Jayco Opal Suzy Batkovic-Brown has earned back-to-back Player of the Week honours in the Women's National Basketball League.
The 192cm centre was the dominant player on court when leading the Sydney Uni Flames past the Canberra Capitals in Round 9, equalling her season best tally of 31 points, at 62 percent from the field, to go with a game high 12 rebounds as the Flames downed the Caps in Canberra.
Batkovic-Brown grabbed two steals and blocked two shots while restricting her opposing centres Marianna Tolo and Tracey Beatty to nine points and seven rebounds between them on their home court.
“I’d be happy if I didn’t score a point and we won, so getting a road win and putting up some decent numbers is even better,” Batkovic-Brown said. “We’re coming together as a team and that makes my job easier.”
Adelaide centre Cayla Francis was unlucky not to receive this week’s award after she posted a personal season best 27 points. The Round 5 Player of the Week added an equal game high 12 boards and dished three assists in the Lightning’s 86-65 victory over Logan Thunder at home.
Bulleen Boomers centre Liz Cambage also put in a good performance as Bulleen downed Townsville in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. The Jayco Opal posted game high numbers in points (24), rebounds (9) and blocked shots (4).
Other noteworthy performances from Round 9 included:
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT: Tess Madgen led the AIS with a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a home loss to Canberra.
ADELAIDE LINK LIGHTNING: Renae Camino had her best game since returning from injury with a 21 point, 10 rebound double-double while point guard Angela Marino added 17 points and 10 assists.
BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT: Kristi Harrower tallied a game high 17 points and 6 assists to go with 8 rebounds in a road victory over Perth.
GLOBAL METALS BULLEEN BOOMERS: Sharin Milner scored 14 points and dished 9 rebounds in a home win against Townsville to go with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
CANBERRA TRANSACT CAPITALS: Jess Bibby led the Caps with 20 points and 3 rebounds in a home loss to Sydney. Natalie Hurst added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Chantella Perera posted a career best 18 points in an away victory against the AIS.
DANDENONG JAYCO RANGERS: Stephanie Cumming posted an equal team high 10 points, adding 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists in a home win over Townsville.
BDS LOGAN THUNDER: Natalie Purcell topped Logan’s scoring with 18 points including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and added 4 rebounds.
GO FOR 2 AND 5 PERTH LYNX: Takia Starks topped Perth’s scoring with 15 points and bagged 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Melissa Marsh grabbed a game high 11 boards to go with 9 points.
ACUVUE SYDNEY UNI FLAMES: Deanna Smith was good in support of Batkovic-Brown with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
TOWNSVILLE MCCAFE FIRE: Amy Lewis led the Fire in scoring against Bulleen with 22 points in a road loss to the Boomers. She added 11 points in a loss to Dandenong while Aneka Davis stood up with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds against the Rangers to go with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists against Bulleen.
WNBL Player of the Week 2009/10
Round 1: Elyse Penaluna (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 2: Kristi Harrower (Bendigo Spirit)
Round 3: Angela Marino (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 4: Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals)
Round 5: Cayla Francis (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 6: Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals)
Round 7: Eva Afeaki (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 8: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 9: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (Sydney Uni Flames)