Tuesday, May 15, 2018

After starting their season with three consecutive losses, the Launceston Tornadoes are back on track with a 4-4 record and the arrival of Lauren Mansfield, the Round 6 Player of the Week, has coincided with that return to form.

The point guard led the Tornadoes to wins over Frankston and Albury/Wodonga last weekend, averaging 25.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals in a consummate performance at both ends of the floor.

On Friday night at home, Launceston blew Frankston out of the water with a 29-9 opening term and Mansfield set the tone with five points, two rebounds, two steals and even a block on Toccara Ross by the first break.

The Blues responded to cut the lead to 13 midway through the second period but Mansfield knocked down a three to stem the tide and then went on to score eight in a row for the game to reclaim the ascendancy for Launceston.

Frankston kept the game at a similar margin through the second half but the Tornadoes were never truly bothered, winning 98-86.

Mansfield continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with eight more points in the second and nine points in the final term, all on three-pointers as she lit up the opposition from beyond the arc.

The point guard finished with 31 points for the game on 11-21 shooting including 7-12 from the three-point line while her eight assists led to 19 points for team mates and she also recorded five steals.

In a rare occurrence for the Tornadoes, they then hit the road a day later to take on Albury/Wodonga but despite facing the double-header, they put in a stunning offensive display to win 115-91.

Mansfield was one of three players to score 20+ and she added another three three-pointers while shooting 50% from the field as Launceston hit 18 three’s at 52% field goal shooting as a team.

She further impacted the scoreboard with three offensive rebounds leading to seven points while another five assists helped Launceston score 13 points with their offence now the third most productive in the league.

Assimilating back into SEABL life after a season in Poland, Mansfield now sits in the top 20 for points per game at 16.5 as well as second overall for assists at 5.5.

Lauren Mansfield Round 6 Stats: 25.5 points on 17-33 (52%) shooting including 10-20 (50%) three-point shooting, 3.5 rebounds (three offensive), 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game.