 11p 7r, Garrick 10p 6r, Keane 10p 4r)
Sydney 80 (Mitchell 25p 5a, Hamson 19p 11r, Nicholson 11p 8r)
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Bendigo 69 (Griffin 19p 10r, Richards 19p 5r, Raincock-Ekunwe, 17p 12r) (Dietrick 2p 2r 2a)
Dandenong 77 (Blicavs 20p, Cumming 17p 8r, Malott 15p
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Ladder:

Dandenong Rangers 9-3
Perth Lynx 8-4
UC Capitals 7-4
Bendigo Spirit 8-5
Sydney Uni Flames 6-4
Townsville Fire 6-7
Melbourne Boomers 3-9
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Melbourne Boomers (who released Chante Black last week) have signed Kalisha Keane.

http://wnbl.com.au/boomers-secure-canadian-kalisha-keane/

This must be a record for the number of Canadians playing in the WNBL.


Any word as to why Chante Black was released?


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CamrnCrz1974 wrote:
Luuuc wrote:
Melbourne Boomers (who released Chante Black last week) have signed Kalisha Keane.

http://wnbl.com.au/boomers-secure-canadian-kalisha-keane/

This must be a record for the number of Canadians playing in the WNBL.


Any word as to why Chante Black was released?


I haven't heard anything substantial ... not that that means much! My assumption is that they thought they were getting a post player who would be fairly dominant in this league, so when her numbers didn't live up to that (7.4 points & 7.1 rebounds in 26 minutes per game) she became an easy scapegoat for the team's poor start to the season. (Not that they're actually too bad, but the top 6 teams are all vert strong this season so you only need to be slightly off as a team to find yourself in 7th place). Also, Melbourne are a club on a budget so if they spent a good chunk of their budget on her they would expect numbers.
The fact that they replaced her with someone who is only 6'1 is the thing that makes me wonder if there was something else that wasn't right about the fit, because that seems a strange choice for a team lacking size.



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Round 10

A little separation at the top of the ladder for the first time this season, as Dandenong won their road double, including a convincing win over Perth. Sydney stumbled after losing Snell to injury and taking Taylor out as a precaution, though they still managed to beat Canberra. Adelaide & Melbourne both continued their long losing streaks, with Batkovic feasting on the undersized Boomers. Adelaide's luck went from bad to worse with Laura Hodges injuring her hamstring.

Canberra 73 (Tolo 19p 6r, Wehrung 15p, Mansfield 13p 6r, Ruef 12p 11r 5a, Gwathmey 12p 5r)
Sydney 84 (Mitchell 23p 6a, Wilson 17p, Nicholson 16p 6r, Hamson 12p 10r, Taylor 8p)
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Adelaide 64 (Planeta 23p 8r, Hodges 19p 7r, Logic 8p 8a)
Dandenong 79 (Blicavs 25p 13r, Cumming 15p 7r, Clydesdale 11p, Malott 9p, Todhunter 8p 5r, Novosel 5p 5r)
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Sydney 55 (Hamson 16p 8r, Wilson 10p 6r, Mitchell 10p 5r)
Bendigo 70 (Karaitiana 17p, Griffin 13p 9r 5s, Richards 12p 11r, Raincock-Ekunwe 8p 6r 5s, Dietrick 7p)
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Townsville 93 (Batkovic 34p 14r, Standish 18p 7r, Murray 13p, Kame 11p, Cloud 5p 8r 4a)
Melbourne 66 (Cunningham 15p 11r, Kunek 13p 6r, Smart 13p)
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Perth 71 (Hamblin 14p 10r, Edmondson 14p, Mijovic 13p 7r, Lavey 11p 5a, Butler 11p)
Dandenong 92 (Cumming 22p 11r, Malott 19p 5r, Clydesdale 15p, Novosel 12p)
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Ladder:
Dandenong Rangers 11-3
Bendigo Spirit 9-5
Perth Lynx 8-5
UC Capitals 7-5
Sydney Uni Flames 7-5
Townsville Fire 7-7
Melbourne Boomers 3-10
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Might be the first really off game of the year for Whitcomb



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Round 11

Winless Adelaide gave Townsville a serious fright to start the round, but couldn't close it out. Meanwhile Bendigo was Part 1 of an awful weekend for Canberra. Saturday saw Sydney get Asia Taylor back and take down 1st-placed Dandenong, while Melbourne broke their long losing streak with a big win over Canberra. Today Adelaide came to Perth and will probably leave wondering why they bothered.

