Featured Game of The Week – Ballarat Rush vs. Nunawading Spectres
Saturday 6th July- 6:00pm @ MARS Minerdome
Ballarat are in free-fall as we enter the final three rounds of the regular season but they will be desperate to get back on track at home and upset the Spectres who are fighting to move back into a top-two position on Saturday night.
Dropping seven games in a row, the Rush are struggling to contain teams and with an average of 80 points against this season, they own the equal-second worst defence in the league.
Heading into the opposite direction, Nunawading had won seven in a row before last weekend when they stumbled against Diamond Valley.
That loss was enough to move them to third place and with every other team in the top six currently owning a significant winning streak, their margin for error is small as they aim to stay in the top four.
The Spectres did get the better of Ballarat only a fortnight ago though, succeeding by 24 points as they shot 48% from the field and out-scored the Rush by 27 from beyond the arc.
They also tallied 25 assists on 34 field goals as Vanessa Panousis lit them up with 14 points on 4-7 three-point shooting and three assists, Keeley Frawley hit 7-9 from the field for 16 points and Marena Whittle tallied 20 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Hsi-Le Bao has the height advantage to counter Whittle in the paint while Amy Griffin and Courtney Walker can also contribute in the paint but Ballarat must be able to shut down Nunawading’s perimeter game if they are to reverse the Round 11 result.
Round 13 Notables:
-Sammie Simmons chalks up 200 games for Frankston this weekend when the Blues host Diamond Valley on Saturday night.
-It is a big weekend for the Eagles who have raced back into the top eight with four straight wins and with little room for error, they must capitalise on two winnable games in Round 13 against -Hobart on Friday night and Frankston.
-With one game to make up on the top eight, Hobart hit the road for a double-header as they then visit Albury/Wodonga on Saturday night.
-The other Tasmanian team, Launceston, also face a double-header away from home with games against Bendigo and Melbourne further shaping their chances to move into the top four.
-The Tigers got the better of the Tornadoes by just four points when they last met in Round 10 while the Braves will meet Launceston for the first time since they beat them in last year’s South Conference Final.
-Seventh-placed Dandenong hosts eighth-placed Melbourne in a big game on Saturday night with a loss for either team potentially dropping them out of the top eight. The clubs will meet again next week in a week of major implications for both sides.
-Kilsyth beat Geelong by six points back in Round 11 and they will meet again this weekend in a re-match of last year’s East Conference Final.
Find the full fixture for the women in Round 13 via the SEABL website here.
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