THE Willetton Tigers finished off an impressive double-header with a big win in the Women’s SBL over the Cockburn Cougars on Sunday with the Stirling Senators also continuing its momentum beating the South West Slammers.
There were two matches on Sunday in the Women’s SBL to close the Round 10 action with the Willetton Tigers beating the Cockburn Cougars 87-67 at Wally Hagan Stadium. The Stirling Senators also defeated the South West Slammers 89-73 at Warwick Stadium.
That comes after the round got underway with two games on Friday night that saw the Lakeside Lightning beat the Mandurah Magic 100-64 and the Rockingham Flames defeat the Perth Redbacks 74-62.
Then on Saturday night, the Willetton Tigers beat the Joondalup Wolves 94-54, the Cockburn Cougars downed the East Perth Eagles 95-63 and the Kalamunda Eastern Suns defeated the Mandurah Magic 83-60.
The Women’s SBL action on Sunday got underway at Wally Hagan Stadium with Cockburn and Willetton both coming off Saturday night victories.
The Cougars had beaten the Eagles by 32 points and the Tigers downed the Lady Wolfpack by 40 points setting the stage for an intriguing battle at noon on Sunday.
It was Willetton who started strongly with 26 points to 17 in the first quarter and the Tigers maintained the advantage the rest of the way never giving up the lead and ending up winning by 20 points after leading by as much as 23.
The win improves the Tigers to a 8-2 record on the season in second position while the Cougars are 4-7 in eighth.
Ashli Payne top-scored for Willetton with 16 points and eight rebounds while Carla Drennan continued her progression with 14 points, five boards and two assists.
Ajay Johnson backed up her big game on Saturday night with another 13 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Tigers while Emma Gandini finished with 14 points, four steals and two assists, and Zoe Harper 11 points, seven boards and three assists.
Kisha Lee top-scored for Cockburn with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals with BJ Moyes adding 16 points, six boards and six assists, Isabelle Miotti nine points, six rebounds and three assists, and Taryn Priestly eight points, four boards and three assists.
The last game of the round took place at Warwick Stadium with the Senators and Slammers both making their first appearances of Round 10.
Stirling was on top from the outset leading 27-13 at quarter-time and the Senators still led 49-37 at half-time. The Senators maintained their advantage throughout the second half to win by 16 points.
That sees the Senators improve to a 5-6 record on the season in seventh position while the Slammers are ninth at 4-7.
Amber Land was again a rock inside for Stirling and finished the game with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists on shooting 7/11 from the field and 5/8 from the foul line.
Janee Johnson added 17 points, four rebounds and two steals for the Senators with Emma Berryman contributing 17 points, four rebounds and four assists, Jasmine Martin 11 points, seven boards and three steals, and Hannah Throns 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Charlotte van Kleef did all she could for the Slammers finishing with 23 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Courtney Bayliss added 17 points and 11 rebounds with Georgia Denehey contributing 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Tayah Burrows nine points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
WEEK 10 WOMEN’S SBL FIXTURES
Mandurah Magic 64 lost to Lakeside Lightning 100
Rockingham Flames 74 defeated Perth Redbacks 62
Willetton Tigers 94 defeated Joondalup Wolves 54
East Perth Eagles 63 lost to Cockburn Cougars 95
Kalamunda Eastern Suns 83 defeated Mandurah Magic 60
Cockburn Cougars 67 lost to Willetton Tigers 87
Stirling Senators 89 defeated South West Slammers 73