The Bendigo Braves have completed a sweep of the Round 1 awards with Nadeen Payne following Jeremy Kendle’s nomination as the women’s Player of the Week.
Having made a name for herself with the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL, particularly during the most recent season when Kelsey Griffin went down with injury, Payne looks set for a big SEABL campaign after recording 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and a steal against Diamond Valley.
Scoring seven more points than any other player in the league over the weekend, Payne shot 14-19 from the field at 73% while also hitting 3-5 from beyond the arc.
Among a small starting five, Payne’s work under the rim was also important to the Braves as she battled fellow WNBL player Lauren Scherf and her double-double was a strong result while she also tallied three offensive boards which led to six points for herself.
Proving her ability to knock down shots from all areas of the floor, the forward hit 10-13 from the paint and one mid-range bucket to go with her three three-pointers.
Admitting the team was nervous pre-game, Payne and the Braves found themselves down by seven at quarter-time but they kicked into gear with a second term stranglehold on Diamond Valley.
Bendigo restricted them to just five points on 2-14 shooting and Payne doubled their tally by herself, scoring ten points to go with her seven points from the first period.
Ahead by six after the main break, the Braves then put their foot down with a 29-12 third quarter to seal the victory and Payne led the charge with another 13 points to again out-score the opposition by herself.
She then capped the performance with seven points in the final term, staking her claim as one of the competition’s most damaging scorers for the 2018 season.
Nadeen Payne Round 1 Stats: 37 points on 14-19 (73%) shooting including 3-5 (60%) three-point shooting, 12 rebounds (three offensive), four assists, one steal.