Adelaide 68 (Planeta 20p 13r, Logic 17p 8r 6a, Roberts 13p 5r, Ciabattoni 8p 8r)
Townsville 74 (Batkovic 24p 9r, Murray 14p 10r, Standish 14p 8r) (Cloud 4p 5a)
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Bendigo 70 (Griffin 26p 10r, Raincock-Ekunwe 11p 12r, Harrington 10p) (Dietrick 4p 2r)
Canberra 60 (Tolo 22p 5r, Ruef 13p 11r, Gwathmey 11p)
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Sydney 82 (Taylor 18p 5r, Boag 12p 6r, Hamson 10p 12r 5b, Mitchell 10p 7r 10a, Wilson 10p 9r)
Dandenong 67 (Cumming 15p, Clydesdale 15p, Novosel 14p 5r, Malott 8p, Blicavs 7p 12r)
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Melbourne 70 (Garrick 11p 7r, Smart 10p 6r 6a, Kunek 9p)
Canberra 50 (Ruef 17p 17r, Tolo 17p 7r) (Gwathmey 4p 5r 3a)
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Perth 102 (Whitcomb 26p 5r 5a 5s, Edmondson 24p, Mijovic 15p 6r, Butler 10p, Hamblin 8p 6r 7b)
Adelaide 52 (Planeta 17p, Roberts 13p) (Logic 3p 5r 3a)
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Ladder:
Dandenong Rangers 11-4
Bendigo Spirit 10-5
Perth Lynx 9-5
Sydney Uni Flames 8-5
Townsville Fire 8-7
UC Capitals 7-7
Melbourne Boomers 4-10
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Round 12

This was a mini-round of just 3 games, in which Adelaide & Melbourne continued their losing ways, and the big winners were Sydney Uni. They had 2 road wins in consecutive nights, including a huge one over Perth. Asia Taylor was particularly impressive, showing an ability to create off the dribble that I hadn't noticed before.

Adelaide 72 (Logic 17p 7r, Planeta 17p 7r, Roberts 12p)
Sydney 89 (Taylor 26p 14r, Wilson 18p 5r 7a, Hamson 12p 14r, Mitchell 11p, Graham 11p)
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Perth 69 (Whitcomb 22p 5r 5a, Lavey 11p 9r, Hamblin 11p 6r)
Sydney 93 (Mitchell 27p, Taylor 21p 13r 8a, Hamson 11p 7r, Graham 11p, Wilson 10p 6r)
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Townsville 88 (Batkovic 18p 15r, Cocks 17p, Murray 15p 5r, Kame 13p 5r, Cloud 9p, Standish 8p 6r)
Melbourne 75 (Garrick 19p 5r, Smart 16p 6r, Thompson 14p 8r, Kunek 13p 7r) (Keane 1p 4r)
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Round 13

All teams were back in action this weekend, with the 3 that had the extra week of holidays all looking pretty rusty.
Just when you think you've got a handle on this league ... Adelaide registered their first win of the season, on the road and with Hodges still not back from injury. Roberts & Planeta both with huge games against the undersized Boomers. Then less than 24 hours later, they went to Dandenong and knocked off the first-placed Rangers. Roberts with another great game, and 18yo Anneli Maley - who only joined the team a few weeks ago - playing a big role in the win too.
That left the door open for Sydney, who have been on a nice winning streak, to join the Rangers at the top. But they blew it and managed to lose at home to Canberra. Go figure.
Perth, with a healthy roster for the first time this season, broke their franshise record score as they blew the rusty Bendigo team away.

