THE Cockburn Cougars consolidated their top eight Women’s SBL position and bounced back from a Friday night loss to beat the East Perth Eagles 70-63 at Wally Hagan Stadium on Sunday.
That seven-point victory for the Cougars was the conclusion to a fascinating Week 15 of the Women’s SBL.
Week 15 began on Friday night with the Perry Lakes Hawks defeating the Cockburn Cougars 88-81, the South West Slammers beating the East Perth Eagles 85-69 and the Stirling Senators downing the Rockingham Flames 73-67.
There were another three matches on Saturday night with the Kalamunda Eastern Suns downing the South West Slammers 83-77, the Mandurah Magic defeating the Perth Redbacks 90-61 and the Willetton Tigers beating the Rockingham Flames 78-55.
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That all led into Sunday’s clash at Wally Hagan Stadium with the Cougars looking to bounce back from a loss to the Lady Hawks on Friday night.
East Perth had also played on Friday and lost at home to the Slammers by 16 points.
Cockburn needed the win to ensure it maintained a bit of a gap in eighth spot on the chasing park while East Perth was just looking for its third win of 2017.
The Cougars were able to pull away in the second quarter to lead 33-28 at half-time. Cockburn then built its lead to eight points by three quarter-time and held on to win by seven.
The win improves Cockburn to a 7-11 record on the season in eighth position while the Eagles slip to 2-15.
Kersten Mitchell had a tremendous afternoon for the Cougars finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists on the back of shooting 11-of-17 from the field.
Taryn Priestly added 16 points and six assists for Cockburn while Lindsey Doucette added 12 points, eight boards, three steals and two blocked shots.
BJ Moyes also had five points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds as point guard.
Kaylee Kilpatrick battled hard for the Eagles and ended the game with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Akim Lual finished with eight points off the bench for East Perth with Eryn Fisher contributing six points, Amy Chinnery five (four assists) and Haylee De Sousa five (five rebounds, four rebounds).
FRIDAY NIGHT ROUND 15 WOMEN’S SBL RESULTS
Perry Lakes Hawks 88 defeated Cockburn Cougars 81
East Perth Eagles 69 lost to South West Slammers 85
Rockingham Flames 67 lost to Stirling Senators 73
SATURDAY NIGHT ROUND 15 WOMEN’S SBL RESULTS
South West Slammers 77 lost to Kalamunda Eastern Suns 83
Mandurah Magic 90 defeated Perth Redbacks 61
Willetton Tigers 78 defeated Rockingham Flames 55
SUNDAY ROUND 15 WOMEN’S SBL RESULTS
Cockburn Cougars 70 defeated East Perth Eagles 63
Photo by Mick Cronin