05/03/2024

Kristy Wallace driving to the basket. (Image: WNBL website/gallery)

Despite being challenged in the second quarter by a resilient UC Capitals outfit, the Melbourne Boomers had several contributions and showed their intensity on both ends of the floor to seal victory.

Whilst it was a challenge for the Capitals missing Jade Melbourne through injury, their depth was going to be tested.

Kristy Wallace and Mia Murray were instrumental in the first quarter for the Boomers, finishing with eight and seven points respectively.

The Capitals made a run of their own to cut the lead to six points late in the quarter, but the Boomers were too strong defensively, holding them to 22 points.

The Capitals challenged the Boomers for half of the second quarter, cutting the lead to as much as one point, lifting their intensity.

Alex Bunton was instrumental in the post, being a strong target and forcing the Boomers’ bigs to get into foul trouble. However, the likes of Wallace, Cayla George, and Penina Davidson stepped up when the Boomers needed a basket, whilst Mia Murray continued to shoot the lights out.

One positive the Capitals took from the first half was the rebounding count, 21-18, but the Boomers shooting percentage from the field continued to be high.

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The Boomers had a strong third quarter, outscoring the Capitals 28-12 to seal the victory. Whilst the Boomers bigs in Penina Davidson and Cayla George worked well together in the post, Tiffany Mitchell had a strong quarter, scoring 13 points, helping the Boomers take a 27-point lead at three-quarter time.

The Boomers bench made an impact in the last quarter, with Rachel Brewster stepping onto the court with a strong 11 points. The Boomers were once again instrumental on the offensive and defensive ends, to seal the victory to win, 103-68.

Six players for the Melbourne Boomers finished the game scoring double figures, Tiffany Mitchell (21 points, seven assists, two rebounds), Penina Davidson (19 points, five rebounds, two steals), shooting 100% from the field, and Kristy Wallace (15 points, seven assists, four rebounds) were among the Boomers’ best.

The Boomers now have a two-week break before facing the Lynx in Perth on December 2, whilst the Capitals face the Lightning on November 30 in Adelaide.

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