Townsville 93 (Batkovic 19p 12r, Kame 16p 5r, Cocks 14p, Garbin 13p 8r, Standish 12p 6r, Cloud 8p 5r 8a)
Canberra 60 (Mansfield 16p, Ruef 13p 12r) (Gwathmey DNP - illness)
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Melbourne 67 (Garrick 14p 7r, Kunek 14p 6r, Thompson 12p 7r, Cole 12p, Keane 9p)
Adelaide 71 (Roberts 22p 13r, Planeta 15p 15r 6b, Logic 12p 6a, Elsworthy 10p)
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Perth 108 (Whitcomb 34p 6a, Hamblin 21p 8r 5b, Mijovic 11p 7r, Lavey 10p, Lee 10p) (Butler 3p 3r)
Bendigo 67 (Raincock-Ekunwe 17p 5r, Dietrick 16p 6r, Karaitiana 10p, Griffin 5p 5r 4a)
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Dandenong 73 (Blicavs 19p 5r, Malott 18p 8r, Cumming 12p 5r, Novosel 8p 6a)
Adelaide 80 (Roberts 21p 8r, Maley 16p 9r, Logic 13p 5r, Planeta 11p)
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Sydney 73 (Wilson 16p, Boag 15p 8r, Taylor 12p 6r 5a, Mitchell 11p 8a, Hamson 5p 4r)
Canberra 76 (Gaze 18p, Tolo 12p 8r, Wehrung 12p, Ruef 9p 5r, Mansfield 9p, Wilson 9p, Gwathmey 7p 5a)
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Ladder:

Dandenong Rangers 11-5
Sydney Uni Flames 10-6
Perth Lynx 10-6
Bendigo Spirit 10-6
Townsville Fire 10-7
UC Capitals 8-8
Melbourne Boomers 4-12
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Round 14

An unusually early start & finish to this round. Only 4 games ... no idea why ... but all 4 went right down to the wire. The nice news was Laura Hodges and Belinda Snell both overcoming their injuries and returning to action.
Suzy Batkovic played her 300th WNBL game and had a good one, but her team failed to get the win. Canberra's win lifts them to within striking distance of the top 4.
Dandenong celebrated their 25th anniversary with nearly all of their past players in attendance, including flying Penny Taylor home for the weekend. They nearly blew it too, but managed to force OT and then stormed home from there to hang on to top spot.

Adelaide 74 (Planeta 18p 7r, Hodges 14p, Roberts 12p 9r, Logic 10p 5r 10a, Maley 9p 5r)
Sydney 77 (Wilson 15p, Snell 14p, Mitchell 12p 5a, Hamson 9p 8r, Taylor 9p 4r)
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Bendigo 68 (Griffin 17p 9r 4b, Raincock-Ekunwe 13p, Dietrick 13p, Payne 10p)
Sydney 71 (Mitchell 25p 5a, Snell 11p 5a, Tupaea 9p, Hamson 8p 7r, Taylor 8p 10r)
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Dandenong 73 [OT] (Malott 24p 8r, Novosel 18p, Cumming 14p 7r 5a, Blicavs 12p 9r)
Melbourne 61 (Smart 18p 5r, Thompson 12p 9r, Garrick 10p 6r, Bowen 8p)
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Canberra 73 (Tolo 17p 8r 4b, Mansfield 15p 7r, Ruef 9p 6r 6s, Gwathmey 9p)
Townsville 67 (Batkovic 23p 12r 5a, Murray 16p 6r, Standish 10p 6r)
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Ladder:

DANDENONG RANGERS 12-5
SYDNEY UNI FLAMES 12-6
PERTH LYNX 10-6
BENDIGO SPIRIT 10-7
TOWNSVILLE FIRE 10-8
UC CAPITALS 9-8
MELBOURNE BOOMERS 4-13
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Round 15

Bendigo Spirit were the big losers this week as Townsville trounced them and took their place in the top 4. They're hurting without their starting PG. Canberra boosted their playoff hopes with another win, so things remain very tight from positions 3-6.
At the top, Dandenong annihilated Adelaide, and Sydney Uni had an impressive with over Perth.

Townsville 87 (Batkovic 28p 14r, Murray 18p, Standish 10p 5r, Garbin 10p, Cloud 9p 7a)
Bendigo 67 (Raincock-Ekunwe 15p 7r, Dietrick 14p 5r, Griffin 13p)
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Adelaide 58 (Elsworthy 11p, Roberts 10p, Planeta 8p 6r)
Dandenong 85 (Cumming 22p 5r, Blicavs 20p 5s, Scherf 11p, Clydesdale 10p, Malott 9p 6r)
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Sydney 90 (Taylor 32p 9r, Mitchell 17p 5r 11a 4s, Hamson 10p 7r 5b, Tupaea 10p 8r, Wilson 9p)
Perth 78 (Mijovic 22p 7r, Hamblin 14p 9r, Edmondson 11p, Whitcomb 10p 6a 6s, Butler 10p, Lavey 4p 5r 8a)
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Canberra 77 (Tolo 28p 8r, Mansfield 19p 5r 6a, Ruef 7p 8r, Wehrung 7p, Froling 7p, Gwathmey 6p)
Bendigo 63 (Griffin 20p, Raincock-Ekunwe 13p, Payne 10p 8r, Dietrick 6p 7r)
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Melbourne 79 (Garrick 21p 5r, Smart 10p, Kunek 9p, Thompson 8p 7r)
Perth 87 (Whitcomb 25p 5a, Hamblin 17p 10r, Mijovic 14p 6r, Butler 10p, Burton 8p 7r)
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Ladder:

Dandenong Rangers 13-5
Sydney Uni Flames 13-6
Perth Lynx 11-7
Townsville Fire 11-8
UC Capitals 10-8
Bendigo Spirit 10-9
Melbourne Boomers 4-14
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Hamson seems to be doing well with Sydney. I'm hoping she gets another shot in the W this year.



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Round 16

Just 3 rounds left in the regular season, and the playoff picture is still as unclear as ever.
Dandenong stumbled in Perth, and Sydney survived two thrillers to take their #1 spot, thanks to Suzy Batkovic missing both free throws at the end of the game when her team trailed by 1. Ouch.
Raincock-Ekunwe was moved to the bench and responded with a huge game to keep Bendigo alive.

Melbourne 66 (Kunek 17p, Garrick 11p, Keane 9p, Bowen 9p)
Dandenong 78 (Blicavs 25p 6r, Cumming 16p 6r, Kennedy 9p, Clydesdale 8p, Malott 8p)
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Canberra 75 (Tolo 16p 11r, Mansfield 16p 8a, Ruef 15p 10r, Wehrung 14p, Gwathmey 6p)
Sydney 77 (Snell 30p 8r, Mitchell 16p 5a, Taylor 13p 7r, Hamson 8p 7r)
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Adelaide 60 (Hodges 23p, Planeta 9p 6r, Roberts 8p 8r, Logic 7p 8r 6a)
Perth 80 (Whitcomb 23p 6r 5s, Edmondson 14p, Phillips 13p, Hamblin 8p 8r, Mijovic 7p 9r, Butler 7p)
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Bendigo 76 (Raincock-Ekunwe 27p 10r, Harrington 13p, Richards 12p, Griffin 7p 11r, Karaitiana 7p 6r)
Melbourne 69 (Thompson 15p 9r, Cole 15p 5r 5a, Kunek 15p, Garrick 9p 6r, Keane 8p 5r 4s)
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Townsville 75 (Batkovic 21p 7r, Murray 15p 6r, Cocks 13p, Garbin 11p 7r, Standish 9p, Cloud 4p 7a)
Sydney 76 (Mitchell 15p 7r, Snell 14p 6a 3b, Taylor 12p 5r, Hamson 11p 10r 3b, Wilson 7p 7r)
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Perth 87 (Whitcomb 27p 6r, Hamblin 12p 8r 4b, Butler 12p, Edmondson 11p, Lavey 10p, Burton 8p)
Dandenong 77 (Novosel 20p 5a, Malott 18p 5r, Blicavs 15p 5r, Scherf 11p)
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Ladder:

Sydney Uni Flames 15-6
Dandenong Rangers 14-6
Perth Lynx 13-7
Townsville Fire 11-9
Bendigo Spirit 11-9
UC Capitals 10-9
Melbourne Boomers 4-16
Adelaide Lightning 2-18



Stat Leaders:

Points:
1 Sami Whitcomb 23.95
2 Suzy Batkovic 20.70
3 Marianna Tolo 18.53
4 Laura Hodges 17.50
5 Asia Taylor 16.67
6 Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe 16.45
7 Stephanie Cumming 16.35
8 Leilani Mitchell 16.19
9 Sara Blicavs 16.05
10 Kelsey Griffin 15.00

Rebounds:
1 Mikaela Ruef 10.63
2 Suzy Batkovic 10.55
3 Marianna Tolo 8.68
4 Jennifer Hamson 8.37
5 Asia Taylor 8.06
6 Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe 7.80
7 Kelsey Griffin 7.75
8 Ruth Hamblin 7.65
9 Carley Mijovic 7.35
10 Laura Hodges 7.25

Assists:
1 Leilani Mitchell 6.19
2 Samantha Logic 5.45
3 Lauren Mansfield 4.84
4 Belinda Snell 4.67
5 Tessa Lavey 4.50
6 Natasha Cloud 4.45
7 Sami Whitcomb 4.20
8 Kelly Wilson 3.60
9 Rebecca Cole 3.35
10 Stephanie Cumming 3.30



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Round 17

Melbourne & Adelaide were competitive this weekend, but still lost.
The important games involved the jostling for that last playoff spot, and Townsville came through in a huge way, winning their road double-header despite being without Cloud due to injury. Batkovic dominant in both games.
Bendigo & Canberra both lost, and are now unlikely to get to 4th spot (although it is still mathematically possible)
There's still a good battle going on among the top 3 teams for positioning as well.


Adelaide 66 (Ciabattoni 17p 9r, Hodges 16p 6r, Planeta 10p)
Canberra 74 (Tolo 20p 9r, Mansfield 18p 5r 5a, Ruef 11p 20r)
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Dandenong 78 (Blicavs 24p, Cumming 16p 5a, Novosel 14p 7r 4s)
Townsville 92 (Batkovic 26p 11r, Cocks 25p 7r, Murray 20p 7r 6a)
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Bendigo 77 (Griffin 28p 8r, Raincock-Ekunwe 12p 14r, Dietrick 12p 5a)
Townsville 83 (Batkovic 31p 7r 4b, Murray 22p, Garbin 12p 5r)
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Melbourne 67 (Garrick 16p, Smart 11p, Cole 10p 6r)
Sydney 72 (Taylor 28p 15r, Hamson 10p 7r, Snell 10p, Mitchell 8p 7a)
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Perth 84 (Whitcomb 27p 7r 5a 4s, Mijovic 14p 6r, Hamblin 12p 10r, Butler 9p)
Canberra 72 (Mansfield 19p 5r 6a, Tolo 17p 6r, Ruef 10p 12r, Gwathmey 9p)
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Ladder:
Sydney Uni Flames 16-6
Dandenong Rangers 14-7
Perth Lynx 14-7
Townsville Fire 13-9
Bendigo Spirit 11-10
UC Capitals 11-10
Melbourne Boomers 4-17
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I don't usually campaign for other players, but someone really needs to at least give Whitcomb a training camp look.



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