Perth Lynx have continued their recent domination of the Sydney Uni Flames with a 91-82 victory in NSW tonight.
The Lynx extended their winning streak over the Flames to seven matches as Alison Schwagmeyer-Belger produced another starring performance.
The energetic guard recorded her third double-double for the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Flames had no answers to her intensity and skill.
“Swags is having such a great year and I’m thrilled for her,” co-captain Lauren Mansfield said.
“She works so hard and you can see the benefits of that in her game.”
Co-captain Katie Ebzery returned from Australian Opals duties to score 20 points while Maddie Allen continued her impressive form in Imani McGee-Stafford’s absence by reaching double figure points for the first time in her career.
Allen scored 12 points and had six rebounds.
“It’s awesome for Maddie,” Mansfield said.
“She’s been getting opportunities with Imani injured and she’s not just going out there and playing, she is absolutely making the most of her chance which is great.”
Import Ariel Atkins also scored 12 points and Marena Whittle’s aggression was important with eight points and eight rebounds.
Colleen Planeta and Alex Wilson top scored for the Flames with 16 points each. Lauren Scherf (13), Jessica Kuster (13) and Alice Kunek (10) were also in double figures.
The Lynx wasted opportunities to win by more by missing their first seven free throws. But they won the rebound battle, which has been an issue for most of the season and produced 54 points in the paint, to show a different side to their game.
“It’s nice to get another win,” Mansfield said.
“They made us work pretty hard for the win because they started really well and came out firing but i was really pleased at how we responded and the style of play we produced. There’s a lot to be positive about from that game.”
The Lynx are now 3-4 but face the enormous challenge of facing Canberra in the nation’s capital on Sunday
Canberra have won their last 14 home games and will also have the advantage of being fresh having not played another match this round.