In a clash that had plenty of momentum swings, the Melbourne Boomers made a comeback in the second half to seal victory in overtime in what was a tale of two halves against the Adelaide Lightning.
The Boomers got off to a strong start, scoring the opening first seven points, thanks to Mia Murray and Kristy Wallace. From there, the Lightning stepped up on offence, not allowing any easy possessions for the Boomers.
Steph Talbot was influential for the Lightning’s offence, scoring 13 points and setting the tone which gave her side a 13-point lead at quarter time.
The Boomers fought back in the second quarter, scoring 21 points for the quarter. Murray and Cayla George lifted Melbourne by driving to the basketball and hitting baskets from the three-point line.
However, the Lightning’s defence made tough work, forcing the Boomers into foul trouble and continuing to hit tough baskets.
Adelaide’s bench was the differing factor for the first half, with the likes of Ella Batish, Isabel Borlase, Abby Cubillo, and Marena Whittle all making an impact off the bench.
The Boomers had an instrumental third quarter as Mia Murray and Cayla George continued their strong shooting display. The Boomers’ offence started to gel after a slow start in the first half.
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In a frantic last quarter, the Boomers carried the momentum. Nelson-Ododa made some big plays in the low post.
In the final two minutes of the game, each team had their chance to secure the win, but with both teams turning the ball over down the stretch, nothing could separate them at the end of regulation.
Both teams once more went basket for basket in overtime, ramping up defensively. The Boomers at key moments were able to make key stops and convert whilst the Lightning made costly turnovers down the stretch, allowing the Boomers to seal the victory.
Mia Murray (34 points, four rebounds, and two assists), Cayla George with a triple-double (30 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists), Olivia Nelson-Ododa (21 points, seven rebounds, and three steals), and Kristy Wallace (13 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals) were among the Boomers’ best.
The Boomers next face the Townsville Fire in round eight, for the second time this season in another blockbuster clash.
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