For the second week running Townsville Fire posted a century of points in the Australian WNBL this week demolishing Adelaide Lightning 101-41. The Lightning were outplayed in all facets of the game, they trailed 57-24 at half time and never looked like threatening the defending champions. The Lightning’s cause was not helped when Jess Bygate fouled out in 13 minutes with just two rebounds to her name.
Chevannah Paalvast scored 7 points for Townsville at an efficient 1 from 1 from beyond the three-point arc and 4/5 from the charity stripe. Micaela Cocks had a quiet night scoring with just a couple of free throws and unusually missing with all six of her attempts from the field.
The Lightning had to take the court the next day against the South East Queensland Stars, the Stars debuting in the WNBL this season. Unfortunately for Adelaide and Bygate lightning did strike twice, not only did they lose heavily but also they gave up a ton of points again (104-74) and to compound problems the Tall Ferns forward fouled out in quick time once more.
Bygate’s departure was even quicker than against the Fire accruing her five fouls in just less than 11 minutes. During that time she accumulated 7 points, 3 rebounds, a steal and a block.
The Perth Lynx hosted the Dandenong Rangers on Sunday and moved their record to 3-1 with an 83-74 victory over the previously unbeaten Rangers. Toni Edmondson played 20 minutes off the bench scoring 4 points in addition to snaring a steal and dishing a pair of assists.
Over in France Erin Rooney caught the Bygate bug as she also fouled out in near record time. Rooney lasted just 18 minutes as COB Calais lost their fifth straight game going down 92-54 to Lattes Montpellier. Remarkably, despite reduced minutes, Rooney managed to top score for Calais scoring 14 points on the back of 4 from 6 shooting. Loved the name of the Montpellier’s American import – Misty Bass – sounds like a fish you would catch down at the quay in Calais!
After a couple of twenty plus hauls in the last two weeks Jillian Harmon notched a more sedate 8 points as Le Mura Lucca accounted for Battipaglia 80-51 in the Italian League. Battipaglia were careless with the pill and committed 33 turnovers, a large number to Harmon, who grabbed 7 steals.
Lucca raced away to a 15-0 lead winning the first quarter 33-8 on their way to a fourth straight victory and a four-way share of top spot on the Serie A ladder.