THE Round Eight Women’s SBL Player of the Week has been awarded to Jennie Rintala of the Kalamunda Eastern Suns.
Kalamunda have jumped into the Finals conversation following their 3-game winning streak, largely on the back of standout performances from Jennie Rintala and teammate Alex Ciabattoni.
Round Eight saw the Eastern Suns take on the Joondalup Wolves and Cockburn Cougars, two genuine playoff teams. Friday night at Joondalup, Rintala led with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks on the Eastern Suns way to a 78-75 victory. Perhaps her best statistic was holding Wolves centre Ellyce Ironmonger to 5 rebounds for the game.
The next night, the Eastern Suns claimed victory at home over the Cougars 87-62, with Rintala contributing 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in just 29 minutes. Rintala wasn’t able to be contained inside, and went 12-13 from the free-throw line on the way to her game high.
The Eastern Suns, now sit 6-4 and 6th on the WSBL ladder. The road ahead won’t be easy, as they come against Flames (4th), Magic (3rd) and Redbacks (2nd).
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