Sturt with two in a row, outclassing the high-flying Mavericks

Sturt Sabres 80| Eastern Mavericks 61

The Sabres led from start to finish, prevailing 80-61, after a strong first half overwhelmed the highly fancied visitors.  

Sturt captain Caroline Burgess led by example early with an impressive 11 point first quarter, as she found plenty of space to pull up a number of jumpers.

Kayla Matthews was also lively from the outset, driving well into the key as the Sabres played a fast tempo game.

Mavericks Coach Nathan Jones was fired up and urged his team to respond, as Eastern looked rattled without one of their stars, Alex Wilson.

A late cameo from Lauren Gibbons ensured that Sturt’s lead remained in double-digits, 27-16, at quarter time.

The Sabres continued to press the Mavericks, causing turnovers and passing errors (26-5 points on turnovers) as their lead stretched beyond 20 points.

Elissa Brett was making a substantial impact from her limited minutes thus far with 10 points to the half, whilst Hannah Richards was unchallenged under the rim with a monumental 11 first-half rebounds.  

The energetic Kedeisha Kartinyeri tried to provide Eastern with some much-needed run and dare, but it was Sturt that had all the answers and a 21 point lead at the main break.

Both teams entertained a good Pasadena crowd in the third, in a very open display. Kate Gladstone knocked a couple of threes (four for the night), whilst Hayley Wadforth proved a sharp shooter within the arc with eight points at over 80%.

Despite remaining competitive, Eastern struggled to get any continuity and Sturt remained near 20 point leaders as the game descended into its final minutes.

Whilst a quieter night on points, Sarah Elsworthy was instrumental in Sturt’s passing game with six assists and ensured that a late Mavericks charged couldn’t gain any momentum.

Burgess finished with 19 points and six rebounds, complemented extremely well by Brett’s (14 points, seven boards) bright game. Both Hannah Richards and Stewart were important under the rim for Sturt, combining for 23 boards.

Rachel Hines collected a near double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds for Eastern, but there wasn’t any player that could honestly say that they were happy with their performance. 

The Mavericks have now lost their top spot, slipping to third on the back of two losses in their last three games.

Only time will tell if Eastern can arrest their form slump and seriously challenge, with many now questioning if they peaked too early and will ultimately fizzle out come finals.  




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Average Points
2017 Premier League Women
Alex  Wilson
Leader
26.84
AV PTS
Pos Player Team AV PTS 2 Jessica Good Norwood 18.4 3 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 16.38 4 Jo Hill North 14.74 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 14.67
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
13.5
AV REB
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 11.11 3 Jo Hill North 8.68 4 Caroline Burgess Sturt 8.44 5 Hannah Hank Centrals 7.92
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Women
Jessica Good
Leader
6.05
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Kedeisha Kartinyeri Eastern 4.4 3 Alexandra Green Southern 4.33 4 Jo Hill North 4.11 5 Norrisha Victrum North 4
Free Throw Percentage
2017 Premier League Women
Denelle Fawcett
Leader
87.76
FT%
Pos Player Team FT% 2 Jo Hill North 85.23 3 Jessica Good Norwood 82.68 4 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 81.33 5 Shannon Mckay Norwood 78.26
Three Point Percentage
2017 Premier League Women
Alex  Wilson
Leader
35.33
3P%
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Demi Skinner Southern 35.29 3 Shannon Mckay Norwood 34.65 4 Alexandra Green Southern 34.33 5 Jessy Ward Norwood 32.86
Match Points
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Total Rebounds
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Pos Player Team TR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 211 3 Jo Hill North 165 4 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 156 5 Caroline Burgess Sturt 152
Total Assists
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Total Offensive Rebounds
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Total Defensive Rebounds
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Pos Player Team DR 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 179 3 Jo Hill North 115 4 Caroline Burgess Sturt 113 5 Mollie Mckendrick Southern 110
Total Blocks
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Pos Player Team BL 2 Alex Wilson Eastern 33 3 Tayla Corrigan North 29 4 Chelsea Brook Norwood 21
Total Free Throws Made
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Total Steals
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Total Turnovers
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Total Three Points Made
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Total Personal Fouls
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Average Points
2017 Premier League Men
Majok Deng
Leader
26.94
AV PTS
Pos Player Team AV PTS 2 Darrius Oldham West 26.23 3 Aric Miller North 24.2 4 Alexander Starling North 23.47 5 Jerrell Sanders Norwood 18.87
Average Rebounds
2017 Premier League Men
Pos Player Team AV REB 2 Majok Deng Forestvill 12.12 3 David Humphries Centrals 10.9 4 Jerrell Sanders Norwood 8.27 5 Darrius Oldham West 8.18
Average Assists
2017 Premier League Men
Kellen Smith
Leader
6.4
AV ASS
Pos Player Team AV ASS 2 Samuel Daly Sturt 5.9 3 Patrick Thomas West 5.8 4 Darren Ng Woodville 4.21 5 Jake Rios Forestvill 3.94
Free Throw Percentage
2017 Premier League Men
Darren Ng
Leader
91.89
FT%
Pos Player Team FT% 2 Lachlan Barker Eastern 84.13 3 Jacob Rigoni Sturt 83.33 4 Darrius Oldham West 82.42 5 Jake Rios Forestvill 80.95
Three Point Percentage
2017 Premier League Men
Pos Player Team 3P% 2 Brad Jonnek North 38.89 3 Tristan Braithwaite West 38.54 4 Nelson Larkins Centrals 36.56 5 Patrick Thomas West 34.78
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Total Steals
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Total Personal Fouls